The Substation is hosting a free, 10-hour extravaganza of music and art

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The Substation is hosting a free, 10-hour extravaganza of music and art

Lisa Lerkenfeldt by Abby Sundborne
Words by Kaya Martin

Open / Station is an all-day explosion of creativity, taking place on November 26 to close out the Neighbourhood Festival.

Those interested in the invigorating world of contemporary and experimental art will not want to miss this one. The Substation is opening its doors on November 26 for Open / Station, an exhilarating all-day event featuring performance, concert, and visual arts.

Located in a former industrial building in Newport, The Substation is a contemporary and experimental arts hub that supports the practice of forward-thinking artists from multiple disciplines. The Open / Station gala welcomes viewers inside the historical venue for a curated showcase of works by a selection of their collaborators.

The Substation is hosting Open / Station, a multi-sensory arts event

  • The free event, taking place on November 26, will be located in the art hub’s historical Newport building
  • Attendants can expect to experience a fusion of visual arts, performance, and music
  • Open / Station is the closing party for Neighbourhood Festival, an 18-day celebration of contemporary arts
  • The audio and animation performance With Water Up To Her Knees will premiere on November 24 and 25

Explore Melbourne’s latest arts and theatrical events, exhibitions, productions and performances here.

Starting at 2pm, the free event will host a performance by dance artist Jo Lloyd, music by the riveting Australian Arts Orchestra, and much more. The visual arts exhibitions contain everything from magnificent light installations to 3D animations and are sure to leave viewers with a lot to digest.


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After dark, the space will transform for the finale of Neighbourhood Festival, a celebration of contemporary art that runs from November 11 to 27. The closing party will kick off with the last showing of Michaela Gleave’s Between Us, a touching collaborative poem translated into morse code and flashed into the evening sky. DJs curated by Studio Slur will tie up an unforgettable day.

Another festival highlight is the world premier of With Water Up To Her Knees, taking place on November 24 and 25. Running for two days only, the show blends electroacoustics, surreal animation, and performance in an exploration of abandoned infrastructure set in modern day Naarm. It is a collaboration between artists Lisa Lerkenfeldt and Tristan Jalleh.

With Water Up To Her Knees will show on November 24 and 25. Pick up your tickets here. For more information on the Open / Close showcase taking place on November 26, head here.

This article was made in partnership with The Substation.