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Family-friendly program at Now or Never Festival

Melbourne is set to host the new Now or Never Festival, a 17-day event running from 17 August until 2 September 2023. The festival will showcase art trails, sculptural illuminations, projections, a pop-up dome cinema, and loads of family-friendly fun.

With more than 70 groundbreaking music performances, immersive digital art installations and daytime talks, Now or Never’s cutting-edge program will explore possibilities found where art and technology converge.


Now or Never Festival family-friendly program highlights include:

Family-friendly program at Now or Never Festival
Image: Melbourne Conversations x Experimenta Social Portrait Event

Art Trail

Stretching 1.2km along the Docklands promenade, this luminous outdoor gallery, curated by Experimenta, blurs the lines between the physical and digital realms. Visionary Australian and international artists’ works will inspire curiosity, from friendly AI-generated monsters to an epic light beam reaching towards eternity, inviting contemplation of our place in the future.

Date: 17 – 20 August 2023
Time: 5.30 pm – 10.30 pm
Location: Victoria Harbour Promenade Docklands
Price: free

Family-friendly program at Now or Never Festival
Image: Tilt, produced by Melbourne Planetarium, Museums Victoria


Experience Neversphere at the Melbourne Museum Plaza, a 360° screen wraps the curved interior walls of this pop-up planetarium. Recline on beanbags and enjoy this larger-than-life program of films. 

Family-friendly films include: Carriberrie, Solar System: A Wonderful Journey, Tilt, On the Blue Planet, Phantom of the Universe, Neversphere, Treasures of the Universe, Starlight, SEEING!, Capturing the Cosmos, Amazing Planet, Art Universe and Labyrinth + Samskara

Date: 18 August – 1 September 2023
Time: various times
Location: Melbourne Museum Plaza, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton
Price: $15


Family-friendly program at Now or Never Festival
Image: Melbourne Museum - Exhibition and Science Week

Science on Show

Celebrate National Science Week with an exciting scientific adventure for your budding scientists. Join Melbourne Museum for fascinating talks, tours, activities, and exhibitions, where brilliant minds will enlighten you about ancient fossils, underwater marvels, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Witness unique displays of rare species and engage in hands-on encounters with endangered creatures. Unleash your creativity by crafting your own Marvellous Megafauna World or Triceratops Mask.

Date: Sunday 20 August 2023
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Location: Melbourne Museum
Price: free with Museum entry

Family-friendly program at Now or Never Festival
Image: SACRA: László Bordos

SACRA: László Bordos

Don’t miss the world premiere of SACRA: by László Bordos at the Shrine of Remembrance. This immersive artwork reshapes the monument’s significance through time with 3D video mapping and breathtaking projections. Created by renowned artist Laszlo Bordos, SACRA pays homage to our past with stunning illuminations and bespoke sound design by Ondřej Skála.

Date: 1 – 2 September 2023 
Time: 6.30 pm – 10.30 pm
SACRA is unveiled every 30 minutes from 6.30 pm, with the final show commencing at 10.30 pm.
Location: Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne
Price: free


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