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Produced by Melbourne Festival and Multicultural Arts Victoria in association with Playking Foundation

Grobak Padi (Australia/Indonesia)


Agung Gunawan and Tony Yap (photographs by Edwin Roseno)

AN INTIMATE EXCHANGE BETWEEN CULTURES AND CITIES THROUGH A MULTIMEDIA FUSION OF FOOD, FILM AND DANCE, GROBAK PADI IS A LITTLE PIECE OF JAVA MANIFESTED IN THE HEART OF MELBOURNE.

Wed 17- Sun 21 Oct

Media Release (English) | Media Release (Indonesian) | Program

Performance - FOXTEL Festival Hub
Wed - Sun at 9.15pm
20min no interval - FREE

Food Carts - Melbourne CBD, various locations
12pm - 2pm & 5pm - 7pm & 8.30- 10.30 pm Food purchased at menu prices
Check melbournefestival.com.au for more details

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Grobak Padi

For five days of the Festival, a delegation of gerobak food carts from the Indonesian city of Jogjakarta wend their way through Melbourne, bringing the flavours and culture of Java's bustling street scene directly to our CBD.

Based at the vibrant Foxtel Festival Hub, grobak Padi brings together free multimedia art installations and contemporary dance with authentic Javanese street food - sold at modest prices - creating a cross-cultural dining experience like no other.

Like a staple diet for the soul, the rice of the padi field symbolises a way of life in Indonesia. Its humble sustenance reminds us to say thank you for the abundance we already have. While several gerobaks remain at the Festival Hub displaying video art inspired by the padi, others set out across the city, dispensing delicious Indonesian food. As they serve the hungry people of Melbourne, the carts show live video of gerobaks plying their trade in Jogjakarta, fostering an amicable culinary and cultural bond across the Timor Sea.

After sunset, the roving carts return to the Hub to serve up a free outdoor event featuring accomplished dancers Agung Gunawan and Tony Yap, with video-art by Michael Hornblow, transforming the space through the imagery, sound and movement of Indonesian life.

A deliciously cross-cultural performance piece, grobak Padi provides a unique opportunity to discover an ancient culinary tradition first-hand, and to experience the spirit that lies at the heart of today's Indonesia.


Grobak Padi @ Melbourne Festival (trailer)

Produced & Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria
Devised by Michael Hornblow, Tony Yap/tyc & Agung Gunawan
Choreographed & Performed by Tony Yap, Agung Gunawan
Creative Producer & Video Installation Artist Michael Hornblow
Music Rene Lysloff, Noe Sakana, Memet Chairul Slamet
Cooks Indonesian Community of Melbourne
Liaison Lela McGregor
Melbourne Technical Producers Cake Industries
Indonesian Production Managers Bimo Suryojati and Altiyanto Henryawan

Produced and presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria

             

Supporters

Supported by City of Melbourne, Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, Australia-Indonesia Institute, Performance Klub (Yogjakarta) and Federation Square.

                   

         

Multicultural Arts Victoria is proudly supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, City of Port Phillip and the City of Melbourne