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Support RISING

To make the festival happen, and to ensure we provide amazing festival experiences for everyone, we rely on your support.

As a non-profit organisation, every gift we receive helps us to support Melbourne's culture and creativity by commissioning new works, showcasing First Nations programming and ensuring the festival is accessible to everyone.

Consider contributing to one of RISING's annual giving areas below or join our RISING Constellations donor program to receive exclusive access, invitations and priority ticketing.

All donations or $2 or more are 100% tax-deductible.

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Our Annual Giving Areas


Over 1 million people have engaged with RISING’s free events since 2022, bringing new, diverse audiences to the city for accessible arts programming.
Each year, RISING embraces the diverse needs of people who experience marginalisation and have historically encountered barriers to participating in the arts. We do this by prioritising artist relationships, ensuring works have access and inclusion provisions in their core design, and that long-term, reciprocal and meaningful relationships are developed with community groups.

Consider becoming a supporter of RISING today and directly contribute to our ability to offer free experiences, keep our ticket prices low and ensure the festival is accessible to everyone.

DONATE TO Access and Inclusion


RISING is committed to showcasing and celebrating First Nations programming, and amplifying the many voices, stories and cultures of communities. By supporting RISING, donors contribute to vital initiatives that support First Nations artists and create opportunities for cultural exchange, both fostering new relationships and space for creative development.

Investing in First Nations programming not only honours the expansive cultural heritage of the nation, it also provides opportunities for audiences to connect with First Nations’ stories and cultures. Your support makes a difference in driving social change, and promoting inclusivity and understanding within our communities.



One of RISING’s distinguishing features is its emphasis on new commissions by leading Australian and international artists, as well as large-scale, participatory public art events.

Over the past few years, RISING has commissioned and presented more than 60 works including Stephanie Lake Company’s Manifesto, Julian Rosefeldt’s Euphoria and the largest commission of First Peoples contemporary art in Victoria’s history, Shadow Spirit.

Looking to the future, with your support, RISING will continue to commission projects of artistic and cultural significance.

DONATE TO Commissioning


RISING is a major cultural event, centred on the idea that culture is a human right and an essential service for all. The festival aims to be an expression of Melbourne’s identity, its people and its creative talent.

We invite all to participate, to be represented or just be present. Since 2022, RISING has engaged over 1,700 artists and welcomed over 1.3 million audiences to nearly 700 performances.

RISING invests in art, artists and audiences, who make Melbourne feel alive each winter. Your support of RISING is essential to delivering the impact on the city we seek to achieve.

We can't do this without your help.



Leaving a gift in your Will, no matter the shape or amount, is an enduring way to help RISING thrive and to be enjoyed by future generations.

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  • The Wilds, RISING 2022. PHOTO: Eugene Hyland
  • Manifesto by Stephanie Lake Company, 2022. PHOTO: Sam Roberts and Roy Vandervegt
  • Tiirtjingalpai, Rene Wanuny Kulitja, Shadow Spirit 2023. PHOTO: Eugene Hyland
  • 10,000 Kazoos by Ciaran Frame, 2023. PHOTO: Shannyn Higgins
  • Golden Square, RISING 2022. PHOTO: Remi Chauvin
  • Kaleidoscope by Keith Courtney, 2022. PHOTO: Ian Laidlaw
  • Pendulum by Lucy Guerin & Matthias Schack-Arnott, 2021. PHOTO: Gregory Lorenzutti
  • Wandering Stars by The Lantern Company, RISING 2021.
  • Still Lives by Luke George and Daniel Kok, 2022. PHOTO: Michelle Li
  • Wurukur Djuanduk Balag — Ancestors are Calling by Dr Lou Bennett AM, 2022. PHOTO: Miles Bennett
  • OH DEER by Aphids, 2023. PHOTO: Michael Pham

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