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Melbourne Arts Festival

Celebrating 30 years of arts and culture, the Melbourne Festival returns to our city from 8-25 October. With a program filled with  dance, theatre, music, circus, visual arts, multimedia, outdoor and free events there is something for everyone.

Some of our top picks include:

Melbourne Art Trams

Melbourne artists will showcase their art on Melbourne’s iconic trams. Now in its third year, Melbourne Art Trams is a vibrant celebration of a vehicle that has become an emblem of Australia’s premier arts city.

“This year’s creative focus was conceived in association with MPavilion. We invited artists to take inspiration from Melbourne’s architectural landscape and design a tram that responds to how design and architecture define the character of the city.”

Patti Smith’s Horses

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Patti Smith’s iconic debut album Horses, four of Australia’s best rock artists—Courtney Barnett,Jen Cloher, founding Magic Dirt member Adalita and The Drones lead man Gareth Liddiard will perform the album in it’s entirety.

Artists in Conversation: Clint Mansell

Sun 11 October, 4pm

“Legendary film score composer Clint Mansell discusses the challenges of creating soundtracks for films such as Requiem for a Dream, Noah, Moon and Black Swan.”


This pop-up pavilion will be set up in the Queen Victoria Gardens and will bring together a series of creatives for  a four month program of free talks, workshops and performances.

The Secret Garden

Sat 10 October—Sun 22 November

Appearing for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere, The Secret Garden will open up a netherwold of strange delights and encounters. Created by  by Swedish artists Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, their immersive experience is one not to be missed.


Fri 16 October – Mon 19 October

“Desdemona is the most fiery angel in Shakespeare’s creation—a radiant and radical woman of independence, courage, and love. She is now given an astonishing and provocative further voice by Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, who reveals secrets in Othello that will change forever our reading of the play.”

When: 8-25 October

Where: Various venues across Melbourne

Visit the website here.