Melbourne’s RISING festival is giving 15,000 free tickets to health and education frontline workers

Melbourne’s RISING festival is giving 15,000 free tickets to health and education frontline workers

The Wilds. Credit: Eugene Hyland

RISING and the State Government are offering free tickets to essential workers to attend 'The Wilds', one of the festival's most highly anticipated events.

As a big thank you from all Victorians, RISING festival in conjunction with Andrews Labor Government is offering the state’s health and education frontline workers 15,000 free tickets to RISING’s signature event The Wilds.

Nurses, doctors, teachers and childcare workers are among the frontline workers to receive tickets to The Wilds, which will take over Sidney Myer Music Bowl in June. An immersive winter fantasy of ice, art, food and performance, The Wilds brings together the very best of Melbourne, in a fluoro fantasy of art, food, performance and participation that will lead audiences on a sensory adventure through the entire iconic venue – from its luscious outdoor gardens, through its rarely seen backstage spaces, and even across the fabled stage itself.

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The free ticket allocation recognises the extraordinary efforts of Victoria’s health and education workers during the coronavirus fight, offering them the opportunity to enjoy this unique creative experience in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Tickets will be available exclusively to Victorian frontline workers in the education and health sectors.

“No one understands the recent challenges faced by our community better than Victoria’s frontline workers,” RISING co-Artistic Director Gideon Obarzanek said.

“I’m thrilled that, through this initiative, RISING can throw open the gates to one of the festival’s premier experiences to extend a small gesture of thanks to frontline workers for their tireless work over the past couple of years.”


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Dreamed up by New York-based, Melbourne creative duo Tin & Ed, The Wilds will be a technicolour feast for the senses featuring large-scale inflatable sculptures, towering projections, mind-expanding soundscapes and roving live performances.

Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Scrub Choir will be part of RISING’s Night Chorus, an ensemble of 200 community performers who will enchant audiences as they explore the Bowl. Living up to Melbourne’s reputation as a culinary hub, restaurants including Smith & Daughters and 1800 Lasagne will set up pop-up kitchens on site.

Eligible frontline workers will be able to register their interest through the RISING website – free tickets to The Wilds will be allocated via a ballot system here.

The Wilds opens to the public on Wednesday, 1 June and due to popular demand, the season has already been extended to Sunday, 19 June to make sure more Victorians and visitors can revel in the fun.

Read the announcement here