In-spire-ing Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne

Melbourne Official Visitor Guide - - Arts & Culture -

The Cul­tural Hub

For more than 30 years, Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne has been a hub for story-telling through world-class the­atre, dance, mu­sic, art and cir­cus, and thrilling au­di­ences with a di­verse pro­gram of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­tions and ex­hi­bi­tions.

Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne is much big­ger than even most Vic­to­ri­ans re­alise, com­pris­ing three venues on both sides of St Kilda Road: The The­atres Build­ing has the im­pres­sive State The­atre, Play­house and in­ti­mate Fair­fax Stu­dio; Hamer Hall is a pre­mier venue for mu­si­cal per­for­mances, in­clud­ing Mel­bourne Sym­phony Orches­tra; and Sid­ney Myer Mu­sic Bowl is pop­u­lar for ope­nair con­certs.

More than merely a place to see a show, this buzzing cul­tural precinct is a re­mark­able tourist at­trac­tion in its own right that can be ex­plored and en­joyed in a va­ri­ety of ways.

More Than Meets the Eye

Open­ing 19 De­cem­ber, the Aus­tralian Mu­sic Vault will fea­ture a free ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing Aus­tralian con­tem­po­rary mu­sic. Also on Sun­days (10am - 4pm), lo­cal ar­ti­sans show­case their unique hand­made goods at the Sun­day Mar­ket on the Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne Lawn.

Win­ing and Din­ing

There are plenty of great places to eat and drink. The Barre is per­fect for a pre-show wine, meal or late-night drink. For a quick cof­fee and cake break try Cento and Café Vic. At Hamer Hall, Bom­bini Buzz is serv­ing mi­cro-roasted Mel­bourne cof­fee and ice-cream dur­ing the day, mor­ph­ing into a pre-show and late night bar. Fatto Bar & Cantina, Teatro and Saké all over­look the Yarra River.


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