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Festival Melbourne 2006

Ellis and BhekiCelebration. Exploration. Revelation.

As part of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, over 2,500 world-class performing artists from across Australia and the Commonwealth will descend on Melbourne in March for the largest free cultural festival ever held in Australia. 

Festival Melbourne2006 will be an international spectacular with 11 days of non-stop music, dance, circus, street theatre and visual art from all the corners of the Commonwealth in a range of venues across the State, including the great outdoors. And, best of all, everything’s free! 

The city will be buzzing day and night at Federation Square, the Alexandra Gardens, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, the Arts Precinct, Docklands and right across Melbourne. And the excitement will reach out across the state, with regional festivals in Ballarat, Geelong, Moe and Bendigo.  All the colour and talent of the Commonwealth will be on show as we celebrate what we have in common and appreciate what makes us different. Full program details will be available in February, but for a taste of what you can expect, please read on.

Festival Melbourne2006 is proudly supported by the Victorian and Australian Governments and is an integral part of the Melbourne2006 Commonwealth Games.

Concerts at the Bowl

A cavalcade of international and local superstars of world music, percussion and dance.

Circus at the Big Top

A world of circus, dance and physical theatre in Festival Melbourne2006’s own Big Top.
 
Canada's Scrap Arts Music 

Live music at Alexandra Gardens

Two weeks of the most eclectic mix of live music and dance.
Urban Dream Capsule 

Street theatre

Colourful routines and spectacular performances by some of the best artists in the Commonwealth.
Legs on the Wall 

Arts Centre precinct

See the Gallery transformed into a vertical stage while the Lawn becomes a spectacular Aussie beach.

Exhibitions

The Commonwealth comes to life through craft, video, sculpture and painting.
 

Commonwealth Writers' Prize

Rewards and celebrates excellence in contemporary fiction writing.
From How Arnold Won the West, by Alex Cooke 

Film

Documentaries from Kenya to Coburg that show it like it is - new documentaries from around the Commonwealth.
 
The Containers Project 

Youth program

Exploring the connections between the nations of the Commonwealth by young artists and aimed at young audiences.
New Zealand's Strike 

Regional program

Festival Melbourne2006 will be reaching out across the state with festivals in four major Victorian regional centres.
 
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