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SummerSalt Outdoor Arts Festival 2015

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Soak up some FREE culture this January

Who needs a beach holiday in January? Who needs sand in their butt, sunburn and battling traffic jams on Nepean Highway. Many of us would rather stay home in sophisticated Melbourne soaking up some great culture.

One place to do this is at the brand new SummerSalt Outdoor Arts Festival which will envelop the tiny suburb of Southbank over five weekends from January 23.

Events will either be free or low-cost live and include music, dance, circus, installations, circus acts and theatre.

Exxopolis, that inflatable wonderland you can walk through, wrap="0

And the whole area is a stage with performances held in various outdoor terraces, gardens, forecourts and temporary stages around Melbourne's arts precinct.

This fabulous Arts precinct includes organisations such as the Arts Centre Melbourne, ABC, Australian Centre for Contemporary Arts, Chunky Move, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet and the Victorian College of the Arts.

That's a lot of talent squeezed into the few blocks that make up Southbank.

Puck the baby dino - kids should love this installations

The program is enormous with both free and many low cost events. There will be late night music events, cinema, dance, drama art and all kinds of incredibly creative pop-ups.

Highlights include Home, which will see 7,000 colourful wooden houses popping up across the city. Then there is Creature Features, a series of giant inflatable animal installations.

Exxopolis, that inflatable wonderland you can walk through, will be with us again.

There will be free concerts at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra that I have detailed in full. Click here.

MSO concerts

Dodds St will be transformed into a giant chessboard awaiting human pieces. Sounds tantalising!

The closing weekend coincides with White Night Melbourne. You will be able to see Pixel Mountain, a specially constructed 10 metre wall that will act as a performance area for highly exuberant aerial dancing and interactive projection work.

For more information and to view the full SummerSalt Outdoor Arts Festival 2015 program of events, click here.

It is worth getting on their mailing list as there are some amazing events afoot.

During the day, families families rule with lots of fun free and low cost events such as itheatre, puppetry, storytelling, giant art installations and workshops. Perfect for the school holidays.

Families can dress up in Opera Australia's costumes on the weekend in this free event

And in the evening Southbank comes alive with outdoor concerts, street-art, theatre and cinema.

To help your hip pocket here is a link to the free events and activities here.
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Why? Loads of free and cheap entertainment for everyone
When: 23 January 21 February 2015
Where: Southbank
Cost: Free and low cost
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