Melbourne Festival

Melbourne Festival

Join the celebration with immersive events across Fed Square for one of Australia’s most exciting international arts festivals.

From fireworks, to percussion and CBD street takeovers, to some of the world’s greatest theatre-makers locally and internationally, this year’s Melbourne Festival program presents an irresistible assortment of familiar and unknown, local and far-flung, large-scale and intimate productions embodying the spirit of Australia’s most surprising city.

Artistic Director, Jonathan Holloway said: “For tens of thousands of years people have met on this land to share songs and stories and to dance together. This is where they gathered to explore their dreams and realities.“This year’s Festival is full of events that freely and inquisitively traverse borders in all their forms. We shine a spotlight on the ever-shifting borders between childhood and adulthood, between life and death, between dreams and reality. We puncture the creative borders between art forms, and between the arts and civic society. We have sought every opportunity to blur the borders between artists and audiences.”

Opening with a Tanderrum at Fed Square with the five clans of the Kulin, the 2016 Melbourne Festival festivities take off with a major, free outdoor spectacle from one of the world’s most renowned street theatre companies, Deabru Beltzak. Exclusive to Melbourne, they will take to the CBD starting in Fed Square for three nights across the opening weekend to cause a disruption like no other with Les Tambours De Feu. An extravaganza of live music, pyrotechnics and extraordinary special effects, this free event will attract thousands to embark on a dizzy parade that will set Melbourne’s squares and laneways ablaze.

See the full program of Melbourne Festival events at Fed Square below.

Festival Feasts

Enjoy a special festival feast offer before the show at Chocolate Buddha at Fed Square. A Japanese communal dining room, Chocolate Buddha provides the essence of Japanese cuisine: simplicity, flavour, technique and presentation.

Offer: The $35 Melbourne Festival Dinner Tray—mixed salad, coma-ae vegetables, Miso soup, Sashimi or Avocado Hosomaki with brown or white rice plus a beverage and followed by your choice of three desserts options.


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