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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 Southbank Theatre, home of the Melbourne Theatre Company, and to the Melbourne Recital Centre, 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 to see the iconic Arts Centre spire, the NGV's famed waterwall, the Recital Centre's honeycomb façade, the glowing tubes adorning Southbank Theatre, and ACCA's distinctive rusty steel exterior.

The extras

You'll find no shortage of bars and restaurants in venues and around the arts precinct, ideal for pre- and post-show refreshments and recaps.

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

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Plays & musicals

Julius Caesar

Brutus is suspicious. Cassius is conspiring. Caesar’s days are numbered. Loved by the people, Caesar’s power is growing – which is dangerous if you...

18 Jun 2018
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Plays & musicals

Trustees

Political theatre outlaws Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin of Belarus Free Theatre have conceived an explosive new work with five extraordinary...

28 Sep 2018
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2 Oct 2018

Classical

Bach Suites

Full of jubilation and the sheer splendour of sound, Bach's suites are among his most uplifting music. This celebration of Bach includes the third...

25 Nov 2018

Classical

Mozart & The Classical Age

Three great Classical composers, Haydn, Kraus and Mozart, come together for this program. Piano virtuoso Anna Goldsworthy joins the orchestra for two...

24 Jun 2018

Dance

The Australian Ballet presents Giselle

First love, betrayal, heartache and forgiveness. We’ve all been through them, and that’s what makes Giselle resonate so deeply in our hearts. This...

30 Aug 2018
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Plays & musicals

Bliss

For Harry Joy, dying was the first in a series of twisted inconveniences. After a heart attack at age 38, the successful Ad Man awakens to a perverse...

Until 2 Jun 2018
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Performing arts

Melbourne Theatre Company

Be entertained, challenged and enriched by the MTC's consistently excellent program of classic and contemporary Australian and international theatre.

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.

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...

Art galleries

NGV International

See one of the most impressive collections of European, Asian, Oceanic and American art at this iconic Melbourne gallery.

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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