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Melbourne Festival

Festival History

Sparking connections to redefine the arts experience.

Provoking and inspiring, Melbourne International Arts Festival seeks to connect art forms, people and ideas. At the heart of Melbourne's culture of creativity, we curate unique experiences that bring people together and break new ground in culture and the arts.

Melbourne International Festival is one of Australia's leading international arts festivals and has an outstanding reputation for presenting unique international and Australian events in the fields of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia, free and outdoor events over 17 days each October.

Celebrating the next Melbourne International Arts Festival in 2018 from Wed 03—Sun 21 October.

Artistic Directors

1986-88 Gian Carlo Menotti
1988—91 John Truscott AO
1992—93 Richard Wherrett AM
1994—96 Leo Schofield AM
1997 Clifford Hocking AM
1998—99 Sue Nattrass
2000—01 Jonathan Mills AO
2002—04 Robyn Archer AO
2005—08 Kristy Edmunds
2009—12 Brett Sheehy AO
2013—15 Josephine Ridge
2016—19 Jonathan Holloway


IMAGE | Les Tambours de Feu, Deabru Beltzak. James Henry, 2016 Melbourne Festival.