Thu 6 Oct 2016 to Sun 23 Oct 2016

From contemporary dance on ice, to fireworks, percussion and CBD street takeovers, to some of the world’s greatest theatre makers locally and internationally including Canada’s Robert Lepage and Geelong’s Back to Back Theatre, Jonathan Holloway’s first Melbourne Festival program presents an assortment of familiar and unknown, local and far-flung, large-scale and intimate productions embodying the spirit of Australia’s most surprising city.

Over 18 days this October, the Festival will present 62 events and 207 performances by artists and companies from countries including Spain, Canada, Germany, UK, China, USA, France, Ireland, Japan and Australia. With 10 world premieres, and 18 Australian premieres and events exclusive to Melbourne, the 2016 highlights, drawn from a spectacular line-up of dance, theatre, circus, contemporary and classical music, visual arts and free events.

Listen back to Jonathon Holloway's interview on The Breakfast Spread here, or go here for more Melbourne Festival information.