Victorian Artists Rise To The Occasion With RISING Festival Debut for Melbourne
Posted 16 April 2021
Victorian Artists Rise To The Occasion With Festival Debut
More than 750 Victorian artists are set to take over the city when Victoria’s newest cultural event, RISING, makes its debut – boosting tourism right in the heart of Melbourne this winter.
Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson today joined RISING Artistic Directors Hannah Fox and Gideon Obarzanek and more than 80 local artists for the launch of the festival’s first ever program kicking off 26 May.
Established by the Andrews Labor Government, RISING marks a resounding resurgence of Victoria’s creative and cultural life with art, music, performance, food experiences and more taking over iconic city sites and spaces.
From dusk until late into the night over 12 days, RISING will showcase Melbourne in a new light. The ambitious program includes 133 events and projects including 36 world-premieres – from large-scale performances and awe-inspiring art installations to immersive experiences and late night yum cha.
Since July last year, RISING has supported Victorian artists to develop shows, exhibitions, artworks and events for the festival. The fruits of their labour during the coronavirus pandemic forms the heart of the festival program and will be presented everywhere from a city carpark to the legendary Flinders Street Station Ballroom.
The festival will span the city, creating distinct creative hotspots – the Birrarung, Chinatown, the Arts District, Midtown, as well as satellite sites. Victorian artists will be joined by, and collaborate with, creative contemporaries from across Australia and beyond. Highlights include: