Melbourne paints the town red for AIDS

The 20th International AIDS conference rolls into Melbourne next week. To show off our city and support for the cause, we’ve pulled out all stops with a spectacular cultural program of over 150 events.

So don your winter woollies, come into the city and immerse yourself in projections, street art, topical talks, theatre and exhibitions. With big names like Bill Clinton and Sir Bob Geldoff in town, you may even spot a celebrity!

Here’s a snapshot of the Australian Cultural Program – AIDS 2014.

Light projection on Hamer Hall, featuring colourful blocks of light.

Honouring the past, hope for the future

Honouring the past, hope for the future – 18 to 21 July
The façade of Hamer Hall will light up with a unique series of artwork projections created by artists from Melbourne and our six sister cities (Thessaloniki, St Petersburg, Osaka, Tianjin, Boston and Milan).

Paint the Town Red – 17 to 25 July
As dusk falls over Melbourne, more than 50 buildings and public spaces will light up in red, including the Arts Centre spire, Eureka Tower and the Melbourne Town Hall.

Melbourne city skyline at night with the Arts Centre spire lit up red.

The Arts Centre spire will light up as part of Paint the Town Red

Melbourne Conversations: stories on the road to a cure  – 24 July
Join local and international activists and scientists as they tell stories that put a face to the grief, hope, triumphs and quandaries that are the story of AIDS.

Hex – 18 to 22 July
A series of choreographed vignettes explore club-dance styles (disco, jazz, rave and vogueing) that coincide with the timeline of the Western HIV and AIDS epidemic.

Three dancers forming 'vogue' positions in a white room

Hex

Paint the town read! – 21 to 25 July
Engage with local artists, storytellers, authors, poets and performers as they discuss gender inequality and discrimination in its many forms.

Out of the closets, into the streets – 22 to 26 July
See an extraordinary range of photographic works from the gay liberation movement in Australia.

Archival black and white image of a crowd standing around a policeman.

Out of the closets, into the streets

AIDS 2014 candlelight vigil – 22 July
Come together to remember the 35 million people lost to HIV and AIDS-related causes.

Find out what else is on as part of the Australian Cultural Program – AIDS 2014.