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Music & performing arts

Whether you're into opera, contemporary dance or live music, stand-up comedy or performance art, Melbourne's cultural calendar is packed with concerts, plays, gigs, festivals and openings to keep you entertained and challenged all year round.

Hooked on classics

Spend a summer night at the Myer Music Bowl with the renowned Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, visit the new Melbourne Recital Centre to hear some of the finest soloists and ensemble groups from around the world, or experience the wonder and intensity of Opera Australia's productions.

Bright lights, big city

Be dazzled by circus and cabaret, and laugh it up at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – one of the largest of comedy festivals in the world. Celebrate music and performing arts in all its forms in October, at the Melbourne International Arts Festival or uncover new talent at the Fringe.

Get amongst it

Famous for its vast and eclectic music scene, Melbourne boasts a stunning array of pubs, clubs and concert venues pumping out live music all through the week. Hit the town and catch everything from rock, indie and electro to country, jazz, swing and blues by local heroes and international performers.

Body and movement

Discover dance that intrigues and delights, from the internationally acclaimed Australian Ballet to contemporary companies like Lucy Guerin Inc and Chunky Move that specialise in modern and experimental performance.

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Comedy

Have a laugh at Melbourne's annual international comedy festival and see funny folk in comedy clubs.

Theatre and musicals

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

The Australian Ballet

Founded in 1962, The Australian Ballet is one of the country's flagship arts companies. Each year...

Live music

Melbourne features an ever-changing number of clubs, bars and live music venues.

Jazz clubs

From big bands to sultry soloists, Melbourne has a brilliantly diverse jazz scene.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Established in 1906, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is Australia’s oldest professional...

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