Time Out says
Melbourne has a new winter arts festival spanning public art, performance and music
In 2021, Melbourne International Arts Festival and White Night are merging into a new mega winter arts festival set to rival Dark Mofo. Rising is a 12-night arts festival taking place across Melbourne from May 26 to June 6 and it's got everyone talking with its line-up of art, performance, music and food events.
A total of 133 events are taking place across Melbourne for Rising, including 36 that will premiere for the first time during the festival. Victoria is going big with the new event, intending for it to become the leading cultural festival in the Asia Pacific. That's quite the goal: and from the events announced so far, there's every chance it'll become a reality.
Highlights of the Rising program include 'The Wilds' (which turns Sidney Myer Music Bowl into a supernatural forest featuring art, light and sound), 'A Miracle Constantly Repeated' (Patricia Piccinini's latest hyper-realistic installation at Flinders Street Station Ballroom), 'Wandering Stars' (a 200-metre-long eel made from lanterns running along the Yarra), 'Parade for the Moon' (twice nightly parades featuring dancers dressed in costumes inspired by moon mythologies) and 'Flow State' (an exclusive sonic bathing experience on Herring Island).
Tickets for Rising's events are on sale now via the website.