Melbourne is a world class music, theatre and performing arts city.
Right now, Melbourne's creative industries are facing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19, with cancellation of shows, tours and festivals.
You can help support the performers you love and discover new talent along the way.
If you have tickets to a show that's been cancelled, consider converting it to credit or a gift voucher, or donating your ticket price to the artist, instead of getting a refund.
Stream a 'virtual' live performance, take a virtual behind-the-scenes tour, buy music online, discover digital downloads and book ahead for small shows and blockbuster performances down the track.
Arts in lockdown
- Take a virtual tour of art at the NGV.
- Live-stream performances from Arts Centre Melbourne.
- Get your daily comedy fix online, when you visit comedyfestival.com.au.
- Watch live Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performances on YouTube.
- Take in a weekly double bill of cinema at ACMI's Virtual Cinémathèque.
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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.
Dress up and be prepared to tap your toes at Australian premiere smash-hit musicals straight from Broadway and the West End. World-class blockbuster productions dazzle audiences throughout the year in the stunning historic theatres of Melbourne's East End Theatre District.