Like a phoenix from the ashes, RISING returns in June. Book now to see the city transformed by rooftop projection parties, immersive theatre and moonlight ice-skating adventures. 

Can’t decide what to see? Roll the dice on a Lucky Dip ticket and leave it up to fate (or the RISING team). You’ll score entry to two epic events in one night, for only $69. Shows and experiences up for grabs include The Wilds, Golden Square, Tkay Maidza and more.

Don't forget to claim back 25 per cent of your bill on eligible entertainment experiences.

Green lasers light up the Yarra River at night.


1 Jun - 12 Jun

Measuring at nearly 1km in length, this hyper intense laser beam will split through the night sky in June. Hovering above the Yarra River, the beam will appear in a synchronised display of sound, colour and light. Rug up beside the river and witness the spectacle every night of RISING.

Illuminated sculptures and crowds at night beside the blue-lit Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

The Wilds

1 Jun - 19 Jun

Wander among towering installations, epic projections and immersive soundscapes at The Wilds. Sprawling structures and pop-up performances will take over Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The event offers access to previously inaccessible secret spaces of this iconic venue. Don't forget to pre-book your spin around the retro ice-skating rink, where a boisterous choir will belt out a cacophony of 80s and 90s hits.

Two skaters wearing wings, at night with fairy lights to their right.

Golden Square

1 Jun - 12 Jun

See this Chinatown car park transformed from a concrete temple to a mesmerising party palace. Sip cocktails on the Blade Runner-esque rooftop. Explore concrete pillars, glowing pyramids and a capitalist mega-church. Then descend into 'spacetime' for new-wave wine and curious merch grabs.

Pink and green kaleidoscope.


1 Jun - 19 Jun

Enter a supersized illusion of colour, sound and light in this magical hall of mirrors. Created by one of the masterminds behind artistic hits House of Mirrors and 1000 Doors, Kaleidoscope is an immersive experience you need to tick off your list.

A large glass canopy showing large white orb lights inside.

The Lighthouse

1 Jun - 19 Jun

Treat yourself to a deluxe restaurant experience in this expansive, plant-filled glasshouse bistro. Expect wood-fired rotisserie delights, expert matched wines, sustainably sourced ingredients and more. Your reservation includes a trip to The Wilds, a moon-lit after dark art experience like no other.

A person seated on a sofa surrounded by flowers.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

5 Jun - 17 Jul

This new take on Oscar Wilde's Gothic classic is fast becoming Melbourne's must-see winter production. Eryn Jean Norvill takes on the gargantuan task of performing all 26 roles live on stage. It's an Olympic-level storytelling sensation. Think live video, contemporary theatre and old-school drama, all rolled into one unmissable evening.

Person amidst abstract forms.

A Miracle Constantly Repeated, by Patricia Piccinini

8 Nov - 12 Jun

Hidden for decades above the platforms, the mysterious Flinders Street Station ballroom now opens its doors. Behind them, new life forms are revealed. Witness technology and nature combine in an eco-system of hyper-real silicon sculptures. An extraordinary exhibition, by Patricia Piccinini.

More unmissable RISING events

1 Jun - 2 Jun

Sampa the Great

Crossing genres and continents, the visionary rapper returns for two huge shows to open RISING.

1 Jun - 9 Jun

Jim White Residency

Drummer Jim White (Dirty Three) is joined by a string of long-term collaborators.

5 Jun

Tkay Maidza

Afrocentric rap, hip hop and neo-soul from the current crop of Australian greats.

9 Jun - 12 Jun

Japan in Focus

Cementing Melbourne and Japan’s close musical ties is RISING’s Japan in Focus program.

9 Jun - 12 Jun


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