More events, activities, and art and support for artists and performers.
What you told us
Melbourne is recognised as a cultural destination with an array of galleries, world-renowned street art and bustling music and theatre events.
You’ve said that being a cultural city is important to you and that you’d like to see more events, activities and art within the city and more support for artists and performers.
“Lots of free events - lots of opportunities to try new things from different cultures.”
“[It produces] wonderful and wide-ranging events to see and [it is] proactive in incentivising visitors to make the journey in. [It] invests in making the city a vibrant and interesting place.”
“Making venues more affordable for groups to rehearse and perform in the city…. Having a thriving arts culture has always been so important to Melbourne as it attracts people and gives the city a buzz and a safe and exciting vibe with lots of people living and working in the city. The people who work, rehearse and patronise these concerts, shows and events helps the local economy and makes the city a more attractive place to be.”
What we're doing
We are showcasing Melbourne's unique culture and creativity through our public arts projects and program of events, encouraging more people to visit our city and participate in arts and cultural activities.
The Flash Forward project connected 40 historic laneways across Melbourne and commissioned more than 80 creatives to create artworks through lighting, music and creative installations.
Arts Grants are available to artists and small to medium arts organisations from all backgrounds and abilities.
Creative Spaces connects artists and creative practitioners with spaces, promotes artists and their work, and provides an index of live and virtual events.
We are presenting multiple premier events with extensive free
programming throughout the year, including New Year’s Eve,
Christmas Festival, Moomba, Melbourne Music Week, Melbourne Fashion Week,
narrm ngarrgu Melbourne Knowledge Week and YIRRAMBOI.