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Melbourne, Get Your Culture!

16 Aug 2017

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Melbourne is known for its dynamic arts scene. Whether you’re looking to catch a world-renowned performance or check out some emerging artists, Melbourne is a melting pot of international and local talent.
When you’re heading out for your dose of art and culture in Melbourne, don’t miss these cultural hotspots.

Melbourne Arts Precinct – St Kilda Rd, Southbank

Located in the trendy and thriving inner-urban neighbourhood of Southbank, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is home to the city’s most exciting art and culture venues. When you’re hitting the town in search for a culture fix, you’ll find everything you need for entertainment and inspiration at this buzzing complex. These are our favourite venues in the Melbourne Arts Precinct.

Arts Centre Melbourne

This iconic performing arts centre is made up of several of Melbourne’s best-known theatres, concert halls, and other art and culture venues including the State Theatre, Fairfax Studio, the Playhouse, Gallery 1, Hamer Hall, and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

  • The State Theatre boasts one of the largest stages in the entire world and hosts dance and Broadway musicals and grand opera productions.
  • When you’re in the mood for some drama, head to the Playhouse to catch a show. Be sure to check out the stunning Aboriginal artworks in the foyer on your way.
  • Discover the latest works from the Melbourne Theatre Company and other smaller contemporary productions at Fairfax Studio, or head to Gallery 1 to explore Arts Centre Melbourne's major exhibition space.
  • Hamer Hall is Melbourne’s leading concert venue, home to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and hosting a diverse range of concerts, from classical musicians to contemporary bands.
  • Finally, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl is your perfect summertime venue. Set in the Kings Domain Gardens, this outdoor concert space has attracted huge international and local artists and hosts the annual Carols by Candlelight.

Southbank Theatre

Consisting of two performance spaces, the Sumner and the Lawler, the Southbank Theatre is the primary home of the Melbourne Theatre Company. Here you can catch exciting plays, play readings, and educational performances. The Southbank Theatre is hard to miss with its stunning glowing geometric architecture.

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

The oldest and most visited art gallery in the country, the NGV offers a magnificent selection of international and local artists, exhibitions, programs and events. It currently holds over 70,000 pieces from thousands of years past. The NGV costs nothing to enter, making this gallery the perfect option when you’re looking for free things to do in Melbourne.

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