The Melbourne Festival starts today, celebrating 30 years as a festival that brings international arts to Melbourne. The festival is one of Australia’s flagship international arts festivals and one of the major multi-arts festivals of the world, in terms of quality of work, innovation of vision, and scale and breadth of program.

The festival brings together an unparalleled array of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events from renowned and upcoming Australian and International companies and artists. Melbourne Festival is a key destination festival within Australia’s cultural calendar, ensuring interstate and international visitation by exclusively debuting and premiering some of the finest national and international artists and companies, and by ensuring that the only place in Australia that many of the key festival projects are seen is in Melbourne.

Melbourne Festival has teamed up with some of the city’s best dining establishments to keep Festival-goers nourished during the Festival. Whether it’s for an entrée or an encore this year’s restaurant partners cater to all tastes and budgets, all within close distance to Festival venues and transport hubs. Festival Feasts include very special offers for ticket holders during the Melbourne Festival period.


Each venue has a special offer available for ticket holders during the Melbourne Festival period. Some of the venues include Sake, who are offering a complimentary matched sake taster when you dine on the pre-theatre menu, Arbory, who are offering Chef Nick Bennet’s specially created soft-shell crab burger plus a class of selected wine or beer for $18, Grand Trailer Park Taverna who are offering a free small chips with any burger purchase, Om Nom are offering 15% off the total bill for ticket holders and La Vita Buona are offering a complimentary glass of wine with a main meal purchased over the value of $25 from 4pm.

At the centre of the Festival is the Foxtel Festival Hub which features a riverfront lounge; an al fresco café; a beer and cider bar; and a live music venue – the Hub will light up the banks of the Yarra for 15 days and nights of October. Located on the riverbank between Princes Bridge and the boat sheds, this versatile venue is equal parts pop-up, drop-in, wine and dine, stay and play destination. With food from Mesa Verse serving delicious Mexican inspired food, Kirin featuring their unique range of craft beers and ciders, as well as Mojo Winemaker serving some of their beautiful wines, visitors can relax and enjoy the atmosphere. With a stellar line up of local, national and international musicians from techno and electronic to R&B, reggae, indie, pop, rock and post punk, definitely head to the Hub to be part of the Melbourne Festival.

The Foxtel Festival Hub is open from Friday 9 – Sunday 26 October (Tues to Fri 4pm to late and Sat & Sun 12pm-late)

For more information on the Melbourne Festival including the program and tickets visit

Information on Festival Feasts can be found at

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