3 Things to Know About Melbourne’s New RISING Festival

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3 Things to Know About Melbourne’s New RISING Festival

It’s no lie that Melbourne is a creative city. Just by looking at the street art that covers the city you can tell that Melbourne is full of creativity. In fact, Melbourne has been named as one of UNESCO’s Creative Cities. Since 2013 White Night has been a large contributor to the city’s creative scene. However, this year we say goodbye to White Night Melbourne and the Melbourne International Arts Festival which are both being replaced by RISING festival. Here’s what you need to know about RISING.

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1. It will take place on the evening of the total lunar eclipse.

RISING is set to begin on the 26th of May 2021, the same evening as the total lunar eclipse. The festival will last for a week and a half until the 6th of June.

2. It will be a surge of art, music and ceremony.

While there are still not a lot of exact details about what to expect from RISING, we do know that the festival will be a surge of art, music and ceremony right here in the heart of Melbourne. The festival seeks to embed various forms of art into Melbourne’s public spaces.

3. It is being led by a diverse team of art professionals.

The RISING festival is being spearheaded by co-Artistic Directors Hannah Fox and Gideon Obarzanek. Alongside them is a team of both national and international arts professionals who are helping in programming the festival.

Even though it’s still a few months away it’s never too early to mark your calendars and get excited for this new cultural festival! RISING festival is sure to be an exciting way to celebrate all of the cultural aspects that make up Melbourne.


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Rachel McGregor is currently studying a Master of Marketing Communications at the University of Melbourne. Despite being from Australia, Rachel has spent most of her life living overseas. She has lived in five different countries and travelled to every continent except Antarctica. In her free time Rachel loves to read, drink coffee and binge watch just about everything on Netflix.