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What to see at Rising 2022

What to see at Rising 2022

There are 225 events, including 22 commissions and 14 world premieres, taking place across the 12 nights of the festival.

Best arty classes in Melbourne this month

Best arty classes in Melbourne this month

Bring a friend or ride solo, but remember – if you don't share your masterpiece on socials, did it really happen?

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Hamilton

Hamilton

5 out of 5 stars

The world's biggest musical is opening at Her Majesty’s Theatre, and for once you can believe the hype

Melbourne
Girl from the North Country

Girl from the North Country

3 out of 5 stars

The critically acclaimed musical arrives in Melbourne after achieving sell-out seasons on the West End and Broadway

Melbourne
Driftwood

Driftwood

2 out of 5 stars

This world premiere musical is based on a fascinating story about finding creative expression in survival after escaping the Holocaust

Clayton
Magic Beach

Magic Beach

Alison Lester’s beloved childhood book comes to life at Arts Centre Melbourne

Southbank
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Falls Festival

Falls Festival

There’s no better way to ring in the new year in Australia than by getting loose at Falls Festival. The music and arts festival is one of the most...

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope

There's always one totally Instagrammable art piece at every festival – and at Rising this year, Kaleidoscope is surely it.  Samantha Slicer, the...

Southbank
The Wilds

The Wilds

See Sidney Myer Music Bowl as you’ve never seen it before in the Wilds. The outdoor amphitheatre is being turned into a supernatural forest filled with...

Melbourne

The best theatre in Melbourne

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

If you didn't see the previous iteration of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Melbourne (set over a bottom-breaking epic two nights), then the return...

Melbourne
The Return

The Return

Australia was once the centre of a burgeoning and macabre trade: the selling and collection of the bodily remains of First Peoples men, women and children for...

Southbank
The View from Up Here

The View from Up Here

The environmental impacts of global warming are well documented – but what is the true impact of yet another catastrophic fire season on the people who...

St Kilda

The best art in Melbourne

Elvis: Direct from Graceland

Elvis: Direct from Graceland

Elvis: Direct from Graceland is a major new exhibition coming exclusively to the Bendigo Art Gallery, and it's set to explore Elvis Presley – his...

Bendigo
Yoga at the Lume

Yoga at the Lume

Melbourne's premier cutting edge digital gallery Lume made waves last year with the launch of the immersive Van Gogh exhibition, and now it's transforming into...

South Wharf
Pt Leo Estate Sculpture Park

Pt Leo Estate Sculpture Park

Not all galleries need to be housed inside a building. Pt Leo Estate's Sculpture Park is 330 acres of undulating landscape dotted with 60 large-scale...

Gaia

Gaia

UK artist Luke Jerram returns to Melbourne with Gaia, following a successful season showing his illuminated installation, Museum of the Moon, in...

Melbourne

The best music in Melbourne

London Grammar

London Grammar

International superstars Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dot Major (otherwise known as London Grammar) will be performing at John Cain Arena on May 26,...

Melbourne
Sampa the Great

Sampa the Great

Rising brings visionary rapper Sampa The Great to Melbourne once again, with two dates at The Forum set to debut her new show An Afro Future. With a live...

Melbourne

The latest movie reviews

The Drover’s Wife

The Drover’s Wife

Goa-Gunggari-Wakka Wakka Murri filmmaker Leah Purcell has walked a long and winding road from relishing a beloved bedtime story read by her late mother, to the...

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once

The multiverse is clearly having a moment. After Marvel gave us several Spider-Men and Doctor Stranges in its last two movies, we now have director duo...

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