Melbourne: Culture and Arts
Australia's multicultural hub
Melbourne is indisputably the artistic and cultural capital of Australia. It may be even fair to say the cultural capital of the Southern Hemisphere - perfect for a culture and arts holiday with something extra. Every day of every year is filled with arts festivals, gallery showings, live theatre seasons and musical extravaganzas, in fact, the City hosts more than 300 events each year. Whether it’s a rock concert, an art exhibition, opera or a symphony performance you desire, you will find it in Melbourne.
Melbourne is often called the cultural capital of Australia, with its many art galleries, film festivals, orchestras, choral and opera productions, vibrant live music scene, and a strong food, wine and coffee culture. Particular events to note include the Melbourne International Film Festival in August, the International Art Festival in October, and the Melbourne Comedy Festival in April, as well as individual concerts and exhibitions throughout the year. In addition to the Melbourne Museum, there are special museums dedicated to subjects such as science, immigration, Chinese history, Jewish history, sport, racing, film and moving image, railways, police, fire brigades and banking. Melbourne nightlife is world famous and justifiably so. It's 24 hours, loud, colourful and anything goes.
Door policies are strict but once inside high quality entertainment is guaranteed. DJ's, live music, artists, beautiful people and so much more can be found. There truly is something for everyone and every taste. Gay, lesbian and transgendered party goers are welcome everywhere as Melbournians are on the whole very tolerant and welcoming people. The city centre has a number of pubs, the most famous being the Young and Jackson. Melbourne is also famous for it's many trendy bars in the CBD. Most of these, however, are down narrow alleys and streets, and are therefore hard to find unless you know where you are going.
The inner northern suburbs, such as Collingwood and Fitzroy cater for the young, laid-back, and bohemian crowd. Here you will find lots of live music, cheaper prices, and a relaxed atmosphere. Chapel Street/ Toorak Road in South Yarra and Prahran has the most glamorous bars and clubs. Here, expect high prices, strict dress codes, and beautiful people who want to be seen partying with the best. St. Kilda has a little bit of everything. With it's proximity to the beach, it is often regarded as the Melbourne suburb that feels most like Sydney. If heritage and architecture are more your style, a walk around Melbourne will reveal the city’s colourful and diverse history through its buildings. From the majesty of the buildings spawned by the gold rush era through to the ambitious, cutting-edge structures of the 21st Century, Melbourne’s glorious architecture can effortlessly be viewed on foot in a few hours.
Melbourne has always been characterised by innovation and enterprise. The fusion of past tradition and diverse cultural influences has created an invigorated and forward thinking city, a dynamic centre for culture, communities and commerce. So, regardless of your taste or holiday budget, Melbourne represents one of the finest areas in the southern hemisphere for a culture and arts holiday.