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21 May 2020

Melbourne’s much-anticipated new winter festival is helping local artists rise to the challenge of our times with a $2 million commissioning program to boost creative jobs and create ambitious works for the festival.

Co-Artistic Directors Gideon Obarzanek and Hannah Fox. Photo Jo Duck

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley together with co-artistic directors Hannah Fox and Gideon Obarzanek today revealed the festival name, RISING, and a new program that will invest in local artists when they need it most.

The funding, originally allocated for the 2020 festival which has been cancelled due to the impact of coronavirus, has been redirected to support local artists to create work and help shape RISING 2021 and future festivals.

The first RISING festival has been scheduled to run from 26 May to 6 June next year. It will take the place of the Melbourne International Arts Festival and White Night Melbourne and is set to become a landmark Victorian major event.

Victorian artists are invited to submit ideas for artworks, shows, exhibitions and events that can attract new audiences and capture national and international attention.

Some works will be produced for the 2021 or future festivals, and further presentation opportunities will be facilitated by the festival, working with its national and international curatorial advisory group.

More information about RISING and the artist call-out can be found at www.rising.melbourne.