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Immersive Indigenous art experience set for THE LUME at MCEC

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Immersive Indigenous art experience set for THE LUME at MCEC
Digital art gallery THE LUME at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) will debut a major exhibition of First Nations art and music next month as its third major show since opening in 2021.

According to the announcement of the exhibition released by the convention centre, the immersive experience, called Connection, will be the largest representation of First Peoples art and culture ever assembled. The exhibition will feature 110 First Nations visual artists and musicians.

The physical surface area onto which artwork will be projected remains significant, with the exhibition to be staged over 3,000m2 and running to four storeys high.

MCEC’s kitchen has developed tailored corporate event menus for the space, with dishes to feature Australian native ingredients and carry a cultural legacy, accompanied by Indigenous-focussed cocktails.

THE LUME can be hired exclusively for events of up to 1,200 people cocktail-style and banquets of up to 860 attendees. Cocktail events on the mezzanine level for up to 150 people are also possible.

Our catering and events partnership with MCEC means that we can merge world-class culinary delivery with our limitless creative content to deliver unforgettable brand experiences in a truly transformative environment,” said Bruce Peterson, founder of Melbourne-founded business Grande Experiences, which owns, creates and delivers THE LUME and its experiences.

The gallery is permanently based at the convention centre in partnership with the venue and its team.

“This partnership is such an exciting opportunity and we have already seen so many visitors enjoying THE LUME Melbourne since its opening in 2021,” said MCEC’s chief executive Natalie O’Brien AM.

“Connection engages visitors with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, culture, music and food on a whole new level and will offer a totally different experience from what visitors have previously seen at Monet & Friends and Van Gogh. The new experience promotes inclusiveness, reconciliation and respect, it’s something that all Australians can be proud to participate in.”

MCEC has also begun working on its first Reconciliation Action Plan, to be formalised with Reconciliation Australia.

Connection at THE LUME will debut on June 23, 2023.

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