Opening today and running until June 19, Melbourne's twice-cancelled Rising festival will finally meet its audience, who are invited to "get lost, go deep and shake loose" amid 225 events featuring 801 local and international artists at a range of indoor and outdoor venues. A highlight attraction is "The Wilds" at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, which will see the Bowl transformed with giant inflatables, projections and soundscapes, and ice skating, a swag of fine food options and a 120-voice nocturnal choir also on offer. www.rising.melbourne
Victoria St Alive!'s MSIR Artists Exhibition opens on Friday, featuring photography, painting, poetry and handiworks from users of the medically supervised injecting room. 313 Victoria St, Abbotsford (ground floor, The Hive shopping centre), 11am-6pm daily.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musician Jessie Lloyd will be joined on stage by Torres Strait songwomen and a six-piece band for the launch of the 'Ailan (island) Songs' album at a free 30th anniversary Mabo Day concert at Fed Square on Friday. The contemporised Torres Strait folk songs, "bring together ancient languages and historical events with tropical island reggae grooves". Friday 6.15-7pm, bookings: https://whatson.melbourne.vic.gov.au.
Make your own bucket hat in this two-day sewing workshop with fashion designer and pattern maker Jack Hancock from Abbotsford Convent "collaborative design collective" The System. Saturday and Sunday 1-5pm. $140 Bookings: thesystem.com.au
Sommelier Antony Anderson will deepen participants' knowledge of wine over a wine-themed trivia session. Free entry, food and wine available from the bar. Sunday 3pm. Life's Too Short Bar. Bookings: lifestooshortbar.com.au/
Artist Jaq Grantford and composer Andrew Batterham present an exhibition exploring all that is human via a collaboration between art and music. Bring headphones, a smartphone to scan QR codes and a cushion. Friday, May 27 to Sunday, June 19. Opening event on Sunday, 2-4pm. Yarra Sculpture Gallery, 117 Vere St, Abbotsford.
Audiences are invited into "a deep listening, centring experience" at "mirror image" dusk chamber music programs presented by ANAM on Friday and Saturday evening. Featuring a duet and quintet (violin, viola and cello) together with "a sonic meditation", the performances combine classical with more contemporary music. Friday and Saturday 5.30pm, $25. Bookings: anam.com.au
Friday - Dream on Dreamer Farewell Tour with Special Guests; Saturday - Kids In The Kitchen with Cattletruck + DJ Tricky.
Thursday - Blackburn or Bust! Jazz and Blues; Friday - Crossbones Boogie and Marcelle; Saturday - Dan Dinnen & Shorty (Blues).
Friday - Soren: 'The Perfect Place To Hide' Live Higher Places and Clover Blue; Saturday - Sledgehammer Honey - One More Weekend & Bitch Eyes.
Thursday - Unpaved songwriter sessions; Friday - Perolas with special guest Alethia (8pm); Late Night Laughs with George Dimarelos (11pm); Saturday - Dave Wright & the Midnight Ramblers with Duncan Phillips.
Sunday - Stingo Blues Club - 4.30pm blues jam, 6pm Chris Hanger, resident band The Blow Out.