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25 July 2019

With more than 40 events spread across two weeks, making it one of the biggest events on the city’s cultural calendar, Melbourne International Arts Festival returns 2-20 October 2019.

one woman holding another womans head as she kneels

Image taken from 'Split'.

Alongside world-renowned art collectives and international music acts, the program is filled with gems created closer to home.

Once again, the festival kicks off with Tanderrum, bringing together the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung language groups of the Eastern Kulin Nation for a ceremony of celebration that reaches across Aboriginal time.

Be the first to explore a dystopic future with the premiere of Chamber Made, a new work by local sound-and-light artist Robin Fox, Chunky Move’s new epic dance work Token Armies or the latest production from Geelong-based, world-renowned Back to Back Theatre.

Also premiering is a new work from the team behind the seminal 1990s Australian theatre production Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? Anthem takes the pulse of the nation today, turning up the volume on the everyday injustices we choose not to hear.

Sign up for a night of deadly inspiration at the BlackWrights Showcase, featuring fresh scripts from First Nations playwrights or pack some tissues for Hope Dies Last, an exhibition promising to be ‘the most depressing event of the year’.

Immerse yourself in a sonic whirlpool of gongs and chimes with a set from Melbourne-based, percussive-artist Mathias Schach-Arnott or watch master choreographer Lucy Guerin warp time and space with nothing more than two dancers and a stage at Split.

Celebrate as Australia’s biggest line-up of trans and gender-diverse performers return to the Famous Spiegeltent with the next iteration of Gender Dysphoria after its sell-out premiere at Midsumma Festival and don’t miss the new generation of Melbourne Art Trams.