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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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Art galleries

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Get a fresh perspective. See works by the best international and Australian contemporary artists and attend inspiring workshops and public talks.

Architecture & design

MPavilion

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

Performing arts

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

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...

Performing arts

Hamer Hall

Catch all your favourite local, national and international stars in the plush surrounds of Hamer Hall at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

Art galleries

NGV International

See one of the Southern Hemisphere's most impressive collections of European, Asian, Oceanic and American art at this iconic Melbourne gallery.

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MSO Plays Kats-Chernin

In this third instalment of MSO’s 2017 Chamber Series, the focus is placed squarely on the string quartet. Featuring three works from the MSO’s 2017...

10 Sep 2017

Classical

MSO Plays La Mer

Stravinsky: Scherzo fantastique Debussy: La Mer Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 Otto Tausk: conductor Saleem Ashkar: piano Delve into Stravinsky’s...

30 Sep 2017
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Restaurants

Fatto

Park your Vespa by this bar and cantina for daily deliciousness: contemporary Italian cuisine and fabulous riverside views. Open for lunch and dinner.

Plays & musicals

The Testament of Mary

Years after the crucifixion, young men are hounding the mother of Jesus. The disciples want her to endorse the story they are constructing about her...

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Plays & musicals

The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man

Joseph Merrick, better known as the Elephant Man, is cast out. He survived circus ‘freak shows’ and the revulsion of a gawking public before a young...

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Classical

MSO Plays Schumann 3

Often seen as the ‘king’ of the cello concerto – Dvořák’s Cello Concerto sees Li-Wei Qin return to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, triumphant from...

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