melbourne festival

A friend just gave me Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu’s cd, Gurrumul, which I’m really enjoying. He’s part of the lineup for the Melbourne Arts Festival which begins this week. I won’t get to hear him but I am going to see Batsheva perform Three on Saturday night – I saw them a few years ago at the festival, and still it rates as the best live performance i’ve seen, of any genre. I’m trying not to have unrealistic expectations about Saturday night.

We’re also going to poke around Ecstatic City for a while on Saturday, and the 21:100:100 sound exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary Art Space sounds fantastic [go read the description!], and if the stars align right i’ll get to the concert performance. Melbourne’s great during the festival – lots of street art and performances. If your budget’s tight, there’s a page full of free stuff here.

This isn’t connected to the festival, but I’ve put it into my diary for next week. From the Irfan website:

irfanspace: an exploration of the pathways and spaces between people, cultures, past, present and eternity. sound, images and poetry from islamic cultures and traditions around the world invite reflection and engagement locally, globally, internally.

irfanspace is a mixed-media exhibition featuring photography, sound and video installation, poetry, and interactive online media presented by Mark Pedersen, Natalia Gould and Nazid Kimmie at Kinross House, 603 Toorak Rd. throughout October 2008.

The opening was last night, but i unfortunately couldn’t get there. Nazid Kimmie, whose poetry is part of the exhibition, wrote about it on his blog. I’m looking forward to seeing it.