Rising Festival brings in thousands of people to Melbourne each year to experience art and music from across the world. With a little something for everyone, Rising events are happening at venues all around the city.
In 2023 St Paul’s hosted two of Rising Festival’s events. Anthem inside the Cathedral and Night Trade in our Close.
The Dean said: “We were pleased to partner with Rising to bring Night Trade and Anthem to the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, bringing more than 30,000 visitors to our Precinct. These two very special activations brought opportunities to enjoy the Cathedral Close in a very different way, and to feel the impact of Wu Tsang’s incredible large-scale piece inside St Paul’s to offer a place of reflection and peace at the heart of the Festival.”
A large-scale sound and video collaboration between artist Wu Tsang and folk icon Beverly Glenn-Copeland. Loudness and uniformity is abandoned as Glenn’s otherworldly voice reverberates within St Paul’s Cathedral’s landmark gothic architecture. He leads us through ambiguous vocal timbres, playful call-and-response, and evolving tints of ambient sound, as visual textures evolve against 19-metre-high silk screen.
Patrons are invited to stay for as long as they wish within opening hours.
Anthem brought nearly 30,000 people through the doors of the cathedral.
Dates and Times
Wed 7 – Sun 18 June, 6-10pm
Located in the centre of RISING, Night Trade is where you can gather, get fed, plan your next move, or board a bus that’s been cooked in a reality-breaking marinade. The space will be stitched to the hilt with tactile surrealism, featuring performances from a rotating roster of special guests and more. Artworks by Puerto Rican Poncili Creación fill the space whie DJs, performances, drinks, BBQ cooking, a giant negroni tank, warm beverages and shelter for rest give plenty to do before heading out into the city
Dates and times
Wed 7 – Sun 18 June, 6-late