Melbourne Festival

Enjoy everything Melbourne has to offer during this multi-arts festival

Melbourne Festival is basically a festival for Melbourne  – to celebrate and engage residents all over the city. This year the festival will take place from October 8-25.

The festival is a key highlight in Australia’s culture calendar. Some of the finest national and international artists debut their work in dance, theatre, music, visual arts and multimedia.

There are also a variety of free, family and outdoor events. Melbourne festival has also teamed up with several eateries in the CBD to offer special deals on meals. (For more information, head to www.festival.melbourne/festival-info/festival-feasts.)

There are a variety of events to suit everyone. Here are some old (and new) favourites you can expect.

Melbourne Art Trams are once again taking to the tracks. Keep an eye out for the trams that some of Victoria’s top artists have transformed into mobile art installations.

Take part in the free Tanderrum ceremony with elders from the five clans of the Eastern Kulin (Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Dja Dja Wurrung and the Wadawurrung) to celebrate their rich cultural heritage and formally open the 2015 Melbourne Festival. The opening will take place from 6.30pm at Federation Square, on Thursday,  October 8.

From Friday, October 9 until Sunday, October 25, you can view the installation KIRIN Bit.Fall at the Foxtel Festival Hub. KIRIN Bit.Fall uses more than 360 individual valves to release water in precise arrangements, creating an endless stream of words that appear and then instantly disintegrate as they fall. The words will be randomly selected from Twitter posts with the hashtag #KIRIN and #KIRINbitfall.

Discover a strange and ultra-sensory world at The Secret Garden exhibition by Swedish artists Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg. Djurberg and Berg’s work will be premiering in the southern hemisphere for the first time. The exhibition is taking place from Saturday, October 10 until Sunday, October 25 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

For more information about events, visit www.festival.melbourne

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