Melbourne Festival is an innovative festival highlighting the rich culture of the arts that exist within the Melbourne lifestyle.
Watch various performances of dance, theatre, circus, music, visual arts, multimedia, as well as free outdoor events will be held across several venues across the city. First established in 1986, the festival was created to carry the transformational nature that exists within arts and culture and the positive change it has on individuals.
Highlights this year include
David Bowie: Nothing has changed | October 15 – 17
Paying tribute to the starman, musical artists will perform his music in their own unique styles, accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
M Pavillion | October 5 – February 18
Commissioning a world-leading architect to design a temporary garden pavilion for Melbourne, this year’s space is designed by influential Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai. Watch a free program of talks, performances, debates in this unique experimental space. Program released September.
Triptyque | October 6 – 9
Canada’s Les 7 Doigts (The 7 Fingers) straddle the gap between circus and dance to take you where neither can alone. Now, for the first time in the company’s history, a trio of outside choreographers from the top of the dance world have been invited to reimagine the collision of these forms.
The Home Within | October 6 – 23
For the first time in Melbourne, experience the bewitching work of Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota. Step inside a structure that combines the weight of architecture and the ephemerality of organic life. Weblike lines of textured red string pulse like a billion veins, but en masse they form walls as straight and solid as a slide-rule.
Tanderrum | October 5
Opening the festival for the past four years, Tanderrum acknowledges the lore of the creator spirit Bunjil and pay respects to the vibrant living culture of this country. Kulin Tanderrum (ceremony) is the meeting of the five clans of the Kulin Nation: Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Dja Dja Wurrung and Wadawurrung, and your invitation to join them on this land.
When: October 6 – 23
Where: Various venues across Melbourne