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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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Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage - Melbourne Festival

The Annual China Southern Airlines Concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour Australian...

8 Oct 2016


Robbie Thomson: XFRMR / MESS: Live—Melbourne Festival

Melbourne Exclusive A double bill of light and sound connected by the phenomenon of electricity. In 1891 the genius inventor Nikola Tesla tamed...

13 - 14 Oct 2016


Thank You For Coming: Attendance - Melbourne Festival

Faye Driscoll - USA Melbourne Exclusive A tangle of limbs and torsos swirls and eddies. Lines of energy ripple between bodies as individuals merge...

7 - 10 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...

21 - 22 Oct 2016


Cate Le Bon - Melbourne Festival

The mischievous pop-rock of Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon might nod to the past, but a few bars is all it takes to convince you that she’s...

7 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...

6 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