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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 Southbank Theatre, home of the Melbourne Theatre Company, and to the Melbourne Recital Centre, 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 to see the iconic Arts Centre spire, the NGV's famed waterwall, the Recital Centre's honeycomb façade, the glowing tubes adorning Southbank Theatre, and ACCA's distinctive rusty steel exterior.

The extras

You'll find no shortage of bars and restaurants in venues and around the arts precinct, ideal for pre- and post-show refreshments and recaps.

Explore the area on Sundays to snap up a few handmade artworks of your own at the Arts Centre Market located along the footpaths at the eastern end of the riverbank.

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Plays & musicals

Blasted

A gin-swigging journalist and his young lover check into an anonymous hotel room. When a soldier and a war zone explode through the bathroom window,...

24 Aug - 16 Sep 2018

Classical

España! at Melbourne Recital Centre

Christoph Denoth is one of the world’s finest guitarists. In his Australian debut, Christoph joins MCO for a passionate celebration of life, love,...

9 Sep 2018

Opera

La Bohème

The way that first love grabs hold and floods you with something you’ve never felt before. The fire that burns the first time jealousy flares. The...

7 Nov 2018
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12 Nov 2018
14 Nov 2018

Plays & musicals

The Architect

Hiring a temporary carer requires some serious vetting. When Helen’s partner John heads off on a brief overseas trip she takes in a dubious young...

27 Sep - 31 Oct 2018

Plays & musicals

Twelfth Night

This exquisite comedy is a timeless masterpiece, bursting at the seams with passion and music. Yet it starts with a twin sister and brother...

12 Nov - 29 Dec 2018

Plays & musicals

Julius Caesar

Brutus is suspicious. Cassius is conspiring. Caesar’s days are numbered. Loved by the people, Caesar’s power is growing – which is dangerous if you...

18 Jun 2018
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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

Malthouse Theatre

Encounter endless possibilities presented by an inspired program of contemporary theatre in a cherished building, plus refreshments pre and post-show.

Museums

Australian Music Vault

Created by Arts Centre Melbourne in collaboration with the music industry, the Australian Music Vault is a celebration of Australian contemporary...

Art galleries

ACCA

See works by the best contemporary artists and attend inspiring workshops and public talks at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Performing arts

Melbourne Recital Centre

Listen to the best local and international performers at this outstanding, purpose-built recital hall in the heart of the Southbank arts precinct.

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...

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