Melbourne ‘goes big’ with massive winter festival Rising

Melbourne has unveiled the program for its mega winter arts festival in May, with 133 events and projects by more than 750 artists.

Rising aims to be the leading cultural festival in the Asia Pacific showcasing the best of Victoria’s arts and creative sectors.

To be held over 12 nights, the festival will take place across multiple locations including the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Chinatown, the Yarra River, the arts district in Southbank, and midtown around Town Hall, with an array of large scale public, installations and collaborations.

A sonic artwork tilted The Rivers Sin will also be broadcast across the city at dawn and dusk each day.

Rising co-artistic director Hannah Fox said Victoria “is going big with the new event”.

“The program comes together around this idea of unrepeatable moments, speaking to a time and place,” she said.

“It will create a critical mass of a whole diversity of events, not just a list of shows. And it feels like absolutely the perfect timing to do this.

“There’s a real hunger and energy on the streets of Melbourne for people to come back together again.”

Rising will run from May 26 until June 6.