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Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party and Melbourne Festival Visual Arts Launch

 

5 and 6 October 2011 Melbourne Festival 2011 opening party and Melbourne Festival 2011 Visual Arts launch at ACCA photos and stories; MiSociety

Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at the Forum Theatre – A festival thing happened on the way to the Forum
Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party saw a thousand Melbournians converge beneath the sky blue ceiling of the Forum Theatre to celebrate the launch of this year’s showcasing of an amazing diversity of events covering Theatre, Dance, Music, Opera, Visual Arts and Film.

Ted Baillieu, Minister for the Arts Victoria, enthusiastically opened the festival encouraging everyone on the night to get down and ‘party’.  So ‘party’ everyone did which apparently overwhelmed the event caterers who appeared to not realise that a thousand people like to be fed and that their discarded drinking glasses need to be collected.  As the ‘contemporary’ glass mountain grew on our table we were forced to vacate to a less encumbered space. 

The Forum Theatre in Melbourne is one extraordinary building constructed in the style of an outdoor amphitheatre and dating back to the 1920’s.   Under the watchful eyes of the surrounding Romanesque statues and gargoyles party goers filed in with not one appearing to give thought to the Christian Revivalists that once occupied the space.  The place is fabulous in its ugliness so let’s all rejoice that it has slipped the grasp of developers.

The Love Birds were the sole act of the night with their brief but ‘exotic’ cabaret performance on the stage that appeared to set up for a band.  As we waited for the live music to eventuate we were informed that , no, the instruments very lying in wait for MONO and the Holy Ground Orchestra who were due to perform the following night (is there some irony here?)  The DJ played on and the dance floor heaved in sync to herald in the much anticipated Melbourne Festival that will run until 22 October 2011.  

Melbourne Festival 2011 Visual Arts Launch Event at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) – Repertoire of the visually challenging
The Visual Arts component of the Melbourne Festival has a massive line-up of events for 2011 is designed to take us out of our comfort zone and to challenge ourselves with something new.  The launch of the 2011 Visual Arts Program at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) created an audible, excited buzz in the room from artists, the art cognoscenti and all in attendance inside the innovatively designed Melbourne centre.

Brett Sheehy, Artistic Director of the Melbourne Festival, extolled exuberantly from the podium the major events and exhibitions of the 2011 program prior the ‘red rope’ being withdrawn and guests invited in to browse their first contemporary experience of the Festival and where MiSociety met themselves four times in the contemporary ‘maze’ that is a must do.   Melbourne Festival Visual Arts Events info

Red Carpet photos, VIP photos and social photos; all photographic images are ©copyright MiSociety 2011 and may not be reproduced without permission – We only publish a selection from the many we have from each event. How to purchase high resolution photos

Quang Dinh, Richie 1250, Amanda Ton - Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

Quang Dinh, Richie 1250, Amanda Ton

Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

The Forum Melbourne - Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

The Forum Melbourne

Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

The Love Birds - Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

Melbourne Festival Opening Party - The Love Birds

Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

The Love Birds on stage - Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

Melbourne Festival Opening Party - The Love Birds on stage

Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

Geoffrey Rush in conversation - Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

Geoffrey Rush in conversation

Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

photo The Forum Melbourne - Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

photo The Forum Melbourne

Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

Vin Vijayan with Phillip Adams (Choreographer Melb Festival) - Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

Vin Vijayan with Phillip Adams (Choreographer Melb Festival)

Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

The Love Birds performing - Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

The Love Birds performing at the Melbourne Festival Opening Party

Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

The Love Birds - Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

Melbourne Festival Opening Party - The Love Birds

Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

smoochin with a Love Bird - Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

Melbourne Festival Opening Party - smoochin with a Love Bird

Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

David and Aaron - Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

David and Aaron

Melbourne Festival 2011 opening night party at The Forum

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art foyer - Melbourne Festival 2011 Visual Arts Launch Event at ACCA

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art foyer

Melbourne Festival 2011 Visual Arts Launch Event at ACCA

photo Georgina Prassas, Tehanee Bardolia, Hetty Downer, Viv Campbell - Melbourne Festival 2011 Visual Arts Launch Event at ACCA

photo Georgina Prassas, Tehanee Bardolia, Hetty Downer, Viv Campbell

Melbourne Festival 2011 Visual Arts Launch Event at ACCA

photo Philip Cornish and Anna Schwartz

photo Philip Cornish and Anna Schwartz

Andrea Stahel (Dev Coord Melb Festival) with Grace Davenport (ACCA Events Coord) - Melbourne Festival 2011 Visual Arts Launch Event at ACCA

photo Andrea Stahel (Dev Coord Melb Festival) with Grace Davenport (ACCA Events Coord)

Melbourne Festival 2011 Visual Arts Launch Event at ACCA

Daniela Valmorbida and Brett Sheehy (Artistic Dir Melb Festival) - Melbourne Festival 2011 Visual Arts Launch Event at ACCA

photo Daniela Valmorbida and Brett Sheehy (Artistic Dir Melb Festival)

Melbourne Festival 2011 Visual Arts Launch Event at ACCA

Cara Thompson, David Harris, Rowena Poon - Cara Thompson, David Harris, Rowena Poon

photo Cara Thompson, David Harris, Rowena Poon

Cara Thompson, David Harris, Rowena Poon

Grace Davenport and Cara Peake - Melbourne Festival 2011 Visual Arts Launch Event at ACCA

Grace Davenport and Cara Peake

Melbourne Festival 2011 Visual Arts Launch Event at ACCA

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