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NGV Friday Nights

Fri 3 Aug, 6pm–10pm
NGV International
Ground Level


NGV Friday Nights returns this winter with exclusive late night access to MoMA at NGV. Featuring a line-up of international and home-grown acts presented by the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, experience art, music and dining inspired by the city that never sleeps.

7–7.45pm & 8.45–9.30pm

R&B songstress thando brings her genre-bending sound to a special performance featuring Melbourne producers Henry James and Mikki from Preston. thando has graced stages around Australia with her electric presence and powerhouse vocals and her ability to tell a story takes audiences on a journey of loving oneself and reflection. thando grew up feasting on the musical offerings of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, QUEEN and TLC. Along the way, she found Jill Scott and crafted her unique sound with an electric live set. Her 2016 debut EP Digital Love Letters paved the road to a slew of festival appearances. She has since gone onto support Maxwell at the Palais for his blackSUMMERS’night tour as well as Sampa the Great and Remi’s Fire Sign Tour alongside DJ MzRizk.

6–7pm and 7.45–8.45pm

Esther Li plays piano with the heart and soul of a seasoned and mature performer, deceptive of her years. Sophia Ng Min is a vocalist who embraces musical genres as diverse as jazz, R&B, pop, and classical fusion. Better known as part of the jazz quartet Torch, Aurore Duet bring their musical flair to NGV Friday Nights.


Simone Forti’s seminal performance piece Huddle, 1961, will be performed three times between 7.30–8.30pm as part of NGV Friday Nights. Forti was a key figure of New York’s 1960s Judson Dance Theater, and helped pioneer a new movement language that favoured the commonplace over the virtuosic. First performed in 1961 as part of a larger series of Dance Constructions in Yoko Ono’s downtown loft, Forti’s Huddle foreshadows the sense of presence and the relationship between viewer and artwork that would characterise Minimalist sculpture.

Huddle will be performed by Dance and Theatre students from the Victorian College of the Arts at The University of Melbourne.

Booking required
Online $25 M / $32 A / $13 Ch
Door (limited) $30 M / $37 A / $18 Ch

NGV Friday Nights tickets include exhibition entry to MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art.

General admission exhibition tickets do not permit entry into NGV Friday Nights or any other program or event. These events are sold separately.

Show your American Express card upon entering NGV Friday Nights to redeem your complimentary drink.