A Night at the Museum

Melbourne Museum

Explore a Melbourne icon in a totally new way.

Melbourne Museum and MIJF invite you on an exploration of the museum’s most iconic settings where you’ll encounter musicians responding in real-time to their surroundings in a series of three unique micro-concerts, followed by a full-length performance of Australian Art Orchestra’s cross-cultural masterpiece Hand to Earth.

To begin your journey, you’ll visit James Sherlock & Ben Hanlon in the living heart of the Museum, the verdant, misty Forest Gallery. Then, delight your inner child with MEATSHELL in the colourful Children’s Gallery, and marvel at the perfect acoustics of the spiralling, wood-panelled Kalaya room with Mina Yu Trio.

As a finale, be seated in the stunning opening foyer and experience the boundary pushing brilliance of Hand to Earth (see below).



In a collaboration that spans continents and cultures, the Australian Art Orchestra’s Hand to Earth brings together Yolngu songman Daniel Wilfred and Korean vocalist Sunny Kim for an exquisite performance expressing something of the here and now in music.

Daniel sings in language and is the keeper of Yolŋu manikay (songs) from North East Arnhem Land that can be traced back for over 40,000 years. Sunny sings in English and Korean and intones wordless gestures that invoke raw elemental forces. Together they sing of the stars, of fire and of the cooling rain.

Against a backdrop created by trumpeter/composer Peter Knight, David Yipininy Wilfred on yidaki and Aviva Endean on clarinets, their voices weave into minimalist soundscapes reminiscent of Brain Eno and Jon Hassell, their interplay and improvisation creating an immediate expression of contemporary Australia – a powerful reflection of the past caught vividly in the present.


Tickets are available for either:

  • the Full Experience (3 short performances + Hand to Earth) – book below
  • Hand to Earth only – click here


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