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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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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


See works by the best contemporary artists and attend inspiring workshops and public talks at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Performing arts

The Australian Ballet

Founded in 1962, The Australian Ballet is one of the country's flagship arts companies. Each year the company performs classical and contemporary...

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

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Established in 1906, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is Australia’s oldest professional orchestra. Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis has been...

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.


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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...

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Bistro Guillaume

Southbank becomes Rive Gauche as you prop up Guillaume's bar with a glass of Champagne or peruse a tight menu of French classics and wine.


French Arias at Melbourne Recital Centre

The second half of the nineteenth century saw an extraordinary flowering in French music. Composers including Chausson, Debussy and Fauré transported...

20 May 2018

Plays & musicals


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...

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Left Bank Melbourne

As Melbourne’s most exciting cocktail, bar and dining destination with uninterrupted views of the Yarra and city skyline, there is no other choice...



Three ominous chords ring out of the orchestra pit and the mood is set. On stage, the soaring marble columns are brilliant with light, but somewhere...

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