The new Melbourne Festival was set to launch in 2020, now it’s been postponed

The new Melbourne Festival was set to launch in 2020, now it’s been postponed

The Flaming Lips perform at the 2019 Melbourne International Arts Festival
Pic by Josh Braybrook

They’ve made the call regarding the inaugural event.

Melbourne Festival, which has also been known as Melbourne International Arts Festival, was set to launch a reimagined event in 2020. Now the festival has made the decision to postpone its inaugural event until 2021.

The festival welcomed performances from the likes of The Flaming Lips, Kamasi Washington and Joan As Police Woman in 2019. Other highlights of the program included the experimental dance production Rite of Spring as well as The Nico Project, which paid tribute to the late pop culture icon.

There has been no information regarding how the reimagined event will look but the festival won’t be taking any chances as it prepares its next chapter.

Co-artistic directors Hannah Cox and Gideon Obarzanek shared their disappointed about the situation.

As people in the business of gatherings and live experiences, it’s hard to comprehend what this global issue will mean for the way we operate, consume art and socialise. We are worried for the full spectrum of artists, our colleagues and the whole community and hope that some unity and new ideas can be found in mass isolation,” they said.

“It’s heartening to see the ingenuity, resourcefulness, trench humour and generosity already being exhibited by our community and we will be contributing as much as we can in all of these areas as we reshape the festival for 2021.”  

Keep an eye out for when Melbourne Festival reveals more details on it’s reimagined 2021 event.