Melbourne Arts Centre

Melbourne Arts Centre

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

With it’s distinctive spire rising high into the skyline, the Arts Centre in Melbourne stands as one of the cultural highlights of the city. Located in St Kilda Road, just a short walk across the bridge from Flinders Street Station, the Arts Centre has provided quality entertainment to Melburnians for years.

Host to world-renowned musical acts, operas, theatre productions and dance shows, the Arts Centre (along with it’s sister sites Hamer Hall and Sidney Myer Music Bowl) has been the ultimate destination for those wanting to soak up all the cultural experiences that Melbourne has to offer. Not only associated with the performing arts, the Arts Centre also features an impressive Art Collection, including paintings by famous artists such as Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd, as well as being the home to a vast collection of costumes, stage designs, photos, programs and production posters.

At any given time, there are also temporary exhibitions on, which explore and celebrate the arts. When I went recently, there were two interesting displays- one which celebrated 25 years of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and featured photographs, programs, newspaper articles, film reels and props; and one dedicated to ‘Wild Things’- a display featuring animal puppets that have appeared in television and film (including Hey Hey It’s Saturday’s Ossie Ostrich!).

The Centre also provides guided tours for those who are interested, or you can walk around the building and discover for yourself the opulent splendour of the red velvet and gold themed hallways. As far as performing arts centres go, this one is the jewel in the crown.

(Image by visualdensity on Flickr)

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