A performer singing and raising his hand

REMI, London tour (2015). Photo: Aidan McLaren

Victoria is the national leader in visual and performing arts and home to leading libraries, galleries and museums. We host myriad festivals and enjoy dynamic literary and live music scenes.

Melbourne hosts 62,000 live music concerts each year and Victoria has three times more live music performances than the national average.3 We are also home to more songwriters than anywhere else in the country. Our literary and publishing sector has been recognised internationally with the designation as a UNESCO City of Literature.

Victoria has three times more live music performances than the national average

Victoria is geographically compact, with dynamic and accessible regional communities. Our thriving network of cultural venues, including art galleries, performing arts centres, museums and libraries, as well as festivals and events, have made regional Victoria an inspiring place to live and visit.

Victoria's Aboriginal people have a unique story to tell and distinctive contemporary cultural practice. Victorian Aboriginal visual artists are increasingly celebrated nationally and internationally and are represented in significant collections around the world. We are home to Ilbijerri, Australia's longest-running Indigenous theatre company and the Koorie Heritage Trust, housing a vast collection dedicated to the art and material culture of Victorian Aboriginal communities.

Victoria has recognised strengths in fashion and design, with world's best talent and services as well as universities with outstanding teaching and research facilities. Victoria's screen industry contributed an estimated $1.4 billion to the state in 2015. We are home to over half of Australia's television drama production and almost half of Australia's digital games sector. In 2014/15, Victorian companies generated 37 per cent of Australia's film and television budgets. We also boast Australia's centre for the moving image, one of only a few in the world.

Victoria's leadership and competitive advantage in the creative industries is reinforced by the history and quality of our creative institutions. The state-owned cultural institutions (most established under Acts of Parliament) – Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Melbourne Recital Centre, Museums Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria and State Library of Victoria – play an important and iconic role in the state's profile and success as a centre for cultural accomplishment. National and international tourist attractions, they host more than ten million local and international visitors each year and hold cultural collections worth more than $5 billion.

Our small to medium and independent sector also has broad audience reach, providing experiences that are engaging to communities at a local level as well as internationally. They provide a critical source of new ideas, cross-platform creations and a solid foundation for the next generation of creativity.

3Music Victoria and the City of Melbourne, Victorian Live Music Census 2012 (PDF)