RISING 2023 focuses on the experiential and immersive

The latest edition of Melbourne’s winter festival is a rallying call to the people of Melbourne to embrace cultural experiences in unusual and iconic spaces.

A 10,000-strong kazoo orchestra, a performance featuring 30 locally recruited orphaned adults, and an outdoor concert inspired by the oldest known piece of notated music and featuring up to 1000 community members, are among the array of experiential and participatory works featured in the 2023 program for the winter festival, RISING.

Billed as ‘a festival that you do’ rather than one you passively observe, RISING 2023 is described by its Co-Artistic Directors Hannah Fox and Gideon Obarzanek as ‘a mass celebration of Melbourne’s unique culture in the heart of the city’.

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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