The Australian Museum is welcoming its adult alumni back with open arms to its new Culture Up Late program.
Culture Up Late is a series of evening events that allow for adults to rediscover the magic of curiosity and learning in their old childhood stomping ground. Program manager of the museum describes Culture Up Late as “a chance for grown-ups to reclaim the space”, with adults able to relive the magic of their youth while “discovering a unique range of thought-provoking and entertaining activities”.
The magnificent transformation of Australia’s oldest museum includes a celebration of First Nations, Mardi Gras, science, art, the environment and love, with a dozen artists, scientists and performers providing Sydney-siders a slightly different night out.
Among the line-up of interactive events is Ngalu Warawi Marri (We Stand Strong), a protest and provocation of what it means to be Aboriginal in modern society. The first event of the program, Ngalu Warawi Marri will be held on the 24th of January, and provides a schedule of insightful and interesting activities to stimulate the mind and rethink what we usually accept. This event is curated by First Nations staff, and involves poetry readings by Aunty Charmain Green & Evelyn Araluen, DJ sets by Koori Radio’s Emily Nicol and jewellery- making stalls by deadly designer Haus of Dizzy.
Later in the schedule is a sceptic’s dream; Anti-Valentine’s day. Held on the 14th of February, this event allows the cynic in all of us to break the mould of Valentine’s Day expectations as it challenges hearts and stomachs. From being able to “speed hate” and bond with others who share the same dislikes, Anti-Valentine’s day cards and crafts, a couple’s game show and the literally pulling of heartstrings during the dissection of a pig’s heart, Anti-Valentine’s Day provides those of all relationship status to enjoy the ominous February 14th.
Towards the end of the schedule is ‘Another View’, a special event presented by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. A vibrant night in which live art and music from queer artist’s echoes around the hallowed museum walls. Take tours of the museum but not as you remember them, with LGBTQI+ reinterpretations and stories told as you roam the Wild Planet exhibition. Held on the 28th of February amid the Sydney Mardi Gras, the Australian Museum provides a new and creative way to celebrate pride and love.
Visitors are also allowed after-hours access to the AM’s exhibitions and extensive collections, including the most complete prehistoric animals on the planet within the current Mammoths – Giants of the Ice Age exhibit.
Culture Up Late is held every Wednesday from the 24th of January to the 14th of March, and tickets are available online. Check out the link below.