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Festival Highlights

Melbourne Festival’s Art & Architecture Trail is undoubtedly the highlight of our programme but there is much more to enjoy each year.

Each year over 140 professional artists exhibit their work in 70 venues around the heart of Melbourne. The Artists Call for Entries for 2019 will open in February. Each year we try to include as broad a spectrum of mediums, styles and materials and try to achieve a mix of new artists with artists who have exhibited at Melbourne before to keep the Trail fresh.

Other highlights of the Art Trail include the exhibition of work by young East Midlands Artists shortlisted for Melbourne Festival Emerging Artists Award at Melbourne Assembly Rooms in High Street. The 2018 winner was Rachel Alexandre. The quality, and variety of entries was excellent this year and we are looking forward to seeing how our young artists develop. 

Possibly the most entertaining parts of the 2018 Festival were the family activities. In 2018 we helped “The Tiger Who Came to Tea” celebrate its 50th Birthday at Melbourne Festival with guest appearances by THE TIGER, Sophie and Mummy and storytelling each day. Art by local Schools inspired by our memories of WW1 was exhibited in Pool Cottage Gardens and Melbourne Fire Station.

Each year Melbourne Festival Art & Architecture Trail has a special project and a theme linked to projects within the community. In 2018 our main prject was PopUp Poppies Melbourne creating 4680 Poppies to commemorate the Grenadier Guards who died in WW1. 

Although the Art & Architecture Trail has become the biggest part of the Melbourne Festival Music and Performances are still important. Our programme featured a mix of local groups and other talent. Highlights last year were Open Road Productions with highlights from their three recent shows – Grace The Lighthouse Girl, The Same Sky and Silver Darling, AND Wil Pearson in Cabaret crooning his way through classic jazz and blues numbers.