THE LUME Melbourne at MCEC showcases First Peoples art and culture

Connection, the largest representation of First Peoples art and culture ever assembled, has opened at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

The experience spans more than 3,000m2 with projections four storeys high, and visitors will be able to get up close with more than 500 works from over 110 visual and music artists.

Art, music and performance have long served as storytelling means in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Connection will weave these elements together, and provide an inspired food and beverage offering for an immersive experience.

For corporate event organisers, MCEC offers opportunities to host exclusive events, as well as events on the mezzanine level overlooking the main gallery. MCEC’s culinary experts have also created bespoke breakfast, cocktail and gala dinner menus, drawing inspiration from the experience and showcasing Australian native and locally-grown ingredients. Each dish carries a cultural legacy, and is paired with Indigenous-focused cocktails. The menus extend the experience of the exhibition to incorporate taste and smell, fusing native food in a contemporary menu.

MCEC’s chief executive Natalie O’Brien AM said the Connection experience will build on the success of THE LUME and leave a lasting impression on visitors.

“This partnership is such an exciting opportunity and we have already seen so many visitors enjoying THE LUME Melbourne since its opening in 2021.”

Connection engages visitors with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, culture, music and food on a whole new level and will offer a totally different experience from what visitors have previously seen at Monet & Friends and Van Gogh. The new experience promotes inclusiveness, reconciliation and respect, it’s something that all Australians can be proud to participate in,” she added.

Recently, MCEC has also embarked on a journey to develop its first Reconciliation Action Plan. MCEC has registered with Reconciliation Australia to formalise this Plan and support meaningful action through the core pillars of relationships, respect and opportunities.

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