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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

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...

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.

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...

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

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.

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MSO Plays Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Mozart was a true musical genius. From the age of five until his untimely death at just 35, the prolific Austrian composer achieved a catalogue of...

14 Jul 2017

Plays & musicals

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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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
2 Oct 2017

Classical

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

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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Classical

MSO Plays Ravel

Mozart was about to hit the road, when he wrote his Symphony No. 34. He was sick of his home town, Salzburg and had a bright future waiting for him...

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