Melbourne Festival – Australien

Melbourne Festival – Australien

Melbourne Festival – Australien

Melbourne Festival som tidigare är känt under namnet Melbourne International  Arts Festival.

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Melbourne Festival (formerly Melbourne International Arts Festival) is a celebration of dance, theatre, music, circus, visual arts, multimedia, outdoor and free events held for 17 days each October in a number of venues across Melbourne, Australia.


Melbourne Festival is an important event on the Australian cultural calendar. Each festival brings a range of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events from renowned and upcoming Australian and international companies and artists to Melbourne. It offers a wide variety of free family-friendly events.

It was first established in 1986 by the Cain government as a sister festival of the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto and the Spoleto Festival USA held in Charleston, South Carolina. The festival changed its name from the Spoleto Festival Melbourne to the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts in 1990, and then became known as Melbourne International Arts Festival from 2003. It is now simply referred to as Melbourne Festival.

It has had a number of high profile Artistic Directors including Clifford Hocking, Leo Schofield, Robyn Archer , Richard Wherrett, Jonathan Mills and Kristy Edmunds.

The artistic director for the 2009–2012 festivals was Brett Sheehy. Previously, Sheehy has been artistic director of the Adelaide Festival of Arts (2006–2008), and Festival Director and Chief Executive of Sydney Festival (2002–2005).

In January 2012, Melbourne Festival announced the appointment of Josephine Ridge as creative director for the 2013 festival and beyond. Prior to her appointment Josephine was general manager, then executive director and co-CEO with four artistic directors at Sydney Festival. Josephine has appointed several high profile arts workers to her creative team, including Louise Neri (Creative Associate – Visual Arts) and Richard Tognetti (Creative Associate – Music).

Melbourne Festival is one of the most significant festivals in Australia together with the Sydney Festival and the Adelaide Festival of Arts. As such, it hosts performances by established artistic companies as well as more independent acts. The 2006 Melbourne Festival hosted a production of Ngapartji Ngapartji with much of the dialogue in the Pitjantjatjara aboriginal language. Melbourne Festival premiered the universally critically acclaimed productions from The Black Arm Band, murundak in 2006, Hidden Republic in 2008 and dirtsong in 2009.


  • 7–23 October 2004
  • 6–22 October 2005
  • 12–28 October 2006
  • 11–27 October 2007
  • 9–25 October 2008
  • 9–24 October 2009
  • 8–23 October 2010
  • 6–22 October 2011
  • 11–27 October 2012
  • 11–27 October 2013
  • 10–26 October 2014
  • 8–25 October 2015

Artistic and creative directors

YearArtistic director
1986–88Gian Carlo Menotti
1989–91John Truscott AO
1992–93Richard Wherrett AM
1994–96Leo Schofield AM
1997Clifford Hocking AM
1998–99Sue Nattrass
2000–01Jonathan Mills AO
2002–04Robyn Archer AO
2005–08Kristy Edmunds
2009–12Brett Sheehy AO
2013–15Josephine Ridge
2016+Jonathan Holloway

Melbourne Festival is one of Australia’s flagship international arts festivals and one of the major multi-arts festivals of the world, in terms of quality of work, innovation of vision, and scale and breadth of program.

Each Festival brings an unparalleled feast of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events from renowned and upcoming Australian and International companies and artists to Melbourne.

Melbourne Festival is a key destination festival within Australia’s cultural calendar, ensuring interstate and international visitation by exclusively debuting and premiering some of the finest national and international artists and companies, and by ensuring that the only place in Australia that many of the key festival projects are seen is in Melbourne.

Melbourne Festival is quintessentially Melbourne’s festival – physically by reaching out into the topography and geography of the city itself, artistically by presenting Melbourne’s finest artists in new works and international collaborations, and demographically by engaging with as many people of Melbourne as possible, giving them ownership of their annual international festival.

Through excellence, diversity and accessibility, Melbourne Festival presents the best possible artistic experience to as many people as possible. It proudly offers a wide variety of venues and ticket prices, plus many free events.

The Artistic Director for 2013—2015 is Josephine Ridge.


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