When: October 11 to 27, 2012
The Melbourne International Arts Festival (October), locally shortened to Melbourne Festival, was first launched in 1986 as third act in a three-part-three-world act of Spoleto festival series under the direction of composer Gian Carlo Menotti.
What started as a music festival eventually evolved to become an international celebration of dance, theater, visual arts, modern media, and outdoor events capturing the styles and genres of local, regional and international artistic companies as well as independent acts. In scope and in breadth, the Melbourne Festival is comparable to Sydney Festival and Adelaide Arts Festival, both world-renowned celebrations of international culture and the arts.
A good percentage of performances staged in the Melbourne Festival sees repeat performances in varied platforms across mainstream audience. The best acts are produced for international markets, and have seen quite a following and commercial success after they debuted in the local stage.
About the Event
The Melbourne International Arts Festival (October) has as much an international flavor as some of Australia’s major arts festival (like Sydney’s and Adelaide’s) because of the select choice of performances and acts that organizers have come to put together before an international audience. Some of the best performances in theater, dance, music, film, visual arts, opera and the outdoors have been produced by, and in turn produced for, international artists and discerning audiences in foreign markets. For example, it is not everywhere that a performance of ‘An Enemy of the People’ by Henrik Ibsen is screened before local audiences.
In addition, the festival itself is headed by some ofAustralia’s illustrious artistic directors who are as international in exposure and experience as the world-class performances and acts that they accept. There has been quite a number of hand-changing at the helm over the years, but the festival has remained true to its spirit and attracts larger crowds than ever before.
The festival is scheduled to start on October 11 and will end on October 27, 2013, and will be staged in various venues all throughout Melbourne.
Melbourneis one of the country’s, and the world’s, most livable cities, so it is only befitting that it plays host to one of southern hemisphere’s brightest cultural events. While there is a wealth of accommodation infrastructure in the city, it helps to book early for lodging and transport for this 17-day long affair. Alternative accommodation is also available via home stays (inquire for ‘couch’ lodging) when commercial lodging is overbooked.
The Melbourne International Arts Festival (October) is a one-stop-shop cultural event for the art aficionado and even for those who have limited introduction into the colorful and sometimes chaotic world of the arts. Travelers can expect to be delighted by the carefully selected performances and acts that not only reflect the Australian spirit but also of the country’s cosmopolitan vibe.