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Art, theatre & culture

Scratch the surface in Melbourne and you'll discover a city buzzing with dynamic and cutting-edge arts and culture. Head to the Southbank precinct – where the The Arts Centre, MTC, Malthouse, Recital Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria form Melbourne's beating cultural heart. At Federation Square, where art meets architecture, watch inspiring audio visual shows at ACMI, see the collection at the Ian Potter Centre, or catch a recital at The Edge theatre. Inside and out, you'll discover the innovation and skill of local artists and designers at hole-in-the-wall galleries and theatres across the city.


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Melbourne Festival

5 - 23 October

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Theatre & performing arts

The Echo of the Shadow - Melbourne Festival

Teatro De Los Sentidos Australian Exclusive Director Enrique Vargas Dramaturgy Enrique Vargas and Teatro De Los Sentidos What would you do to...

6 - 23 Oct 2016


Cyborg Pianist: Zubin Kanga—Melbourne Festival

Acclaimed as Australia’s pre-eminent exponent of contemporary repertoire, London-based pianist Zubin Kanga is one of the most compelling figures in...

11 - 12 Oct 2016


The Secret Noise - Melbourne Festival

Ensemble Offspring Concept And Composition Damien Ricketson There are sounds that exist on the other side of silence: music that has been...

14 - 15 Oct 2016

Plays & musicals

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour - Melbourne Festival

National Theatre Of Scotland and Live Theatre Australian Exclusive Six Catholic schoolgirls travel to Edinburgh for a choral competition, but these...

6 - 22 Oct 2016

Plays & musicals

887 - Melbourne Festival

EX MACHINA / Robert Lepage Australian exclusive. Writer, designer, director and performer: Robert Lepage One of the world’s greatest theatremakers...

19 - 22 Oct 2016


Collisions: Lynette Wallworth - Melbourne Festival

Nyarri Nyarri Morgan’s first contact with Western culture came when he witnessed an atomic explosion in the South Australian desert. Half a century...

6 - 23 Oct 2016

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Art, theatre & culture

Art galleries

Make your way around 100-plus galleries, from large institutions to small cooperatives.


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Theatre and musicals

From big budget musicals to independent performances, discover Melbourne's thriving theatre scene.

Music and performing arts

Go out any night to indulge in Melbourne's opera, ballet, comedy, live music, plays, and openings.

Public art

Walk through city streets, laneways, and squares to take in the city's notorious public artworks.

Architecture and design

Keep your eyes peeled for historic and modern architecture and design.

Aboriginal Victoria

Take a heritage walk and visit cultural centres, galleries and museums in and around Melbourne.





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Art, theatre & culture