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What’s on at the ‘Rising Festival’ 2024

‘RISING’ festival, situated in the vibrant core of Naarm/Melbourne, celebrates fresh expressions of art, music, and performances running June 1-16.

Credit: RISING 2024 Media Centre

Sky Ferreira: Credit: RISING 2024 Media

Over 100 rich and provocative events will take place throughout Swanston Street, featuring musical and theatre performances, installations, and much more that highlight Melbourne’s diverse and innovative culture.

Noteworthy musical performances include international star Sky Ferreira on June 4, whose album ‘Night Time, My Time’ reminisces on a 2010s grunge-Tumblr aesthetic. Melbourne’s own Good Morning, are celebrating its latest release ‘Good Morning Seven’ at the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall on the 6th.

‘Night Trade’ is making a welcome return in 2024 at the Capitol Arcade, “honouring the bohemian spirit that lives under the theatre’s crystalline cave” with a free exhibition highlighting some of Melbourne’s best DJ’s, bars and art throughout the festival. Situated under the Capitol Theatre and connecting through to Howey Place, the night market seeks to “spread festival buzz and good vibes”.

Night Trade: Credit: RISING 2024 Media Centre

Continuing with RISING’s free events, ideal for students seeking activities that won't drain a week's wages. The Capitol Theatre is running the ‘24 Hour Rock Show’ a 24-hour marathon of “obscure gems screened alongside cult classics about the Rolling Stones, Björk, and David Bowie”. Patrons are encouraged to drop in throughout the screening, starting at noon on June 8.

24-hour Rock Show Credit: RISING 2024 Media Centre

The Blak Infinite transforms Federation Square into “a constellation of art and stories that share First Peoples futures, connections to the cosmos, and political discourse.” This collection of free art installations is spread across Melbourne, celebrating leading First Nations artists and writers. This collection of work offers alternative perspectives of seeing the world and speaks to the limitless sovereign connections upheld among communities in Naarm.

Tony Albert Credit: RISING 2024 Media Centre

If you’re willing to pay a little bit more for an immersive experience, Geoff Sobelle’s ‘FOOD’ invites patrons to an “intimate dinner party performance, serving absurdist meditation on the ways and whys of eating.” Past reviews of this experience have called it a “sensational event, part meditation, part conjuration”. Sobelle’s miraculous experience runs from May 31 to June 8 at The Lawler, Southbank Theatre.

FOOD: Credit: RISING 2024 Media Centre

RISING co-artistic directors Hannah Fox and Gideon Obarzanek say “RISING 2024 is a festival that belongs to Naarm, Melbourne”, highlighting “some of the most exciting voices in art, music and performance”. 

Audiences are encouraged to experience the transformation of Swanston Street and the celebration of diverse, current talent and showcases.

More information about dates, tickets, and programming can be found at


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