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Botanic Gardens will be lit up with incredible sculptures
This event is presented by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. It is a huge event which will feature circus, dance, music, theatre, visual arts and more! The festival will run from 3rd to 21st October, 2018 and there will be ten FREE events.

These are:

Melbourne Art Trams
There will be 7 new tram "transformations" done by Victorian artists and these will be running in October.

For a list of the artists participating in this tram painting, check out this link.

This will be performed by the Eastern Kulin Nation and facilitated by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company. Tanderrum is a ceremony bringing together the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung language groups of the Eastern Kulin Nation. It is a sacred ceremony brought back to central Melbourne to open the festival.

You can read more about it here.

Our Place, Our Home
This event is about the extraordinary range of people making music in Victoria today. There will be performers from Congolese, Oromo and Cuban cultures. More information: here.

John Stezaker
British artist John Stezaker is renowned as one of the world's leading authorities of the form. This is his exhibition curated by City Gallery Wellington's Robert Leonard. There will be many collages as well as object sculptures. More information: here.

This pavilion is a unique experiment in public space. The Naomi Milgrom Foundation commissions a world-leading architect to design a temporary garden pavilion in Melbourne, each year. This year, it was Barcelona-based architect, Carme Pinos of Estudio Carme Pinos and this is the first public commission by a female Spanish architect in Australia. More information: here.

Eva Rothschild
The Irish born, London based lady has an international reputation for work that is most striking. She uses geometric forms to make these abstract arrangements. More information: here.

Sleep, Somnambulism, Madness - Every animal sleeps in some form, yet the workings of our sleeping mind remain partly a mystery. This is an international exhibition that explores how artists have tried to understand sleep. More information: here.

Lili Reynaud-Dewar
Teeth, gums, machines, future, society - Lili Reynaud-Dewar's film is complemented by a new live performance at MUMA during the exhibition opening. There will also be a separate lecture performance. More information: here.

Steven Rhall
Defunctionalised Autonomous Objects - this is thought-provoking work and is Rhall's first major solo exhibition. More information: here.

There are many more ticketed events apart from the free ones above, and some of these include:

Fire Garden
Fire Gardens will light Melbourne up in the Botanic Gardens like never before. French art collective, Compagnie Carabosse have lit up iconic public spaces around the world for years. They are now bringing this light show to the cold dark night, by creating these flaming urns and fiery sculptures!

This will take over Melbourne's Botanic Gardens for 4 nights and there will be more than 6500 fire pots, along with a 120-metre-long burning river. There will be huge spheres of leaping flames, along with flickering sculptures and the fiery urns will make incredible shadows!

There will also be music which will be just as fantastic as the lit up garden itself. You can wander through this dense and fascinating garden, where you will be both surprised, warmed and amazed!

Tickets are $25 for entry at either 7.30 pm, 8.30 pm or 9.30 pm each night. Fire Gardens will be on show at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens from Wednesday 10th to Saturday 13th October, 2018.

There will be a total of about 45 fabulous events during this festival, and you can check out each one at this link.

For ticketing information, and bookings, click on this link. Make sure you book now as some events are already almost sold out.
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