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The Melbourne International Arts Festival connects you to the community in genres like art, theatre, music, dance and more. Running from 2-20 Oct 2019 Artistic Director Jonathan Holloway has in his final Festival put together the epic and the intimate, some magic and truth and endless opportunities to truly connect. Immerse yourself in experiences that'll give you what you want but not what you expect.

Check the full Program Guide online if you haven't picked up your hardcopy in popular cafes, cultural institutions, bars and more. Check HERE for all your ticketing info, packages and discounts at various Festival Venues in the CBD, Southbank, Preston, Caulfield East, Newport, Toorak and North Melbourne. Get the FAQs HERE.

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There are FREE events to be enjoyed like the annual transformation of the Melbourne Art Trams. Every year eight artists recreate and makeover a tram each, bringing colour to Melbourne streets. Tanderrum kicks off this Festival on 2 Oct in a ceremony that brings together the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung language groups of the Eastern Kulin Nation; a ceremony of celebration that reaches across Aboriginal time.

Mirror on Melbourne sees the Spiegeltent play host to live acts spanning jazz through DJs, delivering a local stamp on this iconic space. The Sunday sessions celebrate leading Indigenous and multicultural voices defining who we are, as one, in Melbourne. There are 7 other freebie events to enjoy that includes a sonic adventure, otherworldly digital art, excerpts from fresh new scripts by cutting edge First Nations Playwrights, art, one of the most depressing events of the year, and the Conversation Hour live with Jon Faine, a veteran broadcaster in his final year on air.

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Gender Euphoria

The iconic Spiegeltent is hosting five events, two of which are amongst the freebie list. In What Girls Are Made Of you'll find theatre that rarely comes with a setlist like this, performed by a live band. Gender Euphoria brings together Australia's biggest lineup of Trans and gender-diverse performers in music, dance, comedy, burlesque, circus, and poetry to seduce and transport you. The unmissable mentalist and illusionist Scott Silven is here to take you on an intimate walk through the corridors of the mind with impossible acts of mind reading and uncanny predictions. Get your tickets early so as not to be disappointed.

Theatre; Dance; Music; and Visual Arts complete the exciting genres to witness and engage with at this Arts Festival with tickets to Colossus and High Performance Packing Tape selling fast. With 50 dancers on stage in Colossus, it's a dizzying mass of pulsating bodies with complex patterns rippling through the flood of figures. The sheer energy of the mass of performers is bound to leave you all agog.

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Colossus

High Performance Packing Tape on the other hand, has but one lone performer. An OH&S nightmare, performer Lee Wison scales collapsing towers, hangs precariously from bridges unable to carry his weight and more. The suspense might be killing you, but it's Wilson's neck that's on the line. The sound and visual artists create an immersive sensory world that'll draw you deep into the action.

For a bit of timeout in between shows, before or after, check out the Time Out Festival Feasts that caters to all tastes and budgets. All in close proximity of Festival Venues, pre-booking is highly recommended. Show your Festival Ticket for special Festival Offers at participating restaurants. There's certainly a lot to choose from to suit all palates.

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Why? Melbourne International Arts Festival 2019
When: 2-20 Oct 2019
Where: Various venues including the Spiegeltent
Cost: Various costs
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