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The best events to see at Rising festival

Here's the coolest events happening at Rising, Melbourne's new winter arts festival
Written by
Nicola Dowse
Stephen A Russell

Melbourne's new winter arts festival Rising is finally here. From May 26 to June 6, the entire city will come alive with art, theatre, music, food and more, to showcase some of the nation's most exciting and boundary breaking creatives. With a festival that jam-packed, we've delved through the program to pick out our favourite events  – the shows and installations everyone is going to be talking about this winter. 

Looking for more groundbreaking art? Check out Malthouse's current immersive performance, Because the Night.

The best events to see at Rising 2021

  • Art
  • Installation
  • Melbourne

Everyone in Melbourne has heard of the mysterious Flinders Street Station Ballroom, but few have seen it. A Miracle Constantly Repeated has Piccinini transform the enigmatic ballroom into an uncanny art ecosystem filled with large-scale dioramas, huge foliage, sentient saplings and nurturing marine mammals. Those familiar with the artist's work will know what to expect, but for those who aren't, you'll meet some unusual creatures that blur the lines between human and beast. The exhibition was such a hot ticket exhibition that its original dates for Rising sold out almost immediately. It's been extended, with the exhibition now running daily from 10am to 8pm from June 7 until August 31, following its dates during Rising. 

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