Festival Program

Highlight Event

Nocturnal: Blak & Bright x MWF

Fri 6 Sep, 7pm
Melbourne Museum

Blak & Bright Festival and MWF team up with Melbourne Museum to present a special Nocturnal event. You’re invited to get loose amongst the exhibits while celebrating fresh First Nations beats and bards. Featuring a full set from hip hop hard-hitter Birdz, interdisciplinary artist DRMNGNOW, and electro-tribal pop duo The Merindas. Dance floor mesmerist Soju Gang and DJ KYAANZ spin tunes throughout the night to keep the party going.


4 hours

Session code




Session Artists

Northern Territory-raised rapper BIRDZ continues to solidify his spot as one of the most exciting acts in the Australian music scene. In 2017, following an emotive Triple J Like A Version performance, the rapper released his debut album ‘Train Of Thought’ to critical acclaim taking out the Best Independent Hip Hop album at the 2018 AIR Awards.

DJ KYAANZ is Kalyani Mumtaz. Ending her stint as the front person of Willow Beats, the electronic pop duo that sold out shows across the country, Mumtaz brings her love of dancing to the decks. DJ KYAANZ seeks to create a fun and inclusive dance floor through a selection of pop, R&B, and First Nations bangers from around the globe.

DRMNGNOW is independent Artist based in Naarm/Birraranga (Melbourne) Neil Morris. His sound and approach, grounded in strong cultural and values fuses a striking interdisciplinary approach to his art as an MC, instrumentalist and poet with a searing decolonial and culturally engrossing message.

No stranger to the Melbourne party scene, Soju Gang is hard to miss, and her DJ flavour hard to resist. She spins a set as powerful and eclectic as her personal style. With deep roots in ’80s and ’90s hip-hop, R&B and everything party, Soju Gang has a hard-hitting presence in the local scene, and is swiftly becoming synonymous with a jam-packed dance floor and a night out so good you won’t remember much.

Melbourne based duo The Merindas are a synthesis of warrior queen, on-trend style of rhythmic, expressive music dedicated to their cultural heritage and unprecedented on the Australian music scene. Accompanied on stage by the mastery of Jake Steele's mixing skills, together they create an atmospheric fusion of Indigenous, electro-tribal pop.

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