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Undoubtedly the most momentous event on this city's calendar, the Melbourne Festival is set to be phenomenal in 2013, with 19 world premieres and 13 Australian premieres. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 16. You can pick up our October issue (on sale Friday, September 20) to read our interviews with ten of the most incredible acts, but in the mean time here's just a taste of what you can expect from the festival.


The festival kicks off on Friday, October 11 with a free concert from Archie Roach and a Welcome to Country directed by Rachel Maza from Ilbijerri Theatre.

Other music acts to follow over the next 17 days are Gurrumul at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl; Yo La Tengo; blind Malian husband-and-wife duo Amadou & Mariam perform Eclipse at Melbourne Recital Centre in the dark; The Cinematic Orchestra; Clannad; Active Child; The Handsome Family; electronic pioneers Fuck Buttons; Cody Chestnutt and Irish crooner Foy Vance.

Melbourne Festival aims to make classical music more accessible with the concerts Brahms versus Wagner and Haydn for Everyone. On a different note, there's the world premiere of Bruchlandung – a post-apocalyptic chamber opera by James Hullick.

The Crowd is a concert by the Australian Chamber Orchestra set to footage by cinematographer Jon Frank. Another music-film hybrid is Fearless Nadia, in which musician Ben Walsh presents this Bollywood musical.

The Foxtel Festival Hub on the banks of the Yarra will once again present its own music programme.


John Landis will be attending the John Landis Retrospective, introducing masterpieces such as The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London and Michael Jackson’s Thriller video.

Director Michael Kantor’s film debut The Boy Castaways stars Tim Rogers, Paul Capsis and Megan Washington. It's coupled with a live concert – Songs of Wreck and Ruin – that's performed by the film’s cast.


You can choose to sit through all 10 hours at once of Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s Life and Times: Episode 1-4, or break it down into instalments. There's the Indigenous adaption of King Lear, reborn as The Shadow King, while Belarus Free Theatre present Minsk, 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker.

Kneehigh Theatre's adaptation of Noël Coward's Brief Encounter will appear nightly at the Athenaeum Theatre; and there's the Australian premiere of Ontroerend Goerd’s Teenage Riot and All That Is Wrong – the concluding parts of the trilogy that began with Once and For All We’re Going to Tell You What We Think So Shut Up and Listen.

We're also looking forward to world premieres of The Rabble’s Room of Regret (a reimagining of Dorian Gray); Daniel Schlusser Ensemble’s M+M (a nod to The Master and Margarita); and Eddie Perfect's The Beast with MTC.


Ballet dancer Sylvie Guillem performs in both 6000 Miles Awayis a triple bill by choreographers William Forsythe, Mats Ek and Jirí Kylián – and PUSH, with choreographer/dancer Russell Maliphant.

Israeli-UK choreographer Hofesh Schechter premieres Sun at the Festival, and award-winning local choreographer Stephanie Lake introduces A Small Prometheus at Arts House.


Mexican artist Pedro Reyes confronts with Disarm, using parts from thousands of guns confiscated by the Mexican government in the war on drugs, to fashion an ensemble of 47 instruments. Some of Melbourne's most diverse musicians will improvise live as part of the exhibition.

US photographer Wendy Ewald has shot far-flung communities around the world; Tacita Dean’s FILM at ACCA is a reflection on the physical artistry of filmmaking; Living Architectures is seven films by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, examining great works of contemporary architecture; The Films of Wang Bing is a suite of works from a filmmaker who defines the political courage and artistic flair of a new breed of Chinese artists.

Cyprien Gaillard’s Artefacts is a study on the myth of Babylon, explored in scenes from post-conflict Iraq. Global design critic Alice Rawsthorn talks at RMIT Design Hub. Royce Ng presents a chronicle of The Somali Peace Band.

Melbourne Festival 2013 details

Around Melbourne, Melbourne 3000

Date 11 Oct 2013-27 Oct 2013

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