Melbourne is a city of festivals where every day is a celebration of art, culture, sport and food. A city rich with history and personality, you can spend weeks exploring Melbourne’s vibrant suburbs, days discovering its many secret laneways and hours reading a good book in one of its many cafés. Given the city’s reputation as a hub of creative talent, it comes as no surprise that Melbourne continues to inspire writers, from Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap) to Helen Garner (Monkey Grip).
With a proud literary heritage, Melbourne was internationally recognised in 2008, when the city was designated as the world's second UNESCO City of Literature, part of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network.
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Eating and drinking
Melbourne’s reputation for culinary excellence is expressed in the outstanding assortment of cafés, restaurants and bars that colour the city. From cheap eats to fine dining, Mexican mole to Shanghai dumplings, the city has it covered. Check out melbourne.vic.gov.au/whatson for a taste of the city’s best places to eat and drink, but as always, the best way to discover the unknown is to follow your nose.
Getting to the festival
View the festival venues and transport options here.