RISING festival program released: newest reason to love winter unveiled

It's been called ‘the biggest showcase of Victorian artists in the state’s history’, but the new RISING winter festival may just live up to that tag with 12 nights of culture and ceremony at some of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks.

From an aquatic artwork featuring the voices of Victoria’s First Peoples echoing across the city, to a major exhibition by Patricia Piccinini in the long-lost ballroom at Flinders Street Station, Melbourne’s new winter festival RISING looks set to outshine its predecessors following its program launch this week.

Formed by the merger of White Night Melbourne and Melbourne Festival, RISING is described by its co-Artistic Director Gideon Obarzanek as ‘the biggest showcase of Victorian artists in the state’s history. It is a new Major Event for Victoria, and it’s the only one in the state’s Major Events calendar that is not sports-related’.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts