MAMA gets ready

14 September 2015

Dean Street will be closed from Kiewa to Olive from 10am to 10pm on Friday 2 October for MAMA's Big Night Out.

MAMA opens to the public at midday on 2 October and the opening night celebrations will start at 5pm.

The celebration will be designed by artistic director Elizabeth Walsh, who is well-known in arts circles and originally from Albury.

Walsh helped establish and directed Tasmania's acclaimed Ten Days on the Island festival, which has been held since 2001, and was connected with the Flying Fruit Fly Circus through the 1980s.

The full program for MAMA's opening celebration will be released in coming weeks, but further details have been revealed…

Albury Entertainment Centre will become a giant canvas when artist Craig Walsh creates projections to turn the foyer into a giant fishbowl containing large, strange fish.

MAMA's Big Night Out will include Strange Fruit, who perform a combination of theatre, dance and circus on top of high swaying poles. Giant snails, an enormous bumble bee and acrobats will fill QEII Square.

MAMA director Jacqui Hemsley said a highlight would be MAMA's "exoskeleton", a special exterior that allows it to exhibit lighting, projection and kinetic art on its outside walls. On opening night, MAMA's art skin will show a sculpture by award-winning artist Matt Harding. AMP Lane will also be "Lit Up" for the first time.

"MAMA will be free to enter but because of the expected demand on opening day people are asked to book a time. Details of how to book will be released soon," Ms Hemsley said.

"I urge people to connect with MAMA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and to subscribe for MAMA updates at mamalbury.com.au/subscribe."

AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack said he was particularly looking forward to seeing three local young singer songwriter musicians, Jessica Drummond, Adam Dwyer and Matt Ortiz perform songs they had produced and recorded with the support of MAMA's Sonic Splendour project. Sonic Splendour is an exhibition of the work of leading music video creator Andrew Pearce.

"MAMA's opening celebrations will draw national attention to our city and I'm really pleased to see that we're featuring young, local artists and musicians as part of the opening," Cr Mack said.