Summer just got a whole lot better with the lineup announcement for the Heide Museum of Modern Art Summer Festival. Over nine weeks, the Heide sculpture park will be transformed into an outdoor event space packed with live music, dance performances and storytelling events. With both free and ticketed shows lined up, there’s plenty to keep you coming back all summer long.
In an attempt to make up for lost time, the festival will be featuring performers from some of Melbourne’s best annual festivals which were cancelled due to 2020 and you know what. These include the International Jazz Festival, Songlines Music Aboriginal Corporation, and Australia’s queer arts and cultural organisation Midsumma. This combo of events is going to be a smorgasbord of summer entertainment.
Some festival highlights to look out for include the world-renowned Ethiopian saxophonist Soloman Sisay who will be performing Ethio-jazz fusion music. Indigenous singer-songwriter Emma Donavan and the soul group The Putbacks will be bringing their favourite American soul classics to the stage, as well as the music of Indigenous Australia. And in the final weeks, you can’t miss the Midsumma favourite, Forest Collective. Their contemporary spin on classical music will be combined with the sonic soundscape talents of Diimpa, a proud, queer, autistic Gubbi Gubbi performer who’ll be joining Forest Collective exclusively for the festival.
The festival will be running from Sunday 17 January to Sunday 7 March. For tickets and the full lineup, check out the website here.
Get more culture into your summer with the Summer Sessions at Melbourne Museum.
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