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NGV Gala & Summer Art Series

Video: Natalie Portman visits Melbourne for the NGV Gala

Explore exclusive exhibitions

While the NGV Gala is all about fashion and fun, it doesn’t forget about its artful roots. The black-tie event treats its guests to exclusive exhibition openings, like the significant House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture and the surrealist genius of Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds

Enjoy all-night entertainment

The black-tie NGV Gala is about more than the art on the walls; it’s also about art you can touch, hear and feel. The entire evening is packed with entertainment, with Australian singer Troye Sivan headlining the 2018 event. Think DJ sets and intriguing performances create a buzzing, high-energy atmosphere. In addition, the red carpet is rolled out for celebrity appearances, which have included big names like Nicole Kidman, Elizabeth Olsen, Natalie Portman and Poppy Delevingne.

Dine among the art

The NGV Gala dinner guests can expect a meal that’s both delicious and out of the ordinary. In 2018, Melbourne-based chef Andrew McConnell presented a modern menu that showcased the city’s culinary flare and mirrored the grandeur of the night’s art exhibition. Diners are served three exquisite courses at tables set within the European historic gallery spaces, with each course celebrating local ingredients.

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