Melbourne Comes Alive with Its Fabulous Festival
When: 8-25 October 2015
Where: A huge range of locations across the city, but concentrated mainly within the central business district and Southbank precincts.
Melbourne is a city that prides itself on its vibrant arts and culture scene – from emerging new artists, to live music, to internationally acclaimed theatre and performance, Melbourne is a city that knows its stuff. One of the best times of year to visit Melbourne is during October when the city submits itself to the annual Melbourne Festival.
While there are always things to see and do in Melbourne throughout the year, the Melbourne Festival in October brings together a staggeringly good program of local and international artists – the festival is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading celebrations of art and culture.
Melbourne Festival is one of the world’s leading arts festivals and Australia’s premier celebration of art and culture from around the world. Check out the website for the full listing of everything that’s on, but here’s a couple of highlights of some of the must-see events and performances that you won’t want to miss.
Flight Facilities – 17th October
An extraordinary musical event that will be held in the outdoor amphitheatre of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Electronica specialists Flight Facilities will be joined by over 80 musicians and guest vocalists for a unique convergence of electronic and orchestral music – plus there will be a dazzling light show.
Patti Smith’s Horses – 18th October
The seminal rock album that Patti Smith released in 1975 is often cited as a key influence by the world’s best loved musicians. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of its release, four of Australia’s best musicians – Courtney Barnett, Jen Cloher, Adalita, and Gareth Liddiard – come together to perform the Horses album in its entirety. A unique homage that will transport you back to the 70s (in a good way).
Art Trams – October
Melbourne is very proud of its trams and as part of the festival this project transforms the city’s trams into mobile art installations. Both established and new artists are invited to apply their vision to these moving canvasses.
Limbo – October
An exhilarating combination of cabaret, circus, acrobatics, seduction, heaven and hell – this is a show that really packs an intoxicating punch. Presented in a traditional German cabaret Spiegeltent – this is a show that thrills, excites, and entertains.
The Bacchae – October
Sometimes you need theatre to really challenge your perceptions of the world, and that’s what The Bacchae seeks to do. An ensemble of young women take the audience on an almost hallucinatory trip as a city teeters on the edge of crisis, exploring the loss of innocence and the primal urges that drive us inevitably towards pain and pleasure.
The Rabbits – 9-13 October
Something for the family is Opera Australia’s production of The Rabbits – an adaptation of a popular picture-book that covers some big-picture themes in vivid, visual style.
If you ever needed an excuse to visit Melbourne, then the annual Melbourne Festival should have you booking your tickets fast!