Considered to be one of the world’s most coveted art festivals, the Melbourne Festival is entering its 30th year this year. Make your way to Melbourne between October 8th and 25th to savor a sensory feast of films, dance, music, theatre, visual arts and other outdoor events.
If you already happen to be in Melbourne, chances are that you have spotted the quirky Melbourne Art Trams around the city. Over the next few weeks, you will be able to enjoy a variety of free and paid events that celebrate the artistic ecosystem of Melbourne and parts of Australia.
This year, the festival intends to focus on art as well as politics along with cross-collaborations between various genres. For those who appreciate indie music and other independent kinds of art, this year you will be able to witness some great intellectual themes that take an inclusive, rather than alienating approach.
One of the most talked about performances this year is the adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 by Headlong, a UK based theatre company. You will also get a chance to attend a reimagined version of Shakespeare’s famed play Othello, titled Desdemona which focuses on Desdemona and Barbary, her African maid.
You may also want to take time out for the award-winning Helpmann production The Rabbits, which made its maiden appearance at the Perth Festival in the beginning of the year. This production is a collaboration between the two festivals along with Opera Australia and the Barking Gecko Theatre Company.
Another highlight of the stage programs at the festival will be the Sydney Chamber Opera’s adaptation of David Malouf’s Anzac novel, going by the name of Fly Away Peter.
If you want to explore the dance scene during the festival, you will not want to miss the two leading programmes by the Batsheva Dance Company from Israel, who will be performing in the city for the first time in eight years.
Music-lovers will be pleased to learn that the highlight of the festival’s mega-music program will be Patti Smith’s Horses, a musical tribute to the US singer’s popular 1975 album. Renowned Australian singers Courtney Barnett, Gareth Liddiard, Adalita and Jen Cloher will perform the album live.