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Performances, Events and Exhibitions

Live music, circus performances in the Festival Big Top, a series of free concerts at the Bowl, aerial artists and acrobats, contemporary and traditional dance, visual arts exhibitions and installations, outdoor theatre, roving performers, a youth program, Indigenous performances and exhibitions, food & wine events, public dance classes and forums, literature events - Festival Melbourne2006 really has something for everyone. Best of all, everything is free during the Games!

The Festival Guide can also be downloaded in PDF and audio form from OCGC at

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Special Events and Installations

From a flagscape installation to a 14 day residency by four performance artists in the Myer Bourke Street windows; from the Luminarium, an 800 square metre inflatable walk-through sculpture in St Kilda, to the appearance of a classic Aussie beach in the middle of the Arts Centre, these special Festival events and installations shouldn’t be missed.
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Concerts at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Nine free evening concerts featuring international and local superstars of world music, percussion and dance including reggae king Jimmy Cliff; legendary South African diva Miriam Makeba; Cypriot superstar Alkinoos Ioannidis; acclaimed Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie performing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; the remarkable Random Dance from England; and Bollywood at the Bowl, an all-singing, all-dancing, all-sari spectacular.
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Live Music

With over sixty different groups and artists of every description from every corner of the Commonwealth, Festival Melbourne2006 takes you on a magical tour of the best music from around the globe. You’ll find free concerts, recitals, acoustic sets, demonstrations and workshops at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Alexandra Gardens, Federation Square, the Arts Centre and Waterfront City, Docklands.
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A fabulous display of contemporary and traditional dance from around the Commonwealth, from the remarkable athleticism of England’s Random Dance to the rollicking exuberance of Bollywood at the Bowl; from the superb traditional skills of New Zealand’s Te Matarae I Oerehu and Australia’s own Mornington Island Dancers to the cutting edge martial-arts-meets-contemporary-dance of India’s Daksha Sheth Dance Company.
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If it can be beaten, banged or rattled, it will be at Festival Melbourne2006! A remarkable line up of percussionists, both traditional and contemporary, playing every percussive instrument imaginable, will be performing as part of special percussion showcase. And if rhythm is your thing, don’t miss All-Star World Percussion Spectacular at the Bowl, when the percussion stars of the Festival take the stage together.