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Friday Night Socials

Science Gallery Melbourne has your Friday night sorted.
By David Allegretti
August 23, 2023
By David Allegretti
August 23, 2023

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Gather 'round science nerds and art freaks, for we bring you good news — your Friday nights just got a whole lot cooler thanks to Science Gallery Melbourne and its latest exhibition, Dark Matters. Beginning Friday, September 1, the gallery will host a monthly after-dark science party complete with DJs, musicians, drag stars, dancers, and more.

The parties, aptly named Friday Night Socials, will be held on the first Friday of every month, and run until November. So mark your calendars and tag your mates because here's the best part — it's all free. Science, art, live music, and free stuff — what could be better?

Friday Night Socials at Science Gallery Melbourne

The first of the bunch will be an interstellar odyssey that invites guests to explore the universe through performance art and live music. Headlining the evening will be a special collaboration between Now or Never festival and Liquid Architecture to present a special performance by Indonesian vocal performer Rully Shabara and collaborators.

The evening will also feature live performances from DJ Kalyani, Abby Sundborn, and Bendy Ben. But that's not all, as guests can look forward to additional spectacles including installations from Melbourne Uni students and a special appearance from Dark Matters artists Lawrence Leung, Dom Chambers and Vyom Sharma, who will be showcasing their "Mystery Box" illusionist act.

Friday, October 6 will see students from the Victorian College of the Arts take over the gallery with a magical array of sonic and performance interventions. While Friday, November 3 will see Melbourne Science Gallery play host to a special night of music and performance art that invites guests to "traverse through the human soul and outer space to contemplate the sheer scale of the universe and how much of our own lives (floating alone in space on this tiny blue planet) remains a mystery to us".

Friday Night Socials at Science Gallery Melbourne

Expect "soaring vocal performances, intergalactic records, abject horror and ethereal sounds" as Science Gallery Melbourne mixes "fear and wonder" to create an existential experience not to be missed. Beats small talk at the pub if you ask us.

Each Friday Night Social event will run from 6pm to 9pm.

Images: Supplied.

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