With winter on the way, Melburnians have plenty to do in June. After a poor start to the city’s biggest arts festival last year, rise, finally take offIn addition to Rising, there’s the Emerging Writers Festival, plenty of gigs, arts and literature events, and even a three-level arts car park with a rooftop bar.
Sidney Myer Music Bowl | June 1st – June 19th | Tickets from $12
part of the rise festival, wilderness Featuring fluorescent, evolving sculpture, soundscapes and digital motion responsive art. Try the ice skating rink, where a choir plays hits from the 80s and 90s. Once you’re exhausted from skating, you can choose to dine at the Conservatory Bistro or a range of pop-up kitchens at iconic Melbourne food venues, including Piccolina Gelato and vegan haven Smith & Daughters.
Heffernan Lane Night Market
Heffernan Lane | June 3 – June 12 | Admission is free
Inspired by Asian street food cities, Heffer South Lane Night Market will feature street stalls offering a variety of dishes from many popular restaurants in Chinatown.
Melbourne Magic Festival
multiple venues | June 27 – July 9 | different fares
The Rabbit in Top Hat is just the start of the Melbourne Magic Festival, which features more than 130 performances over 30 shows. Whether you’re a budding magician or a magician, you can enjoy magic shows, master classes, and even a magic bar.
multiple venues | June 1st – June 12th | Some events are free, some are ticketed
Bringing together many of the month’s events are Victoria’s New Rising Festival. Rising has been in the works for three years, bringing together a range of arts, performances and events in Melbourne.
art Center | June 3 – June 11 | Tickets from $71
With 40 dancers, Art lovers Yes The Australian Ballet’s largest contemporary dance performance so far. Inspired by 18th-century treasure chests, this Dutch dance theatre commission features music from Janis Joplin to Beethoven. Choreographed by Paul Lightfoot, Sol LeonMarco Goecke and Crystal Pete.
art Center | June 17 – June 25 | Tickets from $50
Marius Petipa clown It was brought to life by Alexei Ratmansky, former director of the Bolshoi Ballet. A vivid love story composed by Riccardo Drigo, clown is a loving and humorous revival of a comedy-based classic.
Melbourne Recital Centre | June 1 | Tickets from $59
One of the most sought after singers in the opera world, Ferruccio Furlanetto is known for his wide vocal range and vocal power.Accompanied by pianist Natalia Sidorenko, Furlanetto’s two-hour recital features works by Brahms, Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff, as well as from The Marriage of Figaro, Don Juan, Boris Godunov and Don Carlo.
meat market | June 1st – June 4th | Tickets from $49
A female performance exploring power, obedience and observation Choreography by Mette Ingwason on the LED light group. This 70-minute show examines every aspect of pornography, from violence to flirtation to humor.
Her Majesty’s Theatre | March 16 – September 18 | Tickets from $70
The ubiquitous Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning musicals narrated The Story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. This rap-focused musical is a fusion of hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway.
rain or shine
South Bank Theatre | June 20 – July 23 | Tickets from $53
Based on the comedy short story by Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro, rain or shine is a musical about music, memories and lifelong friendships. Directed by Simon Phillips, Gillian Cosgriff (bright white), Angus Grant (Rooster) and Chris Ryan (Shakespeare in love).
Cruel Intentions: 90s Musicals
Athena Theater | May 25 – June 19 | Tickets from $89
Based on the iconic ’90s thriller starring Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Michelle Gellar now a musical Featured hits from Verve, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, *NSYNC and more.
Regent Theatre | May 20 – July 17 | Tickets from $99
Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic fairy tale comes to life at Regent’s Theatre The Tony Award Winning Musical from the creator the sound of music. starring Shubhri Kandia, Cinderella A contemporary take on a classic story.
natural gas vehicle | June 10 – October 9 | Tickets from $8
Follow Picasso’s career, Picasso Century More than 80 works by the artist himself and more than 100 works by the artists, poets and intellectuals with whom he interacted in the 20th century are on display. Created exclusively for the NGV by the Centre Pompidou and the National Museum of Picasso in Paris, This exhibit is a must for history and art lovers Same.
Light: Works from the Tate Collection
ACMI | June 16 to November 13 | Tickets from $10
Head to ACMI to experience this exhibition curated by London’s Tate Gallery. Learn how artists have captured the element of light through painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, installation and moving image for over 200 years.
Melbourne Arts Centre, Forecourt | June 1 – July 10 | Admission Free – $15
Walk through the 700-square-meter installation of glass, steel mirrors and moving prisms in the forecourt of the Art Center. Artist Keith Courtney’s first solo project, Kaleidoscope, distorts motion and gravity, blending sound, light and color in an immersive mirror maze.
Sampa the Great
forum | June 8 | Tickets from $80
Lucy Dacus heads to the forum after the success of her critically acclaimed 2021 album home video, including such as hot and heavy, thumb and Three dogs dare.
John Kane Arena | June 10 | Tickets from $90
Beloved Liverpool rock band The Wombats are back on Australian shores to perform their hits on their latest studio album, Fix yourself, not the world.
Emerging Writers Festival
multiple venues | June 15 – June 25 | Some events are free, some are ticketed
The Emerging Writers Festival returns to Melbourne with a series of events over 11 days. With many free in-person and digital events, from panel discussions to masterclasses to lunch readings, there is something for every writer.
Willie Ignite Superstar
Williamstown City Hall | June 17 – June 19 | Admission Free – $35
Since 2013, Williamstown’s Willy Lit Festival has brought together creatives, writers and readers for a full program of panel discussions, interviews, author talks and workshops. Festival guests include Kyoko Imazu, Peter Doherty, Brian Nankervis, Andy Griffiths, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Smokie Dawson and Leigh Hobbs.
Portrait of Dorian Gray
Melbourne Arts Centre | June 5 – July 17 | Tickets from $80
Oscar Wilde’s Gothic classic takes center stage in Arts Center theatrical adaptation Portrait of Dorian Gray. Directed by Kip Williams, audiences will experience Wilde’s novel as a human performance, Actor Eryn Jean Norvill Transform into all 26 characters of the show.
the voice inside
Melbourne Arts Centre | May 20 – July 2 | Tickets from $46
Nominated for six 2020 Tony Awards, the voice inside Australian premiere on MTC.Descriptor new york stage review As a drama that “continues to challenge us to think and think,” it follows the unlikely relationship between two intellectuals faced with impossible choices.
chapel on chapel | May 24 – June 5 | Tickets from $28
weird thriller dirt Debut in the Victorian era. Starring Will King and Patrick Livesey, dirt lead the audience through a night in Moscow, Exploring Sex, Solidarity and Persecution.
Royal Botanic Gardens | June 24 – August 7 | Tickets from $36
Created in partnership with Sony Music, Lightscape will take visitors on a 1.8km journey of light and sound after dark. The gardens will be transformed with large lighting installations, glowing tunnels, glowing walkways and light-filled canopies.
winter night market
Queen Victoria Market | Wednesday 1st June to 31st August | free
The return of the winter night market will feature more than 35 street food vendors, bustling craft stalls and entertainers, and even a silent disco. Put on a rug and head to the Queen Victoria Market every Wednesday this winter.
Chinatown | June 1st – June 12th | Tickets from $24
Art car park sounds very Melbourne, doesn’t it? In the heart of Chinatown you’ll find: a car park with three floors of arts, performances, parades and rooftop bars. Grab a drink and wander through exhibitions themed on ritual, mythology and digital spirituality.
Food and Wine Show
Exhibition Center | June 3 – June 5 | Tickets from $33
Warm up with hundreds of food and beverage exhibitors at the Food and Wine Show. Enjoy whisky tastings, wine and cheese pairing masterclasses, and live cooking by celebrity chefs.
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