This July Nocturnal proudly celebrates Indigenous women for NAIDOC Week featuring live music from Thelma Plum, Mojo Juju, Kaiit, and Sovereign Trax.
Nocturnal is proud to celebrate Indigenous women with a July line-up inspired by this year's NAIDOC theme, 'Because of Her, We Can!' featuring some of this country's most exciting and formidable performers, the program is headed-up by the enigmatic Thelma Plum, pumped up by genre-defying rising star Kaiit and joined by rhythm 'n' blues tour de force Mojo Juju.
Beguiling, forthright and capable of casting a spell on audiences, award-winning singer-songwriter Thelma Plum has built an impressive national following since her 2012 debut. The triple j favourite spent 2017 recording her debut album between New York, London and Sydney, which fans can expect a taste of later in the year. At her Nocturnal debut, Plum will draw on the brave, dynamic sounds of her 'Monsters' EP, produced by renowned local beat-smith M-Phases. Thelma Plum will raise her voice proudly in support of all indigenous women, as she so often does.
Genre-defying, fragile, ballsy, ambiguous and raw. Mojo Juju has been called many things and yet she is forever hard to define. By her own explanation, Mojo has never felt comfortable with being categorised, and is increasingly deliberate in avoiding labels and defying genres. As a result, it is only in experiencing her live shows that one can begin to understand the full breadth of this dynamic artist. Expect a fearless display of expert noise-making that will rattle you right down to your bones, ahead of the release of Mojo Juju's new LP.
Blessed with an enchanting voice that crosses musical boundaries, PNG-born Melbournian Kaiit's love of jazz and neo-soul is evident in her music, drawing upon inspiration from her idols Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill and the contemporary sounds of Noname Gypsy and SZA. Kaiit’s artistic background in both beauty and fashion is apparent in her inimitable style and edgy aesthetic. 100% a fearless new talent to watch out for.
Revellers can break from the dance-floor and explore a brand new exhibition in Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre launched for NAIDOC week: Because of Her, We Can!. Shining a light on twelve Victorian First Peoples women who have achieved extraordinary things, objects on display will include a series of digging sticks, traditional women's tools, which are housed in Museums Victoria's collection. 'Because of Her, We Can!' also provides valuable background information about the important history of NAIDOC.
More than just a party, Nocturnal is the transformation of the museum into an adult playground.
Enjoy a rotating list of the latest bands and DJs performing live in the museum, with open bars, great food, roving entertainment, discussions with museum experts and learning experiences across collections, cultures and time.
These are after-hours events for adults 18 years and over.
Hospitality lounges and tailored event packages are on sale now. Contact Alex Fisher at [email protected] to find out more.