17 May 2018
Melbourne is set to take a bite out of the Big Apple this winter with a city-wide cultural festival celebrating all things New York and Melbourne.
Coinciding with the National Gallery of Victoria’s world-premiere exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, the MEL&NYC festival will celebrate the strong cultural connections between the two cities – across art, music, food, comedy, dance, film and more.
The festival will bring together local talent with New York’s finest, including comedian Ilana Glazer (Broad City); award-winning songstress Regina Spektor; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow; and guest chefs from acclaimed New York restaurant Momofuku.
The extensive music program includes a live RockWiz TV event paying homage to all things rock in New York; a tribute to Leonard Bernstein by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; and a jazz line-up curated by the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
It will also include secret pop-up gigs celebrating Melbourne and New York’s shared underground music scene.
The food culture of the two cities will come together through week-long residencies in restaurants and bars across Melbourne, with collaborations including Momofuku X Marion.
Other highlights include Harlem’s The Rakiem Walker Project at Melbourne Museum; dance workouts by Monica Bill Barnes & Company; and New York film classics at The Astor.
Anchoring the festival, the MoMA at NGV exhibition will take over the entire ground floor of NGV International with over 200 works from art legends including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keefe, Roy Lichtenstein and more.
MEL&NYC will run from June to August 2018.