Right in the heart of Melbourne’s famed cultural precinct sits Australia’s largest performing arts venue – Arts Centre Melbourne. For over three decades this has been the Victorian capital’s leading venue for world-class theatre, dance, music and more. In the Theatres Building, directly under the venue’s iconic Spire, are three separate theatres – the State Theatre (which boasts one of the world’s largest stages and regularly hosts performances by Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet), the Playhouse and the intimate Fairfax Studio.
Right next door, on the banks of the Yarra River, you’ll find Hamer Hall, home to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and a variety of musical, spoken word and even cinematic experiences.
Across St Kilda Road in gardens of Kings Domain is the popular outdoor venue, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, which offers concerts and other open-air entertainment in the summer months.
Arts Centre Melbourne also houses a significant visual art collection, with works by artists such as Arthur Boyd, John Olsen and Roger Kemp on display in the foyers and a self-guided tour available.
Explore your love of music, revisit big music moments and discover the stories of Australian contemporary music at the Australian Music Vault. This free exhibition turns up the volume on our love affair with Australian contemporary music and includes interactive and digital experiences, learning programs, iconic objects and performances.
Why not try a guided tour of the venues? These depart at 11am daily and reveal the fascinating stories and secrets of this extensive venue, including the three theatre spaces and five floors underground.
Outside Arts Centre Melbourne, local artisans fill the lawn from 10am to 4pm on Sundays to showcase their locally produced arts, crafts and freshly made delicacies at the Sunday Market.
Those on a budget should consider the tixatsix initiative and line up at the box office before 6pm every night for the chance to purchase one of 20 $30 tickets to a performance.
Dining options are varied and cover pre-show drinks and small bites, light lunches, hearty dinners, and coffee-and-cake or nightcaps. Indulge all of your senses at Arts Centre Melbourne!
100 St Kilda Road Melbourne 3004
Tel: 1300 182 183
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