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Music & performing arts

Whether you're into opera, contemporary dance or live music, stand-up comedy or performance art, Melbourne's cultural calendar is packed with concerts, plays, gigs, festivals and openings to keep you entertained and challenged all year round.

Hooked on classics

Spend a summer night at the Myer Music Bowl with the renowned Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, visit the new Melbourne Recital Centre to hear some of the finest soloists and ensemble groups from around the world, or experience the wonder and intensity of Opera Australia's productions.

Bright lights, big city

Be dazzled by circus and cabaret, and laugh it up at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – one of the largest of comedy festivals in the world. Celebrate music and performing arts in all its forms in October, at the Melbourne International Arts Festival or uncover new talent at the Fringe.

Get amongst it

Famous for its vast and eclectic music scene, Melbourne boasts a stunning array of pubs, clubs and concert venues pumping out live music all through the week. Hit the town and catch everything from rock, indie and electro to country, jazz, swing and blues by local heroes and international performers.

Body and movement

Discover dance that intrigues and delights, from the internationally acclaimed Australian Ballet to contemporary companies like Lucy Guerin Inc and Chunky Move that specialise in modern and experimental performance.

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Theatre, comedy & dance

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Comedy

Have a laugh at Melbourne's annual international comedy festival or duck into city and country comedy venues year-round for side-splitting surprises.

Art & culture

Theatre and musicals

See the big names of the stage in blockbuster productions at historic theatres, or catch new local talent on tiny stages in edgy theatres.

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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Music & performing arts

Theatre & performing arts

Midsumma Festival

Move your feet at Melbourne's annual queer celebration with outdoor parties and city-wide cultural events, and show your pride at the closing march.

Plays & musicals

Ladies in Black

From the director of North by Northwest, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and The Drowsy Chaperone comes a musical production like no other, based on...

Comedy

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Laugh, chortle, giggle and snort at everything from wry young hipsters and slapstick heroes to musical comedy and good ol’ timey cabaret stars.

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Get some drama in your life with the cutting-edge artworks, symphonies, ballets and emerging thespians stuffed inside Melbourne's bulging arts pocket.

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Music festivals

Melbourne and Victoria dance all year with music festivals celebrating rock, alternative, techno, folk, jazz and all types of music and performance.

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Theatre and musicals

See the big names of the stage in blockbuster productions at historic theatres, or catch new local talent on tiny stages in edgy theatres.