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Now Or Never Melbourne 2023 Programme Highlights

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Art trails, sculptural illuminations and projections will transform Melbourne as brand-new festival, Now Or Never, debuts.


It’s a 17-day affair, designed to attract more visitors to Melbourne during a time in the year which is normally quiet. It’s set to invigorate the city and boost the local economy. More than 300 local and internationally-renowned artists, composers, change-makers and innovators will come together in a programme featuring 18 Australian premieres and 20 festival-exclusive commissions.

Events will fill days and nights – more than 70 groundbreaking music, art, and talks experiences exploring possibilities found when art and technology converge.

Highlights include a larger-than-life Art Trail curated by Experimenta, a giant pop-up dome coined the Neversphere immersing audiences in a programme of film, a one-of-a-kind dining experience, a world premiere by Laszlo Bordos bringing the Shrine Of Remembrance into motion, NONSTOP WKND bringing two days of music, audio-visuals and performance, an event a IMAX celebrating National Science Week, the return of large-scale live music to Royal Exhibition Building, and a one-of-a-kind series of talks and panels, Never Permanent, celebrating and exploring the intersection of creativity and technology in the modern world.

Creation of My Metaverse NowORNever
'Creation Of My Metaverse'

“Now Or Never is an unmissable addition to our enviable events calendar this winter – cementing Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s cultural capital while also boosting our local economy through a traditionally quiet time of year,” Lord Mayor Sally Capp says of Now Or Never.

“This inaugural festival will showcase Melbourne as a place to discover, learn and play – with daytime programming seeping into late-night culture, digital musings, adventurous performances, one-of-a-kind culinary experiences and more.”

Now Or Never takes place in Melbourne from 17 August-2 September.

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