The 2018 Melbourne International Arts Festival
It’s no secret that Melbourne has a reputation as being a major hub of creativity and artistry. From the individuality of Melbourne street-style to the operas performed at The Arts Centre, there’s an abundance of imagination and innovation wherever we look. However, no other event displays Melbourne’s artistic tendencies more than the Melbourne International Arts Festival. A two and a half week celebration of dance, theatre, music, circus, multimedia and visual arts from artists all over the world, this year’s Arts Festival will begin on Wednesday 3 October and end on Sunday 21 October. The MIAF is always a highlight on the Melbourne events calendar and after consulting 2018’s action-packed program, it seems that this year will be just as big, if not bigger!
Here are our top picks for what is sure to be an amazing Melbourne International Arts Festival:
Perhaps the most anticipated event of this year’s Arts Festival Program, the Fire Gardens are sure to be a show-stopping spectacle! From Wednesday, 10 Oct – Sunday, 13 October at the Royal Botanic Gardens, French artists, Compagnie Carabosse, have planned to set the Royal Botanic Gardens ablaze with fiery sculptures transforming it into a primordial wonderland of light and shadow. With a soundtrack as impressive as the dancing flames are sure to be, a wander through the Fire Gardens will definitely have a lasting impression on visitors.
Fire Gardens will be on display from Wednesday, 10 Oct – Sunday, 13 October at 7:30pm, 8:30pm and 9:30pm at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.
Part maze and part haunted house, 1000 Doors is an interactive installation of a seemingly never-ending series of doors that invites visitors to lose themselves in those in-between spaces and give in to the curiosity of “What’s behind the door?”. From the creators of last year’s House of Mirrors, Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney, 1000 Doors will be available to visit for the duration of the festival, so make sure you don’t miss out!
1000 Doors will be on from Wednesday, 3 October to Sunday, 21 Oct at the Arts Centre Melbourne Forecourt (100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne). Tickets are $10 and are only available for purchase at the venue. Click here for more info.
From the UK’s leading large-scale contemporary circus company, NoFit State Circus, comes Lexicon – a 2-hour exploration into the world of circus. Daring, skilful, humorous and captivating, audiences are sure to be left breathless by the sheer physicality of the performers and the magical world of circus.
Lexicon is on every day from Wednesday, 3 October – Sunday, 21 October, except Mondays. For more information on performance times and ticket prices, head here.
Melbourne Art Trams
Can’t manage to get yourself to a MIAF event? Not to worry, the Melbourne Art Trams will be rolling all across Melbourne, bringing the art to you! Now in it’s 5th year, the MIAF Art Trams were initially inspired by the Transporting Art project (1978 – 1993) that saw many prominent Melbourne artists redesign Melbourne’s beloved W-Class trams. This year, the first of seven re-decorated trams will be launched on Thursday, 4 October, with all trams released by Thursday, 18 October.
The Melbourne Art Trams will be on show from Thursday, 4 Oct – Sunday, 21 Oct. Click here for more information on the trams and their artists.