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Get some drama in your life with the international artworks, soaring symphonies, classical ballet, conceptual art and emerging thespians that are stuffed inside Melbourne's bulging arts pocket.

A journey of artistic discovery

Make your way along the Yarra River's south bank to St Kilda Road and begin your exploration of the arts precinct. Catch a premiering performance at the Arts Centre or international ballet stars in big-name productions at the home of the Australian Ballet. Take in blockbuster art at NGV International, and see the artists of the future in training at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Wander further south to the astonishing home of the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Melbourne Theatre Company, which acts as an artistic bridge over to the boundary-pushing Malthouse Theatre and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), where innovation is relentlessly pursued.

Impressive inside and out

It's what's inside that counts, but in Melbourne's arts precinct the exterior is pretty important, too. Stroll around before your performance begins and witness the iconic Arts Centre spire, the NGV's famed waterwall, the honeycomb façade of the recital centre, the glowing tubes adorning the theatre company, and the rusty box that is ACCA.

The extras

You'll find no shortage of bars and restaurants around the arts precinct for pre- and post-viewing replenishing, and the opportunities inside the venues for refreshments are worthwhile, too.

Explore the area on Sundays and take time to snap up a few handmade artworks of your own at the Arts Centre Market, along the footpaths at the eastern end of the riverbank.

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Architecture & design

MPavilion

Initiated by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation with support from City of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government, every year for four years an...

Performing arts

Malthouse Theatre

Encounter endless possibilities presented by an inspired program of contemporary theatre in a cherished building, plus refreshments pre and post-show.

Performing arts

Arts Centre Melbourne

See local and international performances and exhibitions at Melbourne's home of performing arts. Take a tour and browse the Sunday arts and craft market.

Art galleries

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Get a fresh perspective. See works by the best international and Australian contemporary artists and attend inspiring workshops and public talks.

Performing arts

Melbourne Recital Centre

Listen to the best local and international performers at this outstanding, purpose-built recital hall in the heart of the Southbank arts precinct.

Performing arts

Hamer Hall

Catch all your favourite local, national and international stars in the plush surrounds of Hamer Hall at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

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Viktor&Rolf for Kids

In October 2016, NGV Kids will present a new large-scale exhibition by renowned luxury designers Viktor and Rolf, especially for children and...

Until 26 Feb 2017

Art & exhibitions

White Night

Dusk til dawn, enjoy over 80 free events celebrating music, food, film, art and light. Discover an all-night wonderland for everyone to explore.

18 Feb 2017 (dates to be confirmed)
19 Feb 2017 (dates to be confirmed)

Exhibitions

David Hockney: Current

The NGV presents a major solo exhibition of one of the most influential living artists, David Hockney: Current. The exhibition, curated by the NGV in...

Until 13 Mar 2017

Opera

The Melbourne Ring Cycle

Opera Australia's largest and most ambitious production returns to Melbourne in 2016. Wagner's Ring Cycle, directed by Neil Armfield and conducted by...

5 Dec 2016
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12 Dec 2016

Makers markets

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

Every Sunday local artisans fill Arts Centre Melbourne's lawn to showcase their unique, handmade goods ranging from arts and crafts to freshly made...

4 Dec 2016
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Plays & musicals

The Odd Couple

Everything’s set for the regular poker game at Oscar’s place, but where’s Felix? He’s never late. A call to his wife reveals that she and Felix have...

Until 17 Dec 2016
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