Taking the place of the Melbourne International Arts Festival and White Night Melbourne, RISING is the city’s major festival of the night. It’s a bold artistic reflection of the city now, that radiates interlocking circles of experience and connection under the light of the moon.

The festival’s focus on epic and intimate public art is designed to democratise art with its program of accessible, collaborative, participatory commissions.

To do that RISING is committed to ongoing investment in new works of scale and ambition from Victorian and Australian artists; and to tell both contemporary and thousands-of-years-old First Peoples stories. RISING’s a diverse festival for a diverse city.

Artistic Directors: Hannah Fox and Gideon Obarzanek

Executive Director: Kath M Mainland CBE

2022: 1—12 June

2021: 26 May—6 June