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NGV Friday Nights Summer 2021

The gallery's weekly serve of after-hours fun features DJ tunes, pop-up bars and access to the latest exhibitions.
By Libby Curran
December 13, 2021
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December 13, 2021
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As the nights heat up each summer, the NGV proves it knows how to party like the best of them, serving up its signature after-hours summertime sessions filled with tunes, food, pop-up bars and more. And this year, the much-loved NGV Friday Nights have made their sweet return, running every Friday night — except Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve — from December 10 until April 22.

Happening from 6–10pm each week, the sessions have something for gallery-lovers and general night owls alike. Guests will gain exclusive after-hours access to explore the new Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto exhibition, browsing its impressive collection of over 100 vintage garments and peering into the career of one of fashion's most influential designers.

After it launches on December 17, guests will also be able to take a spin around major ground floor exhibition Bark Ladies: Eleven Artists from Yirrkala. You can book gallery entry here.

Meanwhile, across the ground level and the NGV Garden, top Melbourne DJs are delivering a sparkling soundtrack to these summertime soirees. Gracing the decks, expect local favourites including Andras, MzRizk, DJ Jnett, Hot Wax Sound System, Banoffee, Edd Fisher and more.

To wash it all down, you'll find three different bars serving a hefty array of refreshments. Hit the Four Pillars Gin Bar in the Grollo Equiset Garden for G&Ts and signature cocktails, or swing past the Pommery Champagne Bar for fine bubbles and oysters.

There's also a Yering Station pop-up pouring a selection of acclaimed Yarra Valley wines along with tasting flights. And in the garden, there'll be giveaways on offer from the David Jones Vault, which will open for a fleeting time each Friday.

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