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4 August 2015

Some of Melbourne's most exciting independent artists and companies will premiere new works alongside groundbreaking international artists in Melbourne Festival's 30th anniversary program, announced today.

Projects by local theatre company Fraught Outfit, choreographer Antony Hamilton, music innovators Speak Percussion and youth-focused performing arts company Outer Urban Projects will be among the eight world premieres at the Festival in October. 

Melbourne Festival Artistic Director Josephine Ridge said:  "The sophistication, irreverence, audacity and creative intelligence of Melbourne's independent theatre scene is one of the most rewarding aspects of living here, and the Festival continues to mine the depths of creativity with the many partnerships with other artists and organisations that make the cultural life of this city so extraordinarily rich."

The festival places local talent in a truly international context, with artists coming from more than 70 countries including Iceland, Faroe Islands, Israel, UK, Mali, USA, China, Sweden, France, Canada and Germany. 

Other highlights include the West End smash hit adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece 1984, a new vision of Shakespeare's Desdemona by Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison and a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Patti Smith's seminal Horses album with Courtney Barnett, Jen Cloher, Adalita and Gareth Liddiard.

There are 15 events exclusive to Melbourne Festival  (including Flight Facilities with the MSO, Batsheva Dance Company's Last Work, NYC's PS122 and Belgium dance theatre mavericks Peeping Tom) and a special program that will shine a spotlight on New York's and Melbourne's trailblazing creative independent theatre artists.

A series of free forums – led by three former Melbourne Festival artistic directors, Brett Sheehy AO, Robin Archer AO and Sir Jonathan Mills –  will explore the 30 year evolution and impact of the festival. These public conversations are part of an extensive free offering at this year's festival. 

The 30th Melbourne Festival runs from 8-25 October 2015.

Tickets are on sale from 9am Friday 7 August with ticket packages available from noon today (Tuesday 4 August).

Visit Melbourne Festival for full program details