State Government Victoria

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.

Female opera performer on stage in a kimono.

Madama Butterfly by Opera Australia.

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