If you’ve recently been to the CBD you might have wondered about that giant bumblebee hiding between the honeycombed-facade of the Melbourne Recital and the large tentacles protruding out of Hamer Hall’s walls.
Let me assure you it’s not an alien creatures invasion. It’s something far more fun:
Summersalt Outdoor Arts Festival
Over five extraordinary summer weekends, from 23.01.2015 to 21.02.2015, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is turned on its head. Music, dance, circus, theatre and art burst into life and spill out onto the streets of Southbank at the Summersalt festival.
During the day, families can explore fun, free and low cost events such as interactive theatre, puppetry, storytelling, giant art installations and hands-on workshops.
In the evenings, Southbank will come alive with exciting outdoor concerts, street-art, theatre and cinema until late!
There are four inflatable sculptures as part of the Summersalt festival. There’s the bumblebee at Melbourne Recital Puck the Baby Dino at MTC’s Southbank Theatre, Lady Leviathan at Hamer Hall, and Shine at a secret location (shhh, it’s actually at an outdoor bar!)
Inspired by world-renowned artist Takashi Murakami and Japanese toy design, the soaring inflatable sculptures festooned across the SummerSalt footprint combine the work of “airgineer”, artist and designer Felipe Reynolds, theatre-maker and director Ed Boyle with the scenic art talents of Joe Blanck.
— Melb Recital Centre (@MelbRecital) 22. Januar 2015
One of our personal favourites though is Exxopolis, a 1,000 square metre inflatable installation that invites you to explore tunnels and domes of coloured light. There is so much more to discover, check out the program so you don’t miss out on the fun.