Young voices. New narratives. Works in progress.
Future Echoes is Arts Centre Melbourne’s new annual festival of performance made by and with young artists.

Download Festival Timetable  See the FAQs

In the festival’s pilot year, young thinkers and creatives will challenge our thinking with provocations and postcards from the future. Leading youth arts organisations and emerging artists will show us their work in development and invite us into their process. There’ll be opportunities to contemplate, to participate, to experience and to share. There’ll be time for ritual and reflection, time to break bread, and time to celebrate.

Future Echoes is a reverberation of ideas that haven’t yet been sounded, events that will occur in the future but can be seen in the present. Future Echoes is a window into what’s to come.

So join us at Arts Centre Melbourne from October 23 - 26 for performance vibrations from the next generation.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Future Echoes is Arts Centre Melbourne’s new festival of performance made by and with young artists. It is a celebration of young voices, new narratives and works in progress.

Future Echoes is an inclusive, safe and welcoming space, and a remarkable first experience at Arts Centre Melbourne for new artists and audiences alike.

Future Echoes is a festival for everyone. It invites audiences of all ages and all backgrounds to experience, contemplate, participate, celebrate and connect with the next generation of creative thinkers and performance makers at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Future Echoes will take place from October 23 – 26, 2019.

Artist playing times and a full program grid is available online and as a pdf download. Festival information will also be available on the day/s you attend, and on posters around the venues.

Future Echoes takes place on the Arts Centre Melbourne Main Lawn, at Hamer Hall, The Channel, Fairfax Studio, the Ian & Primrose Potter Foyer and the State Theatre Rehearsal Room.

You’ll need a ticket to each individual show unless stated otherwise. You can buy these online, over the phone or at the Arts Centre Melbourne box office.

A 50% discount off your total cart applies if you purchase tickets to more than one performance or activity during Future Echoes, so we encourage to book for a number of events.

For free events, registrations may still be required, so please make sure you book via the above options.

Tickets will be distributed within 7-10 working days of purchase. If you purchase your tickets within 7 days of the performance, session or workshop you are attending, they will be available for collection on the day from Arts Centre Melbourne’s main box office on Level 5 of the Theatres Building (building with spire on top).

Arts Centre Melbourne Arts Centre Melbourne is located at 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004.

By train:
Get off at Flinders Street Station in the Melbourne CBD and walk for a few minutes along St Kilda Road, over Princes Bridge and the Yarra River.

By tram:
Trams that stop in front of Arts Centre Melbourne, "Arts Precinct" stop number 14: 1, 3, 3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72. This tram stop is fully accessible for people who use wheelchairs. Visit the PTV website to find out if your tram route has low floor trams.

By car:
Open 24 hours a day, the Arts Centre Melbourne car park entrance is accessible from 4 Sturt Street. Charges apply.

We encourage festival-goers to join young artists for Breaking Bread, a free communal dining experience taking place at 5pm daily on the Arts Centre Melbourne Main Lawn. You will need to register for this event online.

You can also visit any of Arts Centre Melbourne’s other Food & Beverage venues located within the Theatres Building.

Please note, for the duration of Future Echoes, alcohol will not be available for purchase from the bar in the Ian & Primrose Potter Foyer, in order to create a safe space for artists and audiences of all ages.

Yes, all Arts Centre Melbourne venues are accessible.

All of the Critical Conversations and Provocations & Postcards from the Future taking place in the Ian & Primrose Potter Foyer will be Auslan interpreted.

If you have specific requirements or need further information, please contact 1300 182 183.

Cloaking is available for all shows on Level 5 of Arts Centre Melbourne. The cloak room is to the right of the box office.

Friendly Arts Centre Melbourne staff and volunteers will be identifiable by Future Echoes t-shirts and will be able to provide directions.

Arts Centre Melbourne staff wearing Future Echoes t-shirts are here to support you to have the best experience possible while at the festival. If at any time you feel unsafe, please speak to one of our staff who will be able to assist you.

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