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Art, theatre & culture

Indulge in Victoria's ever-expanding arts and culture scene in venues across the state. From theatre shows and live music to comedy clubs, museums, galleries and festivals, Victoria is a region in love with the arts. 

Big nights

Head out any day of the week and enjoy a night of live music or performing arts. There's always a gig, comedy hour, or theatre show taking place in performance spaces, band rooms and theatres across Victoria. Discover the next big thing at a local music venue, see theatrical blockbusters in all their glory, or catch stage productions and concerts at regional cabaret halls.

New blood and old masters

See everything from contemporary works by Australian and international artists to classic pieces by European masters at public and private galleries. Visit independent galleries and artist-run spaces to talk to the artists and get the inside story on Australia's arts scene.

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Melbourne Festival

5 - 23 October

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Contemporary

Julianna Barwick - Melbourne Festival

Even in her earliest self-released recordings, it was obvious that the angelic harmonies of Brooklyn-based composer and vocalist Julianna Barwick...

12 - 14 Oct 2016

Contemporary

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

Plays & musicals

Lady Eats Apple - Melbourne Festival

Back to Back Theatre World Premier Director: Bruce Gladwin Devisors and Performers: Mark Deans, Simon Laherty, Romany Latham, Brian Lipson, Sarah...

8 - 12 Oct 2016

Classical

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage - Melbourne Festival

The Annual China Southern Airlines Concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour Australian...

8 Oct 2016

Opera

La Belle et La Bête - Melbourne Festival

Performed live by the Philip Glass Ensemble Melbourne Exclusive Music Philip Glass Film Jean Cocteau Conductor Michael Riesman The spellbinding...

7 - 8 Oct 2016

Music

Ancient Rain - Melbourne Festival

Paul Kelly & Camille O'Sullivan with Feargal Murray Director: Chris Drummond World Premier The words of great Irish poets are given new breath in...

12 - 15 Oct 2016
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