Rising festival opens in Melbourne despite latest restrictions

Patricia Piccinini exhibition kicks off Rising festival in melbourne.

The Rising festival in Melbourne has opened today avoiding the latest Covid-19 restrictions that came into effect on Tuesday.

Being a ticketed event helped it avoid being shutdown, according to Health Minister Martin Foley.

“They know who’s in the venues, and I look forward to RISING being a success [and] becoming a mainstay in Victoria’s winter festival calendar,” he said.

The festival organisers said they were working closely with the Department of Health to deliver “a safe and fun RISING”.

The festival launched with an exhibition of Melbourne artist Patricia Piccinini in the Flinders Street Station Ballroom.

“We’re just managing it day-by-day, but I feel confident that the free and low cost outdoor events can go ahead,” co-artistic director Hannah Fox told ArtsHub.

“They really have been planned for this environment.”