Broaden Your Mind at Melbourne International Arts Festival Festival

Prepare to have your mind blown at this year’s Melbourne International Arts Festival - a celebration of art, dance, music and performance.

One of the more unique festivals on Melbourne’s burgeoning festival calendar, Melbourne International Arts Festival (MIAF) will have something that’ll delight and surprise festival goers from all walks of life - this is one that shouldn't be missed!

Fire GardenFire Garden by Compagnie Carbosse. Photo: Vincent Muteau


Be enchanted by a performance by the Silk Road Ensemble or literally get lost going through door after door in the interactive exhibition 1000 Doors. See the Royal Botanic Gardens go up in flames, with firey urns causing shadows and light to flicker and dance across the gardens or oooh and ahhh all night long at Lexicon, a daring, seductive and utterly contemporary circus performance. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s on during MIAF, so make sure to have a read of their program guide for the bigger picture.

The City of Melbourne will also come alive, with partner restaurants and bars (including Bomba, Pastuso and Rice Paper Sister, just to name a few!) giving festival attendees a free drink to go with their meal when dining pre or post show! 

Sound like your type of party? Be in Melbourne from the 3rd – 21st of October and we’ll see you at MIAF!

LexiconLexicon. Photo by: Mark Robson

Where to stay?

Melbourne Central YHA is your Melbourne International Arts Festival accommodation hub. The property is right in the heart of the city and is close to the majority of festival locations. Plus they’ve got a variety of room types with great prices and a sweet bar where you can enjoy a bev or two before heading out for a stellar MIAF experience.

Melbourne Central YHA Bar

Nearby Hostels

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    Melbourne Central YHA
    A short walk from Southern Cross Railway Station and the Skybus Terminal, Melbourne Central YHA backpacker hostel is right in the heart of Melbourne.
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    Melbourne Metro YHA
    Only a short free tram ride to the CBD and close to the University of Melbourne and Queen Victoria Market. Melbourne Metro YHA has everything you need for a great stay in cultural Melbourne.
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