Melbourne Festival is known to many people as one of the major international art festivals in Australia and one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world. It was established in 1986 under the initiative of John Cain, the Premier of Victoria. This festival was to become a sister festival of the other world renowned event, the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy.
The very first name of the festival was the Spoleto Festival Melbourne, but it was renamed into the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts in 1990. Nowadays the audience knows this event as Melbourne International Arts Festival, or just Melbourne Festival.
Melbourne Festival isn’t only about opera. Its program is richer and it consists of different events, including dance, theater, cinema, circus, multimedia, visual arts.
Over 1,000 artists from all over the world annually visit the festival, and its audience includes over 400,000 people! Popular and young artists give their performances to the most demanding audience. Some performances, that had their premier at the festival, won the love of public and critical acclaim in Australia. Many events of the festival have no age limits, so you can visit this festival together with your family.
The festival events are scattered around Melbourne and its venues: theaters, universities, art centers, churches etc. Many performances are organized on the streets and squares of Melbourne right under the blue sky. There are free events for everyone to see, and the events that require tickets to enter. Every artist gives several performances, so everyone can enjoy the show.
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