A Sunbury Day Out…

Crowd at Sunbury Festival 1972. Photographer unknown. Arts Centre Melbourne, Performing Arts Collection

While the sun’s still shining come in and see our new exhibition, ‘A Sunbury Day Out’ – an exhibition celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the legendary Sunbury Music Festival – with a nod to the 20th Anniversary of the Big Day Out.

Proof for 'How To Get There' advertisement. Arts Centre Melbourne, Performing Arts Collection

Promoted as ‘Bigger than Big’, the original Sunbury Music Festival, held over the Australia Day long weekend in 1972, attracted thousands of festival goers from around the country – from laid back hippies to hard core rock ‘n’ roll fans. An annual festival from 1972-1975, Sunbury has iconic status in the history of Australian music and was perhaps the closest thing we had to an Australian Woodstock als well as a spiritual precursor to the Big Day Out.

Much of the material on display has been drawn for the Performing Arts Collection’s  Sunbury Music Festival Collection which evokes the spirit of this significant event through a comprehensive range of material including colour photographs, slides, planning documents, correspondence, payment schedules, design layouts and merchandise. The collection was donated to the Performing Arts Collection festival organiser, John Fowler in 1993 and since that time has become one of our most highly accessed collections. Come in and find out why…

A Sunbury Day Out
St Kilda Rd Foyer Gallery
25 February – 27 May, 2012

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Performing Arts Collection

Arts Centre Melbourne's Performing Arts Collection is the national leader among specialist performing arts collections in Australia. Established in 1975, it is formally recognised as a State collection and encompasses the history of circus, dance, music, opera and theatre. The Collection features over 640,000 items including costumes, designs, photographs, set models, puppets, props, posters, programs and archives.

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