Nocturnal X Harlem



Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
What's On

Nocturnal channels Harlem for the city-wide MEL&NYC festival in August with a genre-crossing line-up co-curated by Melbourne's own block party extraordinaire MzRizk.

Book now for this 18+ event.

See live performances from The Rakiem Walker Project (New York), MzRizk, Glitter & Snatch, Tatafu, DRMGNOW, The Cook Island Drummers, 1/6 and 'Round Midnight's. Plus live dance performances from Glitter & Snatch, and spoken word performances from Hawiine, Lay the Mystic and Idil Ali.

Other highlights of the night include:

  • A dance-off on the Melbourne Museum Plaza
  • Gumbo Kitchen serving up delicious Southern fare
  • Vibrant large-scale projections of images by iconic Harlem photographer Camilo Vergera projected inside the museum

This special edition of Nocturnal will see Melbourne Museum transform, channelling the cultural melting pot of Harlem's city streets in an authentic cross-ocean collaboration.

Rakiem Walker Project
Rakiem Walker Project

From 6pm, Melbourne Museum's iconic Plaza space will host a genre-hopping dance-off with Gumbo Kitchen serving up delicious Southern fare, before party-goers head into Museum spaces filled with vibrant large-scale projections of images by iconic Harlem photographer Camilo Vergera.

Nocturnal is proud to present the Rakiem Walker Project, in Australia for the very first time. Direct from the jam-packed neighbourhood bars of Harlem, this beloved big-band is led by musical director and jazz saxophonist Rakiem Walker. Complemented by six masterly musicians, the Rakiem Walker Project will recreate their dynamic live show in collaboration with some stunning Melbourne vocalists. Sister soul/r'n'b outfit Tatafu, and Kalala of the 'Round Midnight's will fuse Melbourne perfectly with Harlem, before both acts play full sets on side-stages.


Booty hoppin', kick-kickin' Melbourne dance duo Glitter & Snatch will be throwing down throughout Melbourne Museum's galleries, before bringin’ it to the main stage, performing alongside MzRizk, 'Round Midnight's, and feel-good rapper 1/6.

With all corners of the Museum brought to life, The Cook Island Drummers will broadcast their fiery Pacific-inspired urban sounds from the Te Vainui O Pasifikia gallery. The Kalaya and Birrarung galleries will host the powerful sounds of popular Yorta Yorta beat maker drmngnow. The Melbourne Story gallery will be filled with the alluring sounds of Tatafu.

As always, there will be insight into the weird and wonderful world in which we live via a series of expert talks. Museums Victoria experts will touch of themes of transformation, community, identity and gentrification, highlighting synchronicities between the two cities. The ever-popular Wild gallery will host an hour of spoken word power courtesy of Hawiine, Lay the Mystic and Idil Ali.

MEL&NYC x Nocturnal offers a heady mix of funk, soul, jazz, r'n'b, hip hop, dance, performance, and 100% good vibes. Help us celebrate the shared excellence of these two thriving metropolises.