RRR Presents

Now or Never

RRR Presents


Starts22 August 2024Ends31 August 2024

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Now or Never

The City of Melbourne’s newest major festival, Now or Never, will return this August following a

phenomenal debut last year.

From Thursday 22 to Sunday 31 August, the adventurous festival is set to make a stunning comeback

with a vibrant program of over 100 free and ticketed events and sessions exploring art, ideas, sound and


More than 250 local and international creatives, musicians, artists and thought leaders will take over iconic

venues across Melbourne – presenting immersive digital art experiences, cutting-edge performances,

groundbreaking music and captivating talks.

This year’s festival theme, ‘Look through the image’ invites audiences to interrogate what’s in front of them

to explore deeper meanings and contemplate the layers of symbolism and hidden messages within.

Now or Never 2024 program highlights include:

● A return to the Royal Exhibition Building (REB) – featuring large-scale live music and audio-visual

projection works across four nights. The stellar lineup includes multi-instrumentalist, composer and

vocalist, Eartheater, techno pioneers Sandwell District, Portuguese-born Danish singer, songwriter

and record producer Erika De Casier, an Australian debut from COUCOU CHLOE, renowned

Australian-born musician Ben Frost, electronic artist and First Nations Wiradjuri woman Naretha

Williams and prominent British electronic musician Clark. Globally celebrated Italian techno DJ

Donato Dozzy will also headline a night co-hosted by Untitled Group.

● French artist Joanie Lemercier from Studio Lemercier will present Constellations – a large-scale

celestial formation which will hover above its own shimmering reflection on the Yarra River’s surface

along Southbank after dark.

● Making its Australian debut after premiering at the Venice Biennale 2022, artist Marco Fusinato will

present DESASTRES – a radical live noise-guitar performance project that synchronises sound with

image in the form of a durational solo performance installation. Fusinato will perform this momentous

work at NantStudios in Docklands cinema studios, home to the largest LED volume screen for virtual

production in the world.

● London based art practice United Visual Artists (UVA) will present two large scale works, Silent

Symphony and Present Shock II, plus an audio-visual piece as part of the REB music program.

Silent Symphony features a sonic interpretation of celestial patterns with composition and sound

design by composer Ben Frost, while the installation Present Shock II collapses real-time

information about the world into ‘post-truths’ and ‘alternative facts’.

● Commissioned by Now or Never in a world-exclusive, iconic Melbourne act HTRK and British

electronic musician Actress will come together to perform at the Melbourne Recital Centre for an

incredible one-night-only collaboration.

● Bestselling author, professor and renowned opinion writer for The New York Times Roxane Gay will

return to Melbourne for one night only to discuss her latest celebrated book Opinions: A Decade of

Arguments, Criticism, and Minding Other People’s Business.

● In a Victorian premiere, Wuigada – Gagada (To Sing - Loud) celebrates the work of prolific First

Nations songman and proud Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta and Nari Nari man Kutcha Edwards. Fronted

by Kutcha’s soulful vocals and gregarious nature, the collaborative reimagination of this work with

the Australian Art Orchestra creates space for experimentation by some of Australia’s most

creative jazz and improvisation artists.

● The Australian premiere of Peder Bjurman’s Slow Walker, a fascinating Augmented Reality

experience which allows users to see an ordinarily microscopic Tardigrade – an enduring organism

also known as a ‘water bear’ – transformed into a colossal being hovering and interacting with its

surrounds above the Melbourne Museum Plaza.

● In a Victorian premiere, UK electronic musician Clark and award-winning choreographer Melanie

Lane will present MOUNTAIN, an evocative contemporary dance performance with breathtaking

costumes by designer Akira Isogawa.

● World premiere dance performance Plagiary created by multi-award-winning dance technologist

and choreographer Alisdair Macindoe, with AI video by acclaimed media artist Sam Mcgilp.

Plagiary is an entirely new show created every night before audiences' eyes – featuring ten

exceptional contemporary dancers improvising each performance live, as it’s dictated to them by a

computer presence.

● World-renowned mycologist and author of Entangled Life, Merlin Sheldrake, joins Now or Never

audiences live on screen at Melbourne Museum for Fungi Futures – A Web of Wonder, an in-depth

discussion hosted by multi-award-winning ABC journalist and presenter Natasha Mitchell.

● World premiere of kajoo yannaga (come on let’s walk together) – an interactive virtual gamified

walk on Country guided by First Nations knowledges by Wiradjuri-Scottish artist, April Phillips.

● Cutting-edge arts collective SOFT CENTRE makes its long-awaited Narrm debut with

SUPERMODEL – an expansive three-day program of ecstatic performances, deep-dive keynotes,

screenings and workshops unfolding in the State Library of Victoria with Mckenzie Wark, Pseudo,

Alexander Powers, Marcus Whale, Tomomi Adachi, Lolina, DeForrest Brown, Jr. and many


● Creators Xanthe Dobbie and Harriet Gillies will present Queer Powerpoint, an experimental

performance series bringing together queer artists to explore and share an idea, current obsession,

or ongoing fascination using the most ubiquitous of programming tools – PowerPoint.

Tickets are on sale now.

To purchase and to explore the full program, visit Now or Never.

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