Major events under review

White Night, Winter Masterpieces and other blockbusters are under review in an attempt to keep Victorian tourism competitive.
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Wonderland at White Night Melbourne. Photo by John Gollings

The Andrews Government has announced a review of Victoria’s major events program in order to ensure the state maintains its status as Australia’s major events capital.

Victoria currently attracts 2.3 million international tourists each year, equal to Queensland, thanks in part to a diverse calendar of major events including White Night Melbourne, and the blockbuster exhibition program Melbourne Winter Masterpieces – which this year focus on the career and legacy of musician David Bowie.

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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