Moon Lantern Festival, The Village Festival & Belgium Avenue Neighbourhood House acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people as the Traditional custodians of the lands and waterways in the area now known as Richmond. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and to all First Nations people and communities.

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Festival Program

AFROVIVAL

Music

Between untold stories of the Kalahari desert and hypnotic melodies of the kalimba, Afrovival submerges us into melodic tunes that echo far reaching villages and streets in Africa. Combined with an original and contemporary play on voice, story, dance and score, the Afrovival experience entices audiences feet to move to an infectious beat that uplifts and connects.

Experience the heart and soul of Bostwana with the 4 string oil can guitar, Highlife music from Ghana with kora, ethereal Kalimba from Tanzania, Mutwash inspired Congolese guitar for rotating your waist & cruisey dance moves for all to join in.

Where?
Main Stage
When?

Sunday 10th

6:10 - 6:50pm

ALL ABILITIES CHOIR

Community Arts

All Abilities Choir has been meeting weekly for over 15 years as part of a wonderful program at the Belgium Avenue Neighbourhood House.

"We meet, we sing with passion, we share a meal and sometimes we perform at community celebrations. The support and love that is shared in that short 2 hour program is special, and we are so grateful to have been able to be a part of this journey with you all. Enjoy the music and the happiness!"

A big thank you to the City of Yarra Aged and Disability Services team (in particular the community transport team), BANH Inc. staff team and all our wonderful volunteers who tirelessly support the program.

Where?
Main Stage
When?

Sunday 10th

12:30 - 1:00pm

Ausecuma Beats

Music

Ausecuma Beats are more than just a band, they are a philosophy. Led by master djembe player, Boubacar Gaye, the nine-strong ensemble, each masters of their own craft and with their own personal histories, working together to create something exciting and guaranteed to make you dance.

Where?
Main Stage
When?

BEIJING OPERA STUDY

Music

Established 20 years ago in the heart of Richmond by our late group leader Kenneth Wu, Beijing Opera Study has been bringing entertainment, art and culture to the residents in the city of Yarra. The group is formed by passionate and talented senior citizens who aim to promote and share this type of Art and music from China. Beijing Opera Study has been performing yearly, including collaborations with professional opera singers from China, in various venues including Melbourne Town Hall and the Federation Square. Their passion and performance play a significant contribution to enrich the multicultural nature and diversity in Australia.

Where?
Main Stage
When?

Friday 8th

4:40 - 5:20pm

BLACK HOLE THEATRE

Community Arts

Spin a Yarn is a collaborative community story-telling project presented by Black Hole Theatre in collaboration with Yarra Libraries and the City of Yarra. A group of children from Richmond Youth Hub have unleashed their wild imaginations to create and perform surreal and funny stories with puppets they’ve made themselves. They’re on video, so can be shared with family, friends and the wider community. Black Hole Theatre is an experimental visual theatre based in Melbourne, with puppetry at its core. They’re committed to working with communities and individuals to offer their stories to the wider world, and thus enrich our lives.

Where?
Theatre
When?

Sunday 10th

Session 1: 4:10pm

Session 2: 4:30pm

BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE

Music

BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE (BJX) is a ten piece band playing an irresistibly danceable alloy of traditional Ethiopian song and 21st Century groove. Like the diverse backgrounds of its members members, BJX's music reflects the multicultural vibrancy of the band’s hometown, Melbourne, Australia.

Singer Enushu began entertaining her local community as a child in Addis Ababa. Forced to leave Ethiopia, Enushu migrated to Australia bringing hauntingly beautiful compositions inspired by her remarkable life story and the unique vocal traditions of Ethiopia. Enushu is joined on vocals by poetic giant and lyrical miracle Mr Monk, Zimbabwe born and Outback bred. BJX also features Australian living treasure Bob Sedergreen on keyboards, with Peter Harper saxophone, and Ian Dixon trumpet.

When not touring BJX run a weekly session at cultural hub The Horn creating new songs live on stage featuring guest artists from all walks of life. The facility BJX has with this practice lies in the improvising traditions of that feed BJX including Hip Hop, Jazz, Azmari and Funk.

Black Jesus Experience have recently released their 6th studio album, their second collaboration with their long time mentor, the inventor of Ethio-Jazz: Mulatu Astatke. The album To Know Without Knowing was recorded and mixed across 3 continents, and upon release has already been The Guardian Jazz Album of the Month and Bandcamp Album of the Day. Black Jesus Experience’s 7th album, double LP ’Good Evening Black Buddha’, is scheduled for worldwide release in October ’22 on Agogo Records.

Where?
Main Stage
When?

Saturday 9th

8:20 - 8:50pm

BLOOM ABOVE THE MUD

Video

l.ching2 is a contemporary storyteller.

My creation finds strength in the telling of stories and dreams, through the lens of an almost childlike curiosity. Capturing an internal emotional dialogue that people might just brush off because it may look insignificant in that moment from the eyes of “normalcy”. Yet to me, this moment plays an important part because this emotion finds its way into one’s subconscious, lingering in the memory that defines our life in the long-term.

Using creative dimensions of daily found/seen objects and familial experiences to connect with the viewer, this work provides a reflection of personal growth and persistence. A range of innovative contemporary narratives are expressed through the materiality of painting, sculpture, photography, film, animation and clothes.

Bloom Above the Mud derived from the growth stages of lotus from the mud, despite of the challenges, if ones has perseverance to continue move forward with compassion, like the lotus, we will bloom. If you dig deeper, you may find the connection of your life experience interwoven in my storytelling.

Where?
Inflatable Gallery
When?

Screening on Friday and Saturday nights

C8

DJ

C8’s electric curation of genre bending leftfield beats, UK bass, hard hitting femme rap and beyond never fails to keep you your toes. Expect nothing; yet everything, as C8 will come serving some vibey cuts to set the mood for Moon Lantern. Oh and a whole lot of wubba wubs.

Where?
The Booth
When?

Saturday 9th

5:20 - 5:50pm

CHAOTIIC GOOD

DJ

Kiera aka Chaotiic Good (she/her) is all about gritty beats with a sparkly hyper-pop edge, bringing a dynamic mix of industrial, vogue, jersey club, and hip-house.Kiera is the co-founder of Echo Collective (@the.echo.collective) holding live music events for emerging DJ’s of marginalised genders. She also co-hosts the Miscellanous Fuzz (@miscellanousfuzz) podcast, showcasing the Naarm/Melb music scene.

Where?
The Booth
When?

Saturday 9th

3:00 - 3:30pm

CLAIRE DICKSON (PBS)

DJ

Eclectic, fun and always dancey with a large global influence

Claire Dickson is a PBS DJ that has graced the radio waves in many forms over the last 6 years but most recently with her Tuesday night show Good Company. This weekly offering of tunes aims to be the best of company to soundtrack wherever you might find yourself. Expect a lot of global influence but also rare gems and obscurities varying from fun and dancey, to smooth and jazzy. Come and hang out with her every Tuesday, 7-8pm on PBS or find her behind the counter down at Dutch Vinyl 4 days a week eager to talk about anything music related with you!

Where?
The Booth
When?

Friday 8th

Set 1: 8:20 - 8:50pm

Set 2: 9:30 - 10:00pm

Djoliba Rattler

Music

Djoliba Rattler is a collaboration involving Aboubacar Djéliké Kouyate, currently residing between Mali, France and Australia, and three Melbourne-based ‘master musicians': Mark Ferrie, George Butrumlis and Ray Pereira. Central to this initiative is the traditional musical heritage of West African Mandenka culture entrusted to Aboubacar Djéliké Kouyate through his family line as a 'djeli' or 'griot' in Malian society. The collaboration generates interpretations of African rhythms, melodies and traditional song themes through a uniquely Melbourne filter, to form an international and intercultural sound and experience.

Where?
Main Stage
When?

Saturday 9th

2:20 - 3:00pm

ENDORFIN

Endorfin’s sound traverses between genres, often resulting in a blend of euphoric, ravey sounds and UKG and breaks. No matter what she plays, one can always feel the love and passion behind her track selection, resulting in a unique and memorable experience for all.

Where?
When?

Saturday 9th

6:45 - 7:00pm

FASHION HOUSE

Community Arts

DIY fashion workshop tent for festival participants to design and create garments. Diverse workshops will allow participants to have extensive opportunties to develop their skills. Sessions will be free, all materials will be upcycled, and any creations can be taken home! The space will be run in collaboration between The Wellington and SisterWorks.

The Wellington is a community centre located in the heart of Collingwood, a place for social interaction and support to redress disadvantage, cultural and social isolation in our local community. They provide very low cost complementary health care services and activities to people in the area. The welcoming drop-in atmosphere encourages people to meet and interact with others from the community.

SisterWorks is a not-for-profit social enterprise, based in Melbourne. Through work and entrepreneurship, their mission is to support women who are refugees, asylum seekers or migrants to improve their confidence, mental well-being, sense of belonging and economic outlook.

Where?
Fashion House
When?

FASHION SHOW

Community Arts

[[icon-auslan]] Auslan Interpeted

Festival attendees who designed and created garments over the weekend in the Fashion House, will have the opportunity to strut their stuff on a catwalk. Accompanied by Wellington Community DJ's, the show will be a mix of multicultural, fantastical and casual designs. All fabrics used will have been upcycled and sustainable.

Where?
Main Stage
When?

Sunday 10th

3:30 - 4:10pm

FOG THEATRE AND FRIENDS

Theatre

Fog Theatre & friends is a showcase full of fun and surprise featuring acts of physical comedy, dance and unconventional song. co-MC'ed by Hot Potato stars Bailey and Maney, starring the dynamic performers of Fog Theatre with special guests.

Fog Theatre is a dynamic and diverse performing arts program for adults with disability where members explore and develop skills in drama, acting, singing, improvisation, script, dance, movement and choreography in a socially, creatively and culturally inclusive, safe and welcoming environment, supported by highly experienced inclusive arts practitioners and accessibility specialists.

Fog Theatre’s bold artistic practice and culture of inclusivity embeds creative leadership development opportunities and nurtures vital pathways to further artistic collaborations, partnerships and exchanges across industries and sectors, as well as the production and presentation of numerous critically successful theatre and film works since its formation in 1991.

Where?
Theatre
When?

Sunday 10th
2:50 - 3:30pm

FOREVER DANCE

Dance

Ballroom, Latin and Street Latin dance classes taught locally in Richmond. Forever Dance will appear at the Moon Lantern Festival to give a presentation of a Latin group class of Bachata and Salsa for the locals to join and learn. Presented by the two School Principals and some of their students, the class teaches some basic steps in a routine and danced to fun and energetic music. "My dance partner and I would then perform a routine of Argentine tango, bachata and salsa. The dancing is high energy and makes people happy."

Where?
Festival Grounds
When?

Saturday 9th

6:10 - 6:30pm

GHERKIN KHAN'S AMUSEMENT ALCAZAR

Theatre

If you dare, enter into the wooden venue. Once you have negotiated with the gnarly guard, take a chance and guide your pinball through the maze. Complete a bizarre series of tasks and prove yourself worthy of Gherkin Khan۪s respect. A child friendly odyssey of weird and wonderful interactivity.

Where?
Festival Grounds
When?

Runs all the time

Gordon Koang

Music

Gordon Koang’s positivity is unparalleled and unwavering. Messages of peace, love, and unity are prominent throughout his music and are sentiments that seem to become ever more relevant in our current global context.

Born blind and growing up in what is now South Sudan, Gordon began learning the thom - a four stringed, guitar-like instrument that has become the basis for his trademark sound.Accompanied by the thom, unfurling vocal melodies become his medium for sharing his life experiences of civil war, seeking asylum and the impact of theCovid-19 pandemic. Given Gordon's incredible journey of resilience in the face of hardship, his steadfast position towards positivity and inclusion is even more impressive.

Gordon's music is reflection of his in-between existence. It’s indelibly shaped by his Australian bandmates, and it’s of a piece with his South Sudanese roots; happiness and grief wind their way through nearly all of these songs side by side, but stem from his overarching positivity. There’s joy in these liminal spaces, Koang makes clear, setting up shop inside and inviting the audience to join him for a dance.

Where?
Main Stage
When?

Friday 8th

7:30 - 8:20pm

HARMONICANS

Music

The Harmonicans are an ensemble of grassroots sound aficionados, lead by experienced Musicians. Before COVID the group would gather every week at the Belgium Avenue Neighbourhood House on Tuesdays. They’ve just started their rehearsals again, and the Moon Lantern Festival will be one of their first performances back in the community!

Where?
Main Stage
When?

Sunday 10th

12:45 - 1:00pm

INFLATABLE GALLERY

Community Arts

Enormous architectural inflatable structures will transform the festival grounds at night. Visual and video artworks from local community artists will be projected upon the Inflatable Gallery. A range of works will be exhibited varying from portraits of community members, to sculptural works to video art.

Where?
Festival Grounds
When?

Runs at night

Izy

Music

Izy (pronounced eye-zee), are perhaps Far North Queensland’s first neo-soul export. Ryo, Warrigo and Maru, each a part of musical families from different continents, connected in the distant north of Queensland; three young men who became brothers playing music together.

Relocating to Melbourne in 2019, Izy play slinky, futuristic soul music with raw old-soul sensibilities. All instruments, no computers, pulling in all the influences from Prince to D’Angelo to Alabama Shakes. In their music, an incontrovertible quality of dedication, honesty and diversity is clear; an undeniable positive energy that surges through their presence on stage.  

Having spent their early youth criss-crossing the top half of Australia in a ute, cutting their teeth with countless gigs, Izy are three powerful musicians from strong musical lineages whose time has come.

Where?
Main Stage
When?

Sunday 10th

2:20 - 3:00pm

JADE RABBIT AND THE MOON #1 & #2

Video

In this lantern festival, ching2 has distinctively created her version of the Chinese fable, the story of Jade rabbit getting to the moon. In the second series of Jade Rabbit and the Moon, Ching2 has collaborated with sculpture artist, Richard M.

Richard is well known for his ceramic and glass fusion, textured sculptures and unique inventions of material exploration. The fusion constantly creates deconstruction and reconstruction, each with its own navigation of space from the past, present and perhaps unknown futures. It is an intimate connection between the artist’s experience and textural fusion.

Ching2 has focused on his abstract texture to form the space materials that Jade Rabbit encountered during his journey to the moon.

Where?
Inflatable Gallery
When?

Screening on Friday and Saturday nights

JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH

Theatre

[[icon-auslan]] Show 1 is Auslan Interpreted

Journey to the Centre of the Earth is a classic tale of action and adventure, performed by Mark Penzak through high-energy storytelling, wacky sets and surprising puppets.

Created and performed by Mark Penzak, who since 1986, has been creating theatrical experiences for children and adults. His performances for children have appeared at La Mama, Edinburgh & Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne Comedy Festival and throughout Australia, Scotland, England and Ireland. His version of Journey to the Centre of the Earth was nominated for a Greenroom award and his script Tōrō & Rose was awarded the Australian Children's Theatre Foundation Fellowship in 2019. In 2018 Mark was artist in resident at Popps Packing in Detroit where he explored the consequences of racism and how that might be explained through theatre. In 2020 Mark was awarded the 2021 UNIMA Lorrie Gardner Scholarship. Mark resides in the Victorian town of Castlemaine.

Where?
Theatre
When?

Saturday 9th

Show 1: 3:40 - 4:40pm

Show 2: 5:50 - 6:50pm

JOW GA KUEN MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION

Dance

Jow Ga Kuen is Melbourne's first traditional Jow Ga Kung Fu school. Established by Sifu Tseng Gong Seng in 1987, and relaunched by his grandson Frank Lam in 2013.

"We aim to preserve and spread the art of Lion Dance, Dragon Dance and Kung Fu throughout Australia. Our goal is to highlight the skills and diversity of Lion Dance, Dragon Dance and Kung Fu to the general public. We actively promote public awareness and image of these traditional arts."

Performing the Lion Dance as part of the Moon Lantern Festival's Opening ceremony; The Lion Dance is believed to bring people joy, happiness, good luck, good health, longevity, and prosperity.

Where?
Festival Grounds
When?

KEY

Music

From South Sudan to Egypt, Autiak aka Key made it to his last but not least destination, Australia, in 2005. Autiak was born in South Sudan and moved to Melbourne when he was seven. SInce his arrival, he's experienced life at it's fullest. From being a refugee to fitting in which led to juveneile centres, and adult prisons. Autiak also acted in the SBS miniseries "Sunshine", which was directed by Diana Reid (Offspring, Paper Giants, INXS Never Tear Us Apart).

His other artistic talent is dancing, writing and performing rap music, which he does as much as possivble in his spare time.

Where?
Main Stage
When?

Saturday 9th

3:30 - 4:10pm

Kee'ahn

Music

With a name coming from the Wik people, meaning to dance, to sing, to play, Kee’ahn aims to honour her name and Ancestors through her soulful music that weaves lush melodies and words reminiscent of heartbreak and healing. Kee’ahn’s debut single ‘Better Things’ is out now.

Where?
Main Stage
When?

Saturday 9th

4:40 - 5:20pm

LLOYD BRIGGS (PBS)

DJ

When he’s not busy melting minds via his Monday-morning radio show Deeep Space on 106.7 PBSfm you can usually find Lloyd Briggs in one of Melbourne’s finest/dankest establishments sharing his collection of some of the finest Rare Groove, Boogie, Afro, Reggae, Soul, Jazz & Hip Hop from every corner of the cosmic globe…

Where?
The Booth
When?

Sunday 10th

Set 1: 3:00 - 3:30pm

Set 2: 4:10 - 4:40pm

MIRANDA SKYE

DJ

Miranda Skye (she/they) blends Dnb, techno, breaks and bassline tracks and everything in between to create full energy and fun sets. The seamless mixing of a variety of high power genres and the fun edge to the pop remixes and blends they bring creates a unique sound and environment that is bound to entrance the dancefloor. Miranda Skye also runs a successful party called Rendition that focuses on elevating up and coming femme and LGBTQI+ artists, a party that is hitting many clubs around Naarm. Inspired by the underground music scene and their love of dancing until they are lost in the rhythm, Miranda Skye never fails to bring a level of fun and bright intensity, complex and impressive beats and innovative mixing. Be prepared for a fast, hyped and exciting time from this powerhouse!

Where?
The Booth
When?

MONIKER

DJ

DJ Moniker's style blends multiple genres ranging from dub to electro to create sonic connection and synchronicity, providing a unifying feeling that fuses a crowd together.

Where?
The Booth
When?

Saturday 9th

2:05 - 2:20pm

MZRIZK (PBS)

DJ

DJ, event curator and radio presenter, MzRizk, is renowned for her ongoing contributions to Melbourne’s rich cultural and music landscape. Her many projects are a distinct blend of music knowledge, creative diversity and cultural and community engagement. MzRizk plays a pivotal role in connecting music-loving folks across Australia and abroad through events and her radio show Boogie Beat Suite.

Where?
The Booth
When?

Saturday 9th

Set 1: 7:50 - 8:20 pm

Set 2: 8:50 - 9:20pm

MZURI DANCE

Dance

Mzuri Dance is a for purpose dance, music arts facilitation service. We provide professional performances, classes and workshops specialising in African music and dance. We are a social enterprise, creating access for all, learning from indigenous cultural practice to bring people of diverse backgrounds together in skill sharing and culture sharing for social equity.

For the Moon Lantern Festival, Mzuri Dance will teach choreography to festival attendees. The workshop performance outcome for participants will then be paired with the performance from Afrovival; a Botswanian/Ghanian/Tanzanian/Congololese dance band appearing on the Main Stage directly after the workshop.

Where?
Workshop Tent
When?

Sunday 10th

5:30 - 6:00pm

Mindy Meng Wang 王萌 & Tim Shiel

Music

Nervous Energy is a collaborative effort between Chinese/Australian avant-garde composer Mindy Meng Wang 王萌, and her Melbourne-based contemporary Tim Shiel. Over the course of 2020, as COVID restrictions ebbed and flowed, Tim & Mindy worked ceaselessly on developing new material, first recorded by Mindy on her21-string traditional guzheng, and then shared with Tim via the internet to be reworked into something neither had imagined possible. 

The result is a meeting of ancient Chinese tradition and contemporary electronic & dance music, oscillating from breakbeat to minimal house and back to dub and pop sounds. It is a hymn to the world Mindy inhabits, a place where tradition is forced to adapt with changing values and clashing cultures.

Where?
Main Stage
When?

Saturday 9th

7:00 - 7:50pm

NIAMH

DJ

A sought after DJ in her short career, DJ Niamh has made a name for herself on PBS covering for Pjenne & Jazz with her trademark eclectic selections.

She’s put out exclusive mixes on behalf of local crews Novel, High Ground, LUNA Blessings, and Whitvoir; as well as playing gigs alongside icons such as Jennifer Loveless and Escape Artist.

Niamh is breaking through as an artist, playing regular shows at venues like Thank You Bar, The Gasometer Hotel and most recently Miscellania. She is a breakthrough artist with great offerings both sonically and as a contributor to the scene.

Where?
The Booth
When?

Saturday 9th

6:30 - 6:45pm

NOSEY PARKER

Theatre

One of Australia's finest and funniest physical comedians Daniel Oldaker aka "Nosey Parker" has toured the world many times over to over 30 countries entertaining millions of people, his innate sense of comic timing and improvisational mastery puts him up there with the physical comedy greats as Jim Carey, Roman Atkinson (Mr Bean) and Jerry Lewis. When he is not playing Nosey Parker he has various other fabulously funny characters like "Dandyman" and "The Bellhop" who bring joy and happiness to many. He will be at the Moon Lantern festival as Community Engagement Officer "Nosey Parker" creating magical moments of hilarity with his outrageously funny physical comedy skits, you can meet his dog "Brown Nose" and laugh at his ridiculous comedy raps and incredible feats of funniness.

Where?
Festival Grounds
When?

POLLY DARTON AND JOLENE THE UNICORN

Theatre

Emilie Bloom (Polly Darton) is an interdisciplinary, multi modal artist living in Regional Victoria, Dja Dja Wurrung Country. She works as a solo performer and within existing companies for circus, theatre and festivals and has been a Melbourne Clown Doctor with The Humour Foundation since 2015.

Her practice responds to the diverse influences of nature, family, imaginative play, history, politics and art. Emilie plays with clown, character and physical comedy developing archetypal characters and placing them in contemporary performance environments.

Where?
Festival Grounds
When?

Saturday 9th

POOKIE

Music

Aćol Agaar Apollo, better known by the stage name POOKIE, is a South Sudanese rapper, songwriter, composer and producer who was born in Nairobi, Kenya. At age seven, her family migrated to Australia where she was introduced to the works of MissyElliot and the world of Hip-Hop music at large. POOKIE’s art and music have become dynamic displays of her South Sudanese roots, with many of her pieces celebrating her Dinka culture and heritage.

POOKIE not only employs her art as a means of self-expression, but uses it as a medium to bridge the gap between her experiences as a Black African woman growing up inAustralia as part of the subjugated South Sudanese Australian diaspora. For several years, POOKIE has exhibited her art, organised and curated events for empowering Black femme creatives, and performed her spoken word poetry.

In 2019, she formed a five-piece band. With a wave of authentic Afro-Jazz and Hip-Hop melodies, she quickly made an artistic impact in Melbourne’s music scene and in performances across Australia.

Where?
Main Stage
When?

Saturday 9th

9:20 - 10:00pm

Qaymi Arts

Community Arts

[[icon-tactile]] [[icon-described]] Tactile tour on Sunday 10th at 1:00pm

Muhubo Suleiman is a Somali traditional weaver, who was self-taught at a young age. She grew up in Somalia where she learned a variation of cultural weaving and sewing skills. Over the duration of the festival, she will be building a traditional hut called an Aqal. Festival attendees will be invited to help her build. “I love to teach people about my culture and my heritage as well make sure that my culture isn't lost and that future generations have these skills.”

Where?
Festival Grounds
When?

Runs all the time

R. P. Downie's Lycanthropic Metamorphosis

Theatre

R. P. Downie is a multi-faceted sound artist working right in the eye of the storm of POP. At times punishingly demonic, at others sickeningly saccharine, he takes the best parts of pop music to the absolute extremes. R. P. is never one to stay in one sound for too long, always itching to slap you with something unexpected. Curveballs wait around every corner.

For The Moon Lantern Festival, R. P. Downie has prepared a performance centred around the sounds of the festival. A familiar soundscape warps and twists and morphs in to a glimpse of the future, colliding with autotuned vocals and swampy rhythms.

Microphones set up around the tent are fed into a series of processors, magnifying the environment, looping and repeating, resonating to uncover unexpected tones, songs forming from seemingly non-musical vibrations. A beautiful monster appears as the moon's light strengthens.

Where?
Theatre
When?

Sunday 10th

6:20 - 7:20pm

RYMS ALL STARS

Music

RYMS (Real Youth Music Studios) is a music and dance program for young people aged 8-13 from Collingwood and Fitzroy. RYMS All Stars will be performing original songs which they have written and recorded in the studio, as well as dance routines they have learned throughout the term.

Where?
Main Stage
When?

Saturday 9th

5:50 - 6:10pm

SNUFF PUPPETS

Theatre

Since 1992, Snuff Puppets has been unleashing its giant puppet spectacles on millions of people worldwide. Their work is a collision of visual art, sculpture, design, engineering, music, movement, performance and physical theatre. At the company are their giant puppets – sometimes gorgeous; sometimes grotesque – and the unpredictable ways they are brought to life. Specialising in non-traditional arts audiences, and in creatively reclaiming streets and public spaces. Snuff Puppets are renowned for our dramatic use of scale, from the world’s largest puppet, “Everybody”, to the towering, crane-operated Congolese superheroine Punch Agathe.

From their home in Footscray they have taken their work to dozens of countries across five continents, from the streets of Kinshasa in the DRC to the small islands of Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, and from the Sao Paulo CBD to the forecourt of the Reichstag in Berlin. They’ve performed at countless international festivals including the London Night Parade, Sziget in Hungary, and Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale Japan, as well as closer to home at the Big Day Out, and the Darwin, Melbourne and Castlemaine State Festivals.

They practice radical inclusivity and an open-door policy, an antidote to the elitism of the art world. They bring positive measurable change to collaborators, participants and communities. Striving to energise, inspire and embolden all who encounter them, their work celebrates difference while seeking out the things we have in common.

Where?
Festival Grounds
When?

SOURTOOTH

DJ

sourtooth (AKA Lauren Main) is a Naarm based DJ who loves exploring the intersection between nostalgia and sound. Layering eclectic, glitchy melodies with driving beats, sourtooth blends a mix of sweet and sour house, techno and breaks - the perfect soundtrack for a memorable time on the dancefloor.

Where?
The Booth
When?

Saturday 9th

1:50 - 2:05pm

SPOKEN WORD SESSIONS

Theatre

Some of Melbourne’s most renowned and powerful spoken word artists come together in the Moon Lantern theatre for a special showcase. Curated and produced by Sumaya Barud. One not to miss!

Where?
Theatre
When?

Saturday 9th

7:40 - 8:20pm

Sunfruits

Music

Sunfruits are a psychedelic pop/disco band from Melbourne. Founded by Winter McQuin, their members include Evie Vlah, Imogen Cygler, Elena Jones and Gene Argiro. Whilst Sunfruits music is playful and upbeat, the meaning and messages behind the music concern environmental collapse, social uprising and the willingness to change outdated views.

Where?
Main Stage
When?

Friday 8th

8:50 - 9:30pm

TAKE FLUFFY FOR A WALK

Theatre

Fluffy the Poodle would love someone to take them for a walk. Be Fluffy’s friend and explore the festival together!

A new interactive performance by multidisciplinary artist Niow.

Where?
Festival Grounds
When?

Saturday 9th

7:00 - 10:00pm

THE CHANGE CAFE

Community Arts

"The Change cafe. Where even you can help save the world. The secret headquarters, where change is manifested. Where art and activism meet . Where the ancient and the new co-exist to make a better future over music, fire and a cup of coffee." Part community led café and part performance venue. Community leaders will be programmed for talks, performances, visual art exhibitions and First Nations cultural practices and ceremonies. Produced by prominent community member and activist Izzy Brown.

Friday

6:00 Rotary hoes – 2 piece, bass and spoken word

6:50 Smoking Ceremony by Uncle Robbie

Saturday

12:40 Radioactive flash mob with Zombie Bob

3:00 Toxic dance with Joe Zombie

6:10 Gil Kagoya – West Papuan singer songwriter playing traditional and original music

Fire yarns (ongoing)

Fast Fashun (ongoing)

Art Corner with Sofia (ongoing)

Sunday

1:00 Marley and Poom – West Papuan singer songwriter performing traditional and classic sing along covers

2:00 West Papua feast

Fire yarns (ongoing)

All Weekend

Lizard Car – From deep in the ground the sleepy lizard is awakening, some things should be left in the ground...

Wa Canoe – the west papuan canoe for freedom

West Papua Photo exhibition – An exhibition of archival photos from West Papua pre Indonesian occupation, cultural artifacts and contemporary art by West Papuan artist Lober Wainggai and Porobibi

Where?
The Change Cafe
When?

Runs all the time

THE FAMOUS LOVE HEART DANCERS

Dance

The happiest dance troupe you've ever met. As seen on Channel Nine News, ABC News, SBS and down-the-road on Nicholson St! This troupe of dancers radiate good vibes and wherever they go an instant dance party follows! If you see them, wave, say hi, and feel free to boogie with them. As the very wise Madonna once said - 'Get into the groove!'

Where?
Festival Grounds
When?

Friday Evening

THE GATEWAY

Community Arts

Walking through the gateway to The Moon Lantern Festival will be akin to moving from one world (the ordinary and everyday) to another (an alternate utopia). The community has come together under the guidance of local artist and builder Lober Wainggai who has built numerous sculptures around the Collingwood Neighbourhood House, often reflecting his West Papuan Heritage.Lober and his community in the past have built traditional huts, props and costumes and even a replica of the canoe he, and 42 others, travelled to Australia on from West Papua.

For the Moon Lantern Festival, Lober will build a 3 metre tall entranceway decorated and then adorned with messages of welcome in the expansive range of languages spoken in the North Richmond and Collingwood Housing Estates.

Where?
Festival Grounds
When?

Runs all the time

THE WORLD KITCHEN

Community Arts

[[icon-auslan]] Select sessions will be Auslan Interpreted. Speak to our friendly staff to find out more

The Imaginary love child of Nigella and the Swedish Chef, The World Kitchen is a food performance venue that hosts food demonstrations from the serious to the spurious, a cut-throat Iron Chef competition, gastronomic theatre shows and a Long Table Lunch. A mobile performative kitchen serving up culinary spectacles that celebrates the rich (and delicious) cultural diversity of the North Richmond Community. Food, stories, memories and community (with a sprinkle of absurd performances for good measure).

Where?
The World Kitchen
When?

Runs all the time

The Seben Brothers

Music

The Seben Brothers are an energetic dance band that exclusively plays African music, and particularly a dance style called Soukous which comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Central Africa.

The band have been performing locally for the last five years and the members are veteran musicians including local and African artists.

The band plays plays dance music driven by a passion for performance. Soukous is the main style and it developed of the last three decades in central Africa. Soukous means "to shake" and that is the main effect of experiencing the music of The Seben Brothers.  

A "Sebene" is a term used in Congolese Rumba music to describe the instrumental section of a rumba song where the singing finishes and the band creates an ecstatic instrumental section to energise the audience into dancing.

Where?
Main Stage
When?

Friday 8th

5:50 - 6:30pm

UNCLE RON MURRAY

Theatre

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Uncle Ron is a much loved and respected Wamba Wamba storyteller, following in the tradition of his Nan Karpany, of the Tatiara people of the Corrong, South Australia. Ron is proud to keep Aboriginal stories of Koorie people alive and is much sought after at festivals, and at schools.

Within the Aboriginal community, Ron regularly works re-connecting Koori people with their culture through storytelling, music and positive stories. Aside from his weekly Koori Culture program at Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre, Ron is often asked to work at Koori Men's Camps and Koori Kids Camps and is involved in giving leadership talks at Indigenous events throughout the year

Where?
Yarra Libraries Chill Out Space
When?

Saturday 9th

2:30 - 3:30pm

VARIETYVILLE - ACTS OF ABSURDITY

Theatre

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Witness ​two ʻmust seeʼ artists of outrageously funny proportions combining their talents into one incredible show for your pleasure!

Acts of Absurdity is a thrilling fusion of the most unique, ridiculous and bizarre acts you’ll ever see. Starring award winning, five star internationally renowned physical comedian Daniel Oldaker aka “Dandyman" (La Soireé - Sydney Opera House, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melb. Int Comedy Fest) and the inimitable variety star Rani Huszar, “Foxy Moron" as seen on ABC’s “Live at the Memo” & “The Sideshow” and the world hit show La Cliqué. Acts of Absurdity takes variety to a whole new level with bite sized morsels of masterful magic, chaotic clowning, preposterous physical feats, musical mayhem, hilarious hi-jinks and much much more! Oldaker & Huszar have captivated audiences for the last 20 years in over 30 countries around the world with their ridiculous sense of humour, endearing charm, unique and offbeat physical theatre.

Where?
Theatre
When?

Show 1:

Saturday 9th

1:30 - 2:30

Show 2:

Sunday 10th

1:00 - 2:00pm

YARRA ETHNIC ARTS EXCHANGE ASSOCIATION

Community Arts

Our community is doing singing, dancing, Chinese instruments, Shaoxing opera and often do the performance for the age care, North Richmond neighbourhood, other Chinese communities.

Where?
Main Stage
When?

Saturday 9th

1:10 - 1:50pm

YARRA LIBRARIES CHILL OUT SPACE

Community Arts

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A collaboration between Yarra Libraries and The Moon Lantern Festival will see an allocated space for First Nations Storytellers, free books to rehome and a mini cinema. The Yarra Libraries Chill out space will be a hub for human connection, both lived and fictional and will importantly serve as a calm space for neuro-diverse festival attendees.

Where?
Yarra Libraries Chill Out Space
When?

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th

Zhang, Jian Yuan 张建元

Music

My name is Zhang (family name) Jian Yuang and came to Australia 30 years ago from Shanghai, I came with my twin brother to study English and worked in various jobs in Melbourne. Some of the jobs were in a rubber and shoe factory as well as a cook. 

In Richmond, I'm connected to my community through the Yarra Arts Association. Before COVID, about 45 of us used to get together every week to dance, sing, perform and paint traditional Chinese calligraphy. I started playing Pipa since I was 10 years old.

Last year I enjoyed being a volunteer with BANH in the Lifting Spirits program giving food to the community and playing Pipa during the program.

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When?

2FIDDLE STRING

Music

Hi! I am Xuhi (Violinist) and Karolyni (Cellist). We are 2Fiddle String. Music is our passion and life. We have been playing together for over 5 years. We love to show off our sounds from our strings to audiences. We love classical, Jazz, pop, rock and folk styles. We can't wait to see you to have fun with us.

Where?
Main Stage
When?

Sunday 10th

1:10 - 1:50pm