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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


The event will take place this June!

Image: Leeroy New.

RISING: Melbourne is a festival that has been three years in the making. Commencing on the 1st of June and running until the 12th of June 2022, the festival fuses 225 events that features 801 local and international artists, including 22 commissions and 14 world premieres and marks the first international music festival program in Melbourne, in over two years.

The event will take place in the heart of Melbourne, focusing on the night-time scene, with an assortment of free and family centred events. The festival will include public art installations, performances; including theatre and dance, as well as a stellar music program that spans the globe.

RISING’S music program, curated by Woody McDonald, will feature international and local acts including Tkay Maidza, Moses Sumney, Kelly Lee Owens, Baxter Dury, Lucy Dacus, Arab Strap, Masego, Shabazz Palaces, The Goon Sax, Harvey Sutherland, Sampa the Great, DJs Chris Gill and Stick Mareebo and artist Jason Maling (having developed a major live music event) and Andy Shauf (who will be making his Australian debut) along with many more. With the years Artist in Residence being drummer and Dirty three co-founder Jim White, with artists including Ed Kuepper, Giorgios Xylouris, Jo Lloyd and Marissa Anderson collaborating and improvising with White behind the kit. The Forum will host iconic pop experimentalists Buffalo Daughter and CHAI, stemming from RISING’s Japan in Focus program, also bringing seminal percussionist Midori Takada. From this program, Max Watt’s will host artists including Boris; and DJ Nobu and Kenji Takimi who will team up with Melbourne’s own Animals Dancing. “In such tumultuous times, the privilege and necessity to gather, dance, sing and celebrate artistic expression is not lost on us,” said RISING Co-Artistic Directors, Hannah Fox and Gideon Obarzanek. “Melbourne is back and we’re over the moon.”“RISING will be a massive celebration of many of the things we love about Melbourne said Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson. “From edgy art to great food, awe-inspiring installations and hidden creative surprises. Showcasing the work of hundreds of local, national and international creatives, the festival is an invitation to rediscover the very best of Victoria’s culture and creativity.”

The program will traverse The Forum Theatre, Max Watt’s and Melbourne Recital Centre. Envisioned to become the Asia Pacific’s preeminent cultural Festival RISING will be an experience linked to a place. Making it an adventure like no other, something to bring culture and the arts back into our sphere of living, after three long years of waiting. Ultimately it will be a celebration of what makes Melbourne great, art, music, food and more within the creative, cultural thread of life. Presale tickets are available from Monday 21 March, 12pm with tickets on sale Friday 25 March for more information visit


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