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On the first night of winter, Melbourne is welcoming the return of RISING festival!  

A surge of art, music, performance and ceremony in the heart of Melbourne, RISING has become a popular new festival in Victoria’s cultural calendar, inviting you to get lost, go deep and shake loose. 

Running from 1—12 June 2022, RISING offers an epic program with something for everyone. From visual art, installations, performance and live music to unique food events, there’s heaps to get involved in. 

To help you set your agenda for the festival, we’ve rounded up our top picks on the program over the two-week schedule this year: 

Make sure you have the best spot in the house with these top locations and activations! 

The Wilds

Light, music, food, ice and art will be blooming in the fertile night garden at The Wilds, a moonlit forest of stimulation creating a fluoro fantasy. At the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, you’ll encounter voluminous inflatable sculptures, towering projections and mind-expanding soundscapes in previously inaccessible areas of the iconic venue. 

The Lighthouse

This is RISING’s headline fine-dining experience, led by acclaimed chef David Moyle. Over a multi-course procession of dishes, the experience elevates overlooked ingredients into luxurious forms with a joyous feast honouring the integrated food systems that sustain us all. Ferments, ocean treasures, freshest-of-the-fresh vegetables and a glorious wood-fired rotisserie await. 

Rinky Dink

Tighten your laces and shoot out over the ice at Rinky Dink—RISING’s ice-skating takeover of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl main stage. The sounds of skates shaving ice are back, reverberating around the Bowl as young and old whizz, wobble and glide across the rink while listening to the resident Night Chorus belting out ‘80s and ‘90s hits!  

The Invisible Opera

Slip on a set of headphones and step into The Invisible Opera, a kaleidoscopic trip through the micro and macro dynamics of public space. As the everyday action of Federation Square unfolds, a voice and an all-seeing eye seemingly choreograph and narrate the environment in real time, instantly bringing into question, what is real and who is watching. 

Patricia Piccinini Workshop 

In this special event for young people, Patricia Piccinini will take you on a tour through her exhibition A Miracle Constantly Repeated in the spectacular ballroom, and surrounding rooms, above Flinders Street Station. Discover an eco-system of hyper-real silicone sculptures, enormous dioramas and sentient saplings.  

And while you’re in town for this unmissable festival, why not come and stay at one of our luxury boutique hotels? Ovolo South Yarra and Laneways By Ovolo offer the perfect accommodation for you to rest & recharge at during your visit.  

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