Melbourne International Arts Festival

When: 2 - 20 October
Where: Various locations across Melbourne
How much: See individual events for booking details
More info: Melbourne International Arts Festival website

The Melbourne International Arts Festival has been running for 35 years – a testament to a city that champions the arts and endorses new and ambitious ideas. The festival’s artistic director, Jonathon Holloway, asks a defining question: ‘what do you give a city that’s got everything?’ In short, Jonathon says, it’s about one thing: connection. This year he looks for new and unexpected ways to connect Melbourne and the rest of the world, to connect a complex past with an emerging future, to connect the passion of artists with the prose of society and to allow us all to connect with each other in new spaces and contexts.

Our personal highlights:

The End of Eddy
Union Theatre and Untitled Projects (UK) presents the coming-of-age story of Édouard Louis. Growing up gay and poor in rural France, facing homophobia and a school culture of bullying, Eddy’s story is the story of finding a way out. More info here.

A long awaited follow up to ‘Who’s Afraid of the Working Class’, Anthem asks a bold question: does Australia share a dream and do we really sing with one voice? Directed by Susie Dee, Anthem is a funny and ferocious portrait of a country unable to reconcile its past. More info here.

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes
Created by Geelong based theatre, ‘Back to Back’, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes is a frank and open conversation about a history we would prefer not to know and a future veering fast out of control. Led by five activists with intellectual disabilities, the performance reminds us that no one is self-sufficient and all of us are responsible. More info here.

[Image: courtesy of Melbourne International Arts Festival]