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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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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...

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Malthouse Theatre

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

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.

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...

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...

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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Classical

MSO Plays Shostakovich 5

Visionary conductor Jakub Hrůša returns to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra after continued acclaim across the world for his ‘quite astonishing...

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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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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...

18 Aug 2017
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Opera

Thaïs: Opera in Concert

Prepare to ride every rocky moment in Massenet’s famous rollercoaster of purity, piety and lust. Set in Byzantine, Thaïs by French composer Massenet...

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Plays & musicals

The Merchant Of Venice

Bell Shakespeare brings The Merchant Of Venice to Arts Centre Melbourne. Money makes the world go around. Portia has it. Bassanio wants it. Shylock...

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The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets

A naïve hunter travels to a crossroads in the dead of night to conjure the devil. He’s willing to bargain almost anything in exchange for magic...

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