Arts in Victoria
From the 150 year old history of our major cultural institutions to the work that's being created right now by emerging artists, there are plenty of reasons why Victoria is considered Australia's arts capital.
Victoria's arts scene is characterised by diversity, excellence, innovation and a propensity to mix things up.
We are home to the oldest orchestra in the country, the longest running professional theatre company and the national ballet company and school. We are also home to one of the top three comedy festivals in the world, strong independent theatre and contemporary music scenes and a creative underbelly of artist-run spaces and initiatives.
From the grand to the grungy, indoor and out, we invite you to explore the Arts in Victoria. Peruse our showcase by following the links on the left hand side of this page and find out about the artists, organisations, festivals, collections, spaces and places that earn us the reputation of Australia's cultural capital.
Cheap Arts: entertainment on a shoestring.
Looking for ideas for things to do? Our Cheap Arts Guide features a selection of some of the great art and entertainment Victoria has on offer for under $25 - view or download the Cheap Arts Guide here.
Madama Butterfly by Opera Australia.
Photo: Jeff Busby