1 June 2022

Winter has arrived in Melbourne and with it Victoria's newest major event, RISING - 12 days and nights of art, performance, food, and unique creative experiences.

Installation at Rising

Credit: Eugene Hyland


With a program three years in the making, the highly anticipated first full RISING festival is made up of 225 events, featuring more than 800 local and international artists.

The Wilds at Sidney Myer Music Bowl will be an epic city drawcard offering towering technicolour inflatables created by New York based Victorian artists Tin & Ed and an ice-skating rink, along with roaming performances, stunning projections and food by much-loved restaurants to complete the creative take-over.

The festival offers experiences for all ages and tastes with art, dance, theatre, live music and more – from daring works to captivate art lovers to free family friendly events.

Every night of RISING Robin Fox’s MONOCHORD will see lasers and moonlight beam along the Birrarung (Yarra River) for a sensational light and sound show, while mirror maze Kaleidoscope at the Arts Centre Melbourne’s forecourt creates ever-changing illusions for festival goers.

Music powers up Melbourne’s iconic venues, the Forum, Max Watts and Melbourne Recital Centre, as local and international acts take to the stage – including Sampa the Great, Kelly Lee Owens, Harvey Sutherland, Baxter Dury, and more.

Installation at Rising

Credit: Eugene Hyland


Other highlights include Victorian choreographer Stephanie Lake’s latest work Manifesto, an all First Peoples designed line-up of Art Trams and Chinatown’s Golden Square – a car park swirling with contemporary art, music, performance and topped with a rooftop bar.

RISING runs from 1 to 12 June. For tickets and program details visit rising.melbourne.

Patrons who spend $40 or more on tickets may be eligible to claim a 25 per cent rebate through the Victorian Entertainment Program.