NGV Friday Nights

NGV Friday Nights: Pharaoh

6–10PM, 14 JUN – 4 OCT

Experience ancient Egypt after dark when Pharaoh opens late every Friday night this winter.

With a weekly-changing line-up of live music, enjoy sounds from Africa, the Middle East and beyond, spanning classical, jazz, blues, funk and more.


Your ticket gives you late-night entry to Melbourne Winter Masterpieces®: Pharaoh and access to all performances. From here into the afterlife, this season of NGV Friday Nights has something for everyone.

Cost Online: $45 A / $40 C / $37 M / $23 Ch
Door (Limited): $50 A / $45 C / $42 M / $29 Ch

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EXHIBITION

MUSIC RESIDENCIES

NGV Friday Nights will be home to five music residencies this winter, each taking turns to curate performances across three slots every Friday night. Residents and their hand-picked musical guests invite you on a unique music journey.

Joseph Tawadros

Fri 14 – 28 Jun

Taking residence the first three weeks of Friday Nights is acclaimed composer, oud virtuoso and eight-time ARIA Award winner Joseph Tawadros. Joseph performs original, semi-improvised compositions that seamlessly blend Arabic modes with Western classical, jazz, world, folk, metal and bluegrass across three weeks and nine unique sets.

Australian Art Orchestra

Fri 5 – 26 Jul

New musical provocateurs, Australian Art Orchestra bring together a visionary set of ensembles, assembled from a variety of its core members, collaborators, and artists in the broader community. Expect jazz, rap, folk music and beyond.

Stani Goma

Fri 2 – 16 Aug

A champion of the rich and diverse sounds of the African continent, Stani Goma draws upon his wealth of knowledge and passion to present Flight 1067 to Africa – PBS’s iconic and long-running show dedicated to African music.

Tempo Rubato

Fri 23 Aug – 13 Sep

From a warehouse in Brunswick to the NGV, Tempo Rubato are bringing their ambient, electronic take on classical music to Friday Nights, presenting a diverse and eclectic line-up.

Music in Exile

Fri 20 Sep – 4 Oct

Beloved not-for-profit record label and artist community, Music in Exile bring their artist-first approach to NGV, offering a hand-picked series of performances that brilliantly reflect the myriad viewpoints and experiences to be found in Australian society.

FRIDAY NIGHTS MIXES

Throughout the evening, enjoy a music playlist curated and mixed by Music in Exile guest DJs, including Shah Sharafi, Aysu and Kgomotso Sekhu.

Aysu Kurucan

Kgomotso Sekhu

Shah Sharafi

UP NEXT: Fri 19 Jul, 6–10pm

Koi Kingdom

7pm, 8pm & 9pm
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Cost Online: $45 A / $40 C / $37 M / $23 Ch
Door (Limited): $50 A / $45 C / $42 M / $29 Ch

Koi Kingdom approaches the sounds of jazz with a refreshing sense of freedom and irreverence. Playing with forms, melodic structures, and genres, their distinctive sound is characterised by detailed compositions, instrumental virtuosity and fearless exploration.

UPCOMING

Australian Art Orchestra curates: Ball/Hanlon/Schulz featuring Vahideh Eisaei
Fri 26 Jul, 6pm

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Cost Online: $45 A / $40 C / $37 M / $23 Ch
Door (Limited): $50 A / $45 C / $42 M / $29 Ch

Ball/Hanlon/Schulz featuring Vahideh Eisaei

7pm, 8pm & 9pm

This unconventional trio draw from their collective experience in classical, jazz and folk traditions to reveal something uncategorisable and entirely their own.

Stani Goma curates: Melbourne African Traditional Ensemble
Fri 2 Aug, 6pm

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Cost Online: $45 A / $40 C / $37 M / $23 Ch
Door (Limited): $50 A / $45 C / $42 M / $29 Ch

Melbourne African Traditional Ensemble (MATE)

7pm, 8pm & 9pm

The Melbourne African Traditional Ensemble (MATE) is more than just a musical project; it's a vibrant tapestry woven from the rich traditions of Africa. Founded by the visionary radio presenter and producer, Stani Goma, MATE is a celebration of Pan-African unity through the universal language of music.

Stani Goma curates Fem Belling: Project Mzansi
Fri 9 Aug, 6pm

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Cost Online: $45 A / $40 C / $37 M / $23 Ch
Door (Limited): $50 A / $45 C / $42 M / $29 Ch

Fem Belling: Project Mzansi

7pm, 8pm & 9pm

The sounds of South Africa! Fem and her band present South African jazz and township music past and present. Soul-stirring melodies and rhythms overflowing with the spirit of resistance and resilience of the Apartheid era. Celebrate the rich history of urban African music and its role as a voice against oppression.

Stani Goma curates: Kunjani Heita Afrika
Fri 16 Aug, 6pm

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Cost Online: $45 A / $40 C / $37 M / $23 Ch
Door (Limited): $50 A / $45 C / $42 M / $29 Ch

Kunjani Heita Afrika

7pm, 8pm & 9pm

Led By Patrick Daniels, Kunjani Heita Afrika’s music is inspired by the the Ghoema Carnival Sounds and other musical styles from Cape Town and influenced by the soulful infectious rhythms of South Africa. Their original tunes form a dynamic blend of Afro Jazz with funk, latin, soul & gospel.

Tempo Rubato curates: Katie Yap & Donald Nicolson
Fri 23 Aug, 6pm

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Cost Online: $45 A / $40 C / $37 M / $23 Ch
Door (Limited): $50 A / $45 C / $42 M / $29 Ch

Katie Yap & Donald Nicolson

7pm, 8pm & 9pm

Katie Yap and Donald Nicolson are two of Australia's foremost period musicians and they catapult their ancient instruments into modern sound worlds.

Tempo Rubato curates: David Griffiths & Svetlana Bogosavljevic
Fri 30 Aug, 6pm

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Cost Online: $45 A / $40 C / $37 M / $23 Ch
Door (Limited): $50 A / $45 C / $42 M / $29 Ch

David Griffiths & Svetlana Bogosavljevic

7pm, 8pm & 9pm

It’s rare and wonderful when clarinetist David Griffiths and Belgrade-born cellist Svetlana Bogosavljevic pair up to play music as a duo, and show off the world of textures and sounds available at their fingertips.

Tempo Rubato curates: Sophia Kirsanova & Melbourne Strings
Fri 6 Sep, 6pm

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Cost Online: $45 A / $40 C / $37 M / $23 Ch
Door (Limited): $50 A / $45 C / $42 M / $29 Ch

Sophia Kirsanova & Melbourne Strings

7pm, 8pm & 9pm

Melbourne-based Latvian violinist Sophia Kirsanova and Melbourne Strings performances are always a breath of fresh air; a wild ride from ethereal heights to crunchy grittiness; punctuated by precision, rigour and expressiveness.

Tempo Rubato curates: Affinity Quartet
Fri 13 Sep, 6pm

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Cost Online: $45 A / $40 C / $37 M / $23 Ch
Door (Limited): $50 A / $45 C / $42 M / $29 Ch

Affinity Quartet

7pm, 8pm & 9pm

Featuring violinists Josephine Chung and Nicholas Waters, violist Ruby Shirres and cellist Mee Na Lojewski, the group has won major prizes in four international string quartet competitions.

Music in Exile curates: Ajak Kwai
Fri 20 Sep, 6pm

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Cost Online: $45 A / $40 C / $37 M / $23 Ch
Door (Limited): $50 A / $45 C / $42 M / $29 Ch

Ajak Kwai

7pm, 8pm & 9pm

Ajak Kwai's powerful music draws upon traditional elements of South Sudanese funk and blues, and combines them with contemporary gestures that give a voice to the local African community.

Music in Exile curates: Ausecuma Beats
Fri 27 Sep, 6pm

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Cost Online: $45 A / $40 C / $37 M / $23 Ch
Door (Limited): $50 A / $45 C / $42 M / $29 Ch

Ausecuma Beats

7pm, 8pm & 9pm

Ausecuma Beats are more than just a band, they are a philosophy. Led by master djembe player, Boubacar Gaye, this ensemble demonstrate what can happen when a group of artists come together based the idea of place, transplanting cultural heritage into a contemporary city.

Music in Exile curates: Kang JJ
Fri 4 Oct, 6pm

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Cost Online: $45 A / $40 C / $37 M / $23 Ch
Door (Limited): $50 A / $45 C / $42 M / $29 Ch

Kang JJ

7pm, 8pm & 9pm

Kang John Jock, professionally known by his stage name as Kang JJ, is a sensational South Sudanese singer, songwriter, poet and activist.

BARS & DINING

Moët & Chandon Champagne Bar

Elevate your Friday night experience with Moët & Chandon, serving the distinguished Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut and Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial until late in the Great Hall.

Yering Station Wine Bar

Make your Friday Nights experience extraordinary by visiting the Yering Station Wine Bar in the Great Hall. Choose from a menu of fine wines from the Yarra Valley, including signature wine flights featuring a selection of three, for a memorable wine-tasting experience.

Gallery Kitchen

Experience modern mezze plates featuring unique flavour combinations and fresh, high-quality ingredients that are perfect for sharing. Choose from a range of breads, dips and mouthwatering salads, accompanied with a range of small bites.

Great Hall

Satisfy your cravings with our selection of substantial dishes alongside various salads, hot dishes and delicacies.

Dessert

Choose from a variety of irresistible desserts, perfect for a late-night treat or a quick bite in the middle of the evening.

EVENT INFO

Getting here

NGV Friday Nights is located at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne between 6–10pm.

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Public Transport
There are a variety of public transport options available with accessible tram stops located directly outside NGV International on St Kilda Road. Visit the Public Transport Victoria website to search transport options for your journey.

By Car
Paid parking is available at the Arts Centre Melbourne and Australian Ballet Centre. Taxi and ride share drop off points are located outside the Arts Centre Melbourne. Open in maps to search the best route for your journey.

Access
The NGV welcomes everyone to Friday Nights and Melbourne Winter Masterpieces®: Pharaoh.
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