A creative capital
Creativity is woven into the cultural fabric of Melbourne and expressed in a multitude of forms.
Melbourne’s passion for the arts is inexhaustible. So many and varied are the city’s theatres, band rooms, galleries and festivals that regardless of the time of year, there’s sure to be an exhibition, discussion, performance or event that captures your imagination. Be prepared to be entertained, motivated, inspired, intrigued and surprised.
Catch a world class theatre production in Melbourne’s East End Theatre District or immerse yourself in Melbourne’s Arts Precinct, home to The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Australia’s oldest and largest gallery and the Arts Centre Melbourne.
Numerous independently run galleries can also be found scattered throughout the city. Top picks for viewing contemporary Australian art and design are Buxton Contemporary, Flinders Lane Gallery and Lyon Housemuseum and Galleries. Combine the above and you’ll discover the breadth of Melbourne’s art scene extends well beyond the conventional and the expected.
Walk one city block in Melbourne and it is easy to see why the city sits alongside the likes of Berlin, London and New York as one of the street art capitals of the world. On any given day, locals and visitors can be found exploring the city’s labyrinth of laneways, streets, facades and venues, appreciating the many forms of contemporary urban art throughout the city. Key street art hotspots include: Hosier Lane, AC/DC Lane, Duckboard Place, Croft Alley and Tattersalls Lane.
Inner city neighbourhoods
This constant changing tapestry also extends into many of the city’s inner suburban neighbourhoods, including St Kilda, Fitzroy, Collingwood, Brunswick and Footscray.
Melbourne is home to many distinct neighbourhoods, each of which possesses its own individual heartbeat, culture and creativity. Visitors who venture out to the suburbs surrounding the city discover quickly there are endless restaurants, shops and experiences to explore.
From the effortlessly cool northern suburbs, to the chic south, and the multicultural and creative precincts of the west – Melbourne’s eclectic neighbourhoods on the city fringe offer endless possibilities, just a tram or train ride away.
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