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Art, theatre & culture

Scratch the surface in Melbourne and you'll discover a city buzzing with dynamic and cutting-edge arts and culture. Head to the Southbank precinct – where the The Arts Centre, MTC, Malthouse, Recital Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria form Melbourne's beating cultural heart. At Federation Square, where art meets architecture, watch inspiring audio visual shows at ACMI, see the collection at the Ian Potter Centre, or catch a recital at The Edge theatre. Inside and out, you'll discover the innovation and skill of local artists and designers at hole-in-the-wall galleries and theatres across the city.


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Melbourne Festival

5 - 23 October

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Grant-Lee Phillips - Melbourne Festival

Melbourne Exclusive For more than 25 years Grant-Lee Phillips has been a river running through the American music landscape. From his seminal 90s...

Until 22 Oct 2016


Joshua Redman / Brad Mehldau Duo - Melbourne Festival

Saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau first worked together in the early 90s, when the jazz world was yet to be knocked over by their...

Until 22 Oct 2016

Theatre & performing arts

Haircuts by Children - Melbourne Festival

Conceived by Darren O'Donnell If you have ever looked at modern art and thought 'my kid could do that,' it is time to put yourself to the test. Take...

22 Oct 2016
23 Oct 2016


Collisions: Lynette Wallworth - Melbourne Festival

Nyarri Nyarri Morgan’s first contact with Western culture came when he witnessed an atomic explosion in the South Australian desert. Half a century...

Until 23 Oct 2016

Plays & musicals

The Money - Melbourne Festival

Kaleider Australian Exclusive You sit at a table. As a Benefactor, you’ve paid for the privilege. Others watch on as Silent Witnesses, but it is the...

21 Oct 2016
22 Oct 2016
23 Oct 2016


Our Place, Our Home - Melbourne Festival

Closing Event The culminating moments of the 2016 Melbourne Festival will be a celebration of diversity—a fitting bookend to our opening ceremony...

23 Oct 2016

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Art, theatre & culture

Art galleries

Make your way around 100-plus galleries, from large institutions to small cooperatives.


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Theatre and musicals

From big budget musicals to independent performances, discover Melbourne's thriving theatre scene.

Music and performing arts

Go out any night to indulge in Melbourne's opera, ballet, comedy, live music, plays, and openings.

Public art

Walk through city streets, laneways, and squares to take in the city's notorious public artworks.

Architecture and design

Keep your eyes peeled for historic and modern architecture and design.

Aboriginal Victoria

Take a heritage walk and visit cultural centres, galleries and museums in and around Melbourne.





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Art, theatre & culture