Come to MAMA!

04 September 2015

A feast of art, music, theatre and food will spill onto the streets and light up the city centre on Friday 2 October in celebration of the opening of regional Australia's major new cultural landmark - MAMA – Murray Art Museum Albury.

Officially opening to the public at 12 noon, the celebrations begin at 5pm when the city's main street closes to traffic and central Albury transforms into a large-scale family-friendly performance space featuring roving entertainers, food trucks, a live music stage and stunning light projections. The fun continues during Saturday and Sunday with some installations running until Saturday 10 October.

Highlights of Friday's opening night program, curated by Elizabeth Walsh, an Albury girl and former Artistic Director of Tasmania's Ten Days on the Island, include the spectacular Strange Fruit (pictured – photographer Tim Page) whose hypnotic, large-scale performances that fuse theatre, dance and circus on top of their trademark swaying poles have thrilled more than five million people worldwide.

There will be giant snails and an enormous bumble bee, acrobats, breathtaking choreography captured on video in 24 Frames per Second and live music including three local emerging artists, singer-songwriter-musicians, Jessica Drummond, Adam Dwyer and Matt Ortiz who will each perform the songs they have produced and recorded with the support of MAMA's Sonic Splendour project, one of three exhibitions being showcased as part of the official opening of the museum. Friday evening will also see the lighting of 2014 McClelland Prize winner, Matt Harding's exquisite large-scale sculpture wrapping exterior walls of the new museum building. The sculpture is one of a number of newly commissioned works by local and interstate artists being unveiled for MAMA's official opening.

Friday evening's celebrations will also see the unveiling of a spectacular projection by Australian artist Craig Walsh who will use the façade of the Albury Entertainment Centre as a giant canvas. His mesmerising, dreamlike installation will see the Centre's foyer fill to the brim with water to create a giant fish tank populated by large, strange fish swimming inside the building. Walsh's installation will be seen each night until 10 October as part of MAMA's opening celebrations.

For more information, great hi-res images, interviews with MAMA Director, Jacqui Hemsley or any other of the participating artists, contact Sue Couttie, phone 0419 522 064 or scouttie@suecouttiemedia.com.au.