Updated closure information

Current at 12:25pm 14 March 2020

Scheduled performances and events will continue Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March, based on the health recommendation provided to the states and territories provided at COAG yesterday.

Please note New Order and the promoters put the health and comfort of their fans first. If you feel uncomfortable about attending the show tonight, you are entitled to a full refund from the point of purchase.

If you are feeling unwell, we request that you do not attend and request a refund.

To reduce risks to health, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl will have additional hand sanitising stations and bars will be cashless.

Request a refund here


Please note that the two remaining performances of Saigon on the 14th and 15th March have been cancelled at the request of the touring company to avoid the possibility of being unable to return to Paris, if a travel ban is put in place by French authorities.

A company spokesperson has said, ‘It has been great meeting the Australian audience and we are sad of this cancellation.’

Ticket holders will receive a full refund on tickets and fees.

Scheduled performances and events include: New Order (Sidney Myer Music Bowl; 14 March); The Australian Ballet’s VOLT (State Theatre, 13–14 March); Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Scheherazade (Hamer Hall, 13–14 March); and Melbourne Theatre Company’s Torch The Place (Fairfax Studio; 13–14 March); A full performance calendar is available here.

“The decision today to continue all scheduled performances over the weekend is made in line with the Prime Minister’s recommendation at today’s COAG meeting that from Monday 16 March mass gatherings of more than 500 people cease.

“This means events and performances will go ahead as planned for this evening, Saturday and Sunday,” said Claire Spencer, Chief Executive Officer of Arts Centre Melbourne.

“At every point of this developing situation we have followed the advice of government and health authorities and this decision is no different.

“Over the weekend we will provide an update on our programming over the following weeks.”

We urge everyone to follow the advice of government health authorities with regard to maintaining good hygiene practices. Additional information is available on the Australian Government Department of Health and VictorianGovernment health.vic websites.

For ticket holders

As per current health advice regarding COVID-19, the following people are advised not to attend performance and instead self-isolate at home and seek medical advice:

Anyone who has a fever or acute respiratory infection and has been in mainland China, Iran, South Korea or Italy or transited through on or after 1 February 2020 until 14 days after they were last in a listed country.

Anyone who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the past 14 days prior to onset of illness.

There is a dedicated Department of Health and Human Services hotline for any person who may develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19: 1800 675 398.

If you are impacted by this health advice regarding attending your performance, please call the point of purchase or our team on 1300 182 183 prior to the performance.

For hirers

Please contact your dedicated Arts Centre Melbourne representative for any queries.

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