Perfectly positioned in the south-east of Australia the city of Melbourne is well known for being the cultural capital of the country. It is the second largest city in Australia and features lots of theatres, concert halls, galleries and other venues which are constantly showcasing a wide range of stage performances, musical concerts, art exhibitions and theatrical plays. This vibrant city has a rich cultural background in performing and visual arts and throughout the year plays host to many of Australia's major cultural events. It was also the host of the 1956 Summer Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Over the years the city of Melbourne has attracted people from all over the world to see the exhibitions and shows that are performed in the city's venues. All of this art and culture has contributed to the development of Melbourne as a very dynamic and cosmopolitan city which prouds itself of its heritage and sophisticated sense of style.
Some of the places of artistic and cultural significance in Melbourne are :
- Arts Centre - located on St Kilda Road in Southbank and easy to spot because of its 'Eiffel Tower' like spire the arts centre features numerous stages for live performances and unique exhibits on a variety of themes throughout the year.
- National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) - located in St Kilda Road next to the Arts Centre the NGV contains lots of fascinating works of art for local and international painters, as well as special exhibits several times a year.
- Princess Theatre - this popular theatre is located on Spring Street in the CBD near the intersection for Nicholson Street and plays host to a wide variety of stage shows and performances throughout the year.
- Esplanade Hotel St Kilda - this alternative hotel in St Kilda overlooks the bay and is the unoffical home of live band music in Melbourne. At the Esplanade Hotel you will be able to see lots of different bands playing all night long over serval different stages.
- Regent Theatre - in the centre of the CBD on Collins Street (opposite the Melbourne Town Hall and near the intersection of Swanston Street) is this quality theatre which has plenty of enterainment for young and old.
- Hammer Hall - situated on St Kilda Road just over the Princes Bridge from the Flinders Street train station this popular concert hall hosts many musical masterpieces and performances all year round.
- Her Majesty's Theatre - found on Exhibition Street in the city centre between Lonsdale and Little Bourke Streets this historic theatre always has a fascinating stage show, play or theatrical performance for travellers to Melbourne to watch.