2015 Melbourne Festival celebrates 30 years of presenting the world’s best arts experiences to local audiences. The 2015 Melbourne Festival reveals a strong focus on writing, literary adaptations, collaborations, opportunities for debate and discussion, and a feast of world class performances from local and international artists.
Highlights of this years festival include the West End smash hit adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece 1984, Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison gives further voice to Shakespeare’s most fiery angel with Desdemona, celebrate the 40th anniversary of Patti Smith’s seminal Horses album with the help of musical genius Courtney Barnett and friends, and shine a spotlight on New York’s and Melbourne’s trailblazing creative independent theatre artists.
With eight world premieres, 17 Australian premieres, 15 events exclusive to Melbourne Festival – including Flight Facilities with the MSO, Batsheva Dance Company’s Last Work, NYC’s PS122 and Belgium dance theatre mavericks Peeping Tom – plus five specially commissioned works, and the largest program yet of free ancillary events to encourage debate in the Festival’s history, 2015 is also a truly international program. Over 18 days in October, the Festival will present 74 events by artists and companies from countries including Iceland, Faroe Islands, Israel, UK, Mali, USA, China, Sweden, France, Canada and Germany.
Josephine Ridge said: “It is a special honour to be the Artistic Director of Melbourne Festival in its 30th year. Milestones such as this present the opportunity to reflect on the traditions that make this Festival great. They also give us pause to think about the present and our role as a contributor to contemporary Melbourne life.
“One of our most sustained traditions, the Quartets at Sunset at the Collins Street Baptist Church, returns for the conclusion of the three year project, Haydn for Everyone. And one of our newest but vitally important traditions, Tanderrum, will open this 30th program.
”The sophistication, irreverence, audacity and creative intelligence of Melbourne’s independent theatre scene is one of the most rewarding aspects of living here, and the Festival continues to mine the depths of creativity with the many partnerships with other artists and organisations that make the cultural life of this city so extraordinarily rich. We also place an examining lense on some burning issues of today.”
The 30th Melbourne Festival takes place from 8 to 25 October 2015, for more information and for tickets please click here.