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Arts and Culture

It’s no secret that Victoria is the cultural capital of Australia. The arts live in our laneways and our libraries, in our cafes and galleries, in our concert halls and sticky carpet band rooms.

Victoria's arts scene is characterised by diversity, excellence and innovation, encompassing 150-year-old cultural institutions, world-renowned companies and groundbreaking emerging artists. We are home to the oldest orchestra and the longest running professional theatre company in the country, as well as the Australian Ballet. We also boast one of the top three comedy festivals in the world, an internationally renowned music scene and a creative underbelly of artist-run spaces and initiatives.

Our landmark, state-owned arts and cultural institutions attract more than 10 million visitors each year, and offer a diversity of experiences for people of all ages. They include Australia’s most visited art gallery, museum and library, and busiest performing arts centre complex. They are keepers of collections valued at $5 billion - ranging from Phar Lap’s hide to John Brack’s iconic work, Collin’s St 5pm; Ned Kelly’s armour to Kylie’s gold hotpants. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is the only facility of its kind in the country, as is the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas.

The arts improve the social fabric of Victoria and contribute to the liveability of our state, they enrich our communities, and can have profound impacts on areas such as health and education. Recognising this wealth of social, cultural and economic benefits, the Victorian Government – through Creative Victoria – offers the sector a wide range of support.

From individual project grants to investment in a wide range of arts organisations, regional programming to arts education initiatives, sector capacity building to support for Indigenous artists, the Creative Victoria is working to ensure that our rich arts scene continues to prosper.