Immigration Museum is opening up its heart to lovers, friends, family and internet dates this February for a series of events which celebrate the most universal of all human emotions, love.
As the summer sunshine casts its glorious glow over the Immigration Museum’s courtyard, a small oasis in the heart of the city, it will play host to two vibrant Summer Courtyard events.
Welcoming lovers of all persuasions, I Feel Love (Feb 8) will be a bold and flamboyant celebration of queer culture and love. The line-up includes Bhenji Ra and the House of Slé, Love exhibition contributors The Huxleys and fabulous First Nations drag queen, Zodiac.
Later in the month, the courtyard will again come alive for Gibran’s Garden (Feb 23) as we pay tribute to the life and work of acclaimed poet Kahlil Gibran with food and music from his home country of Lebanon.
Looking for something a bit different to do for Valentine’s Day? Invite your special someone to an intimate Valentine’s After Hours (Feb 14) opening of our swoon-worthy exhibitions LOVE and Kahlil Gibran: The Garden of the Prophet, with the Immigration Museum open until 9pm. Take part in special workshop Love Potions and Aphrodisiacs (Feb 14), with bartender and storyteller Fred Siggins, which explores the history and mythology behind love potions, elixirs and aphrodisiacs from around the world (book ahead as numbers are limited!)
Full programming details below.
Summer Courtyard: I Feel Love
Friday 8 February, 5 – 10pm
Taking inspiration from its specially commissioned LOVE exhibition, I Feel Love will celebrate Australia’s vibrant queer community, artistic expression and love in all its guises.
Co-curated by the fierce Kelly Lovemonster, co-founder of Swagger Like Us, the effervescent event series that features, emerging LGBTQI artists of colour.
Lovemonster will be bringing gender fluid performance and interdisciplinary artist Bhenji Ra and her House of Slé sister’s dancer and performance artist Kilia Tipa and dancer and singer Jamaica Moana.
House of Slé will headline with a performance which brings together contemporary dance, aesthetics and the art of voguing. Stars of Australia’s queer and trans scene, the set will be an energetic exploration of movement, gender and identity, with plenty of audience involvement.
Formidable performance art duo, The Huxley’s will be a glitter-encased spectacle not to be missed. Absurd, provocative and colourful the pair will have guests charmed and hurrying upstairs to LOVE to learn more about them and their incredible love story.
Our funny and fabulous host Zodiac, the First Nation’s Queen who took the title of Miss Deadly in the Miss First Nation 2018 pageant will also take to the stage. Proud descendant of the Anaiwan people of the Northern Tablelands of NSW now based in Naarm, Zodiac will marvel us with her wit, glamour and charm.
Between sets enjoy hot tunes from DJ HipHopHoe a fave in the queer scene who spans several genres, decades and moods.
Come share, celebrate and feel the love!
Valentine’s Day Workshop: Love Potions and Aphrodisiacs
Thursday 14 February, 5:30pm
A special treat during our Summer of Love, Immigration Museum will be open late to celebrate Valentine’s Day, inviting lovers to participate in a workshop which delves into love potions, elixirs and aphrodisiacs from around the world.
Join bartender and storyteller Fred Siggins and explore the history and mythology behind iconic foods and ingredients thought to attract love and raise our libidos. Learn the secrets to creating perfectly balancing love potions with step-by-step cocktail demonstrations paired with tasty samples and romantic morsels to try.
Includes the opportunity to enjoy an imtimate late-night viewing of our LOVE and Kahlil Gibran: The Garden of the Prophet exhibitions.
Adults 18 + event only – friends, family, singles, couples and groups welcome!
Valentine’s After Hours
Thursday 14 February, 5pm- 9pm
A special treat during our Summer of Love, Immigration Museum will be open late to celebrate Valentine’s Day, inviting lovers to enjoy the entire museum including our LOVE and Kahlil Gibran: The Garden of the Prophet exhibitions until 9pm.
Summer Courtyard: Gibran’s Garden
Saturday 23 February, 3 – 8pm
The last event of the Summer of Love courtyard series will pay tribute to the life and work of acclaimed poet Kahlil Gibran with food and music from his home country of Lebanon.
Spoken word artist Nour Abouzeid and DJ and radio host MzRizk are curating a stage of poets and performers, who will conduct readings of Gibran’s poetry and perform music inspired by it.
While listening enjoy culinary delights from Gibran’s hometown of Bsharri and further afield within Lebanon. And if making it yourself is more your style, take part in a special markouk and manakish (flatbread) making workshop.
LOVE. We share it with our lovers, our friends, our family, our pets and the odd internet crush. Come and share it with the Immigration Museum!