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The 2012 Melbourne Festival Official Opening Night Tonight

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The 2012 Melbourne Festival kicks off this week, bringing the city to life with exceptional performances, exhibitions and events. For 17 days in October, theatres, galleries, and streets will be filled with ‘a kaleidoscope of exhilarating events, both home-grown and from around the world, hand-picked by Artistic Director Brett Sheehy to satisfy all tastes’.

This year’s program has something for every age, appetite and budget and STUDIO is excited about what’s on offer. Whether you live in Melbourne or you’re visiting for the Festival, don’t miss these events:

Never Did Me Any Harm: Sydney Theatre Company and contemporary dance company Force Majeure unite for Never Did Me Any Harm. Set in a suburban backyard and inspired by The Slap, the dance theatre work deals with parenting and childhood.

La Soirée: A theatrical phenomenon that has taken the world by storm. The show blends a unique cocktail of cabaret, new burlesque and circus sideshow at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre.

Freeway – The Chet Baker Journey: Tim Draxl stars in an intimate show that combines fragments of Chet Baker’s prodigious career and self-destructive life as the James Dean of Jazz.

Foxtel Festival Hub: Curated by internationally renowned festival producers Strut & Fret, the Foxtel Festival Hub is located in the heart of the festival precinct. With a roster of circus, cabaret, music, comedy, and performances from Boy George, Paul Capsis, La Soirée and so much more, the Foxtel Festival Hub is not to be missed.

For more information go to the Melbourne Festival website or checkout the program online.