Officially opening to the public at 12.00pm with the full celebrations begin at 5.00pm when the city's main street closes to traffic and central Albury transforms into a large-scale family-friendly performance space featuring roving entertainers, food trucks, a livemusic stage and stunning light projections.
The fun continues during Saturday and Sunday with some installations running until Saturday 10 October.
Highlights of Fridays opening night program, curated by Elizabeth Walsh, an Albury girl and former Artistic Director of Tasmania's Ten Days on the Island, include the spectacular Strange Fruit whose hypnotic, large-scale performances that fuse theatre, dance and circus on top of their trademark swaying poles have thrilled more than five million people worldwide.
There will be giant snails and an enormous bumble bee, acrobats, breathtaking
choreography captured on video and live music including three local emerging artists. Singer-songwriter-musicians, Jessica Drummond, Adam Dwyer and Matt Ortiz will each perform the songs they have produced and recorded with the support of MAMA's Sonic Splendour project, one of three exhibitions being showcased as part of the official opening of the museum.
Friday evening will also see the lighting of 2014 McClelland Prize winner, Matt Harding's exquisite large-scale sculpture wrapping exterior walls of the new museum building. The sculpture is one of a number of newly commissioned works by local and interstate artists being unveiled for MAMA's official opening.
Friday evening's celebrations will also see the unveiling of a spectacular projection by Australian artist Craig Walsh who will use the façade of the Albury Entertainment Centre as a giant canvas. His mesmerising, dreamlike installation will see the Centre's foyer fill to the brim with water to create a giant fish tank populated by large, strange fish swimming inside the building.
Walsh's installation will be seen each night until 10 October 2015 as part of MAMA's opening celebrations.
We hope you can enjoy us for MAMA's Opening Night!