Triennial EXTRA: A guide to NGV's free, ten-day festival

Bringing together dance, performance, guest DJs, pop-up bars and conversations in a one-off experience. 

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Some of Australia's finest musicians will be taking up DJ residencies throughout the festival performing in the NGV Garden for an open-air summer session. Expect DJ sets from indie rockers Jungle Giants, Saskwatch, singer-songwriter Dan Sultan, Cloud Control, Tex Perkins, husband and wife duo Dave Graney and Clare Moore, and electropop act Miami Horror. With that in mind, here's a brief rundown for some of our top picks. 

Supernormal Natsu

Award-winning Melbourne chef Andrew McConnell will transform NGV’s Garden Restaurant into Supernormal Natsu. The restaurant will deliver a summer menu inspired by McConnell’s pan-Asian eatery Supernormal. With a Japanese hibachi grill on the terrace of the restaurant, the menu will feature a number of grilled meat and seafood options complemented by the finest summer ingredients. Specialty vegetable dishes are also on offer with a variety of shaved ice desserts to finish.


Triennial EXTRA will feature a number of drinking options including the Great Hall Bar presented by Asahi Super Dry, the NGV Tearoom will be taken over by Margaret River winery Xanadu Wines who’ll be delivering award-winning wines coupled with a fine selection of cheese and charcuterie.
The most exciting drinking option is Dan Murphy’s Discovery bar, a collaboration between Melbourne artist and designer Ryan L Foote and 2016 Australian Bartender of the Year Charlie Ainsbury. They’ll be creating bespoke cocktails in the NGV garden during Triennial EXTRA.

Accumulation Collaboration with Chunky Move

NGV collaborates with Melbourne’s internationally acclaimed dance company Chunky Move to present Accumulation. Curated by Artistic Director Anouk van Dijk, Accumulation introduces five new performance works, exploring human rituals and the transient relationships between people, places and objects through a gradual amassing of eclectic dance interventions. Performed among artworks in NGV Triennial, each consecutive performance takes audiences on a unique experience of the exhibition through dance.

Noss Noss

Artist Hassan Hajjaj transforms the ground floor Gallery Kitchen into a vibrant, Moroccan tea house. Experience ‘noss noss’ – a term used in Morocco to order coffee and milk – and Moroccan cafe culture, and enjoy a summer menu inspired by Moroccan cuisine. The space will also see a series of musical performances from Melbourne bands Alwan, Yalla! and the John Norton Trio, throughout the Triennial season. Noss Noss will also host In Good Faith, presented by Hana Assafiri and the Speedaters – here they invite you to ‘speed date a Muslim’, asking the women anything about their faith.

Black Chronicles

African artist collective Still Nomads explore the intersection of gender, queerness, class and race. Co-founders Areej Nur and Samira Farah will take participants on a walk and talk through the Triennial, examining how Triennial artists approach this often complex intersection. As a collective Still Nomads explore visibility and erasure set against a context of blackness within Australia and the world.

Humans In The Age Of Technology

Angus Hervey and Tane Hunter, co-founders of Future Crunch, will take participants on a walk and talk as they take some time to explore what it means to be human when technology intersects every aspect of our lives. They will discuss what our interactions with technology mean to us now and how they will expand in the future from the context of the Triennial.

Growing Up In The Age Of Fake News

A talk on the reliability of traditional and alternative news outlets in the era of fake news. They’ll discuss the impact that fake news is having on young people and how it affects the way they understand the world around them. Hosted by VICE Australia staff writer and editor Kat Gillespie, the panel will feature Jonno Revanche, Mahmood Fazal, Shaad D’Souza and Madison Griffiths.

The Wise Woman

Though primarily a painter Polish artist Paulina Ołowska expands her concept of the Wise Woman into a one woman performance. It tells the story of the mythical Wise Woman and draws on Ołowska’s fascination with modern artistic and design traditions of Poland and other former Soviet countries.

Cross Pollination – When Art And Science Meet

Award-winning science journalist, best-selling author and environmental campaigner Tanya Ha explores the contributions science and art make to each other through two talks during the festival. The first sees Ha reflecting on how science and technology have changed art, and how art challenges us to question our perceptions of what’s real. The second will explore interactions with art and the environment, and highlight the consequences of consumerism, litter and pollution.

The Whirling

Presented by Melbourne Artists for Asylum Seekers, artists from around the world share their thoughts on the power of art to influence the community to take action and make change. It’ll feature Melbourne-based design lecturer, visual artist and performer Dr Margaret Mayhew, Marcus Ferguson, Sriharan Ganeshan, Leila Ashtiani, Samaneh Malekshahi, and the founding president of Melbourne Artists For Asylum Seekers Azizeh Astaneh.


Miami Horror & Jess Cornelius

Miami Horror will combine a mix of funky house tunes alongside your favourite throwback dance numbers, while Jess Cornelius brings together everything from the Australian underground of the ‘60s and ‘70s to Peruvian psych rock and Nigerian disco funk. Friday January 19.

The Jungle Giants & Adalita + Mary Mihelakos

The Jungle Giants have become the poster people for taking creative risks, so expect some nu-disco, some house and a few dirty little groovers in their DJ set, while Magic Dirt frontwoman Adalita and Mary Mihelakos will spin an eclectic mix of forgotten garage classics and local tunes. Wednesday January 24.

Big Scary & Djs Hashish & Liquor

Big Scary will bring the good times – championing the indies, getting cheesy with R&B and making you move with the heroes of soul. Djs Hashish & Liquor – AKA Dave Graney and drummer Clare Moore – are set to give you a taste of infinity and the abyss. Saturday January 27.

Nina Las Vegas & No Zu

Nina Las Vegas’ work ethic, tastemaker status and the inability to tie her to one genre is what makes her one of the most exciting DJs going around. While No Zu mastermind Nic Oogjes will make you dance, sweat and fly your freak flag. What a way to close the festivities. Sunday January 28.

Triennial EXTRA will transform NGV from Friday January 18 until Sunday January 28, open nightly from 6pm. The NGV Triennial runs until Sunday April 15.