Melbourne International Arts Festival

The Melbourne International Arts Festival is one of the premiere festivals in Australia and around the world.

It is a showcase of the different forms of arts from renowned and upcoming local and international artists and companies.

This festival brings out the best of the best – from dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events.

Exclusively debuting and premiering some of the finest artists and companies in the local and international scene, the Melbourne International Arts Festival is a must-see annual event.

It is a 16-day feast of diverse arts that will give you the best artistic experience.

Melbourne International Arts Festival: The Details

Name: Melbourne International Art Festival
Date: 8 October – 24 October, 2010

Melbourne International Arts Festival: Dance

danceMichael Clark’s “Come, Been and Gone” is a combination of classical ballet, modern dance, and rock music. Dancing to the tune of the legendary David Bowie and other musical influences, Michael Clark also collaborates with bands, fashion designers, and visual artists.

This production was a huge hit in last year’s Edinburgh Festival and it received some rave reviews. The Observer (UK) says, “An outrageously gorgeous piece of modern dance,” while The Independent on Sunday (UK) says, “There is no dancer-choreographer alive who so naturally treads the line between the rigour of classical dance and the reckless glamour of rock and fashion.”

It is set to make its Australian debut this October, so you should brace yourself for an exhilarating visual experience.

Melbourne International Arts Festival: Music

musicSeven Songs to Leave Behind is a line-up of seven remarkable talents, so if you are a fan of Sinead O’Connor, John Cale, Meshelle Ndegeocello, Rickie Lee Jones, Gurrumul Yunupingu, Archie Roach, and The Black Arm Band, you better make sure that you secure your tickets before they run out.

This three-hour long concert will showcase some of the best songs from these artists, including their first breakout song and their personal favorites.

Melbourne International Arts Festival: Theater

theaterFunicane and Smith’s “Carnival of Mysteries” features 30 unique artists that will bring into life the mysteries of innocence, passion, mercy, forgiveness and love.

You better be at least 18 years old because there are adult concepts, nudity, smoking, and loud effects.

Melbourne International Arts Festival: Film

musicWant to witness surreal visual pleasure inspired by nature? Then you should check out Genevieve Lacey and Marc Silver’s production entitled “En Masse.” This part concert, part film, part installation is a total visual experience you wouldn’t want to miss.

As you see, there is plenty to see and experience at the Melbourne International Arts Festival.

With so many things to choose from, you should be able to find something of your choice.


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September: Melbourne Fringe Festival
October: Mornington Peninsula Pinot Week | Heathcote Wine and Food Festival | Bendigo Heritage Uncorked | Wangaratta Festival of Jazz | Toast to the Coast (Geelong) | Hepburn Springs Swiss Italian Festa | Melbourne International Arts Festival
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April: Yarra Valley Grape Grazing Festival | Melbourne International Comedy Festival
May: Grampians Grape Escape | Warrnambool May Racing Carnival
June: Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show
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