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Lowering ourselves to Rising

While Victorians can’t afford their bills, they’re paying for a post-modern horror show

1 June 2024

9:00 AM

1 June 2024

9:00 AM

Melbourne’s CBD is a grim place, so why anyone would want to make it even grimmer is a mystery. Yet this is precisely what the artistic directors behind Rising, Melbourne’s third annual taxpayer-funded arts festival, have set out to do. Having decided that last year’s free kazoos, ice-skating rink and nightly moon worshipping were insufficiently woke, this year they are offering an intersectional rave for the disabled, queer Filipino ghost stories, and an unconscious artist simulating her own sexual assault on stage.

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Dr Bella d’Abrera is the Director of the Foundations of Western Civilisation Program at the Institute of Public Affairs

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