Greater Melbourne
City Portrait

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Dimension profile

Arts & Culture


Arts & culture are a notable part of Melbourne's identity and how people experience the city. Extending from fine arts to sport, theatre to street festivals, heritage architecture to multicultural food offerings, arts & culture in the city provide our diverse communities with relatable platforms for expression and connection with one another and this place. In the same vein, arts & culture play a significant role in engaging with challenging topics and allowing us to imagine and shape the future we want.

Principles for Arts & Culture in a regenerative Melbourne

Arts and culture in a regenerative Melbourne must be:

  • Centred on imagination and creativity to encourage and facilitate wonder, curiosity and innovation
  • Full of hope and possibility for a different future, creating space to question status quo
  • Relationship-based to support connection to community and country
  • Visible in the ways that it values diverse voices in society

What we want



Arts & Culture in Melbourne represent and are accessible to all

What we're measuring 2030 Target Now

Proportion of people age 15+ who have attended cultural venues or events in the last year

Over 80% 61.3%


In Safe Space

The Arts & Culture ecosystem is celebrated and valued socially and economically

What we're measuring 2030 Target Now

Creative sector share of the economy by value

Over 7.5% 7.7%



Arts & Culture in Melbourne are a driver of change and connection to community and place

What we're measuring 2030 Target Now

Proportion of people who feel that creativity and the arts have a big or very big impact on their understanding of other people and cultures

Over 80% 61%

Proportion of people who feel that creativity and the arts have a big or very big impact on their wellbeing and happiness

Over 80% 57%

Proportion of people who feel that creativity and the arts have a big or very big impact on building creative skills that will be necessary for the future workforce

Over 80% 47%

Placing Arts & Culture in the system

Local to global connections

Arts & Culture in Melbourne are intrinsically grounded in and shaped by local identity, talent and place. At the same time, Melbourne’s cultural diversity and role as a globally connected city contribute to the dynamism and uniqueness of our Arts & Culture experiences and sectors. In addition, we both host international cultural events, including major sporting competitions, and share our local talent on international stages. As a result, our cultural assets attract foreign investment and contribute to making Melbourne an attractive place for people all over the world to live.

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How was this dimension developed?

The Arts & Culture dimension of the Greater Melbourne City Portrait, including the conceptual framing and data selection, has been developed in collaboration with sector experts from academia, government and industry. A detailed description of the City Portrait methodology is outlined in the About section of the website.

Where can I access the data?

Data for Arts & Culture, along with the other Social Founation dimensions are available in the Social Foundations Dataset.

For Ecological Celing dimensions, see the Ecological Ceiling Dataset.

Where can I find more information on Arts & Culture in a regenerative Melbourne?

The City Portrait is informed by extensive research and resources on Doughnut Economics and related frameworks, as well as sector-specific research associated with each dimension. More detailed research that has informed the Arts & Culture dimension will be added to Altiorem's library in future.

How can I get involved?

To get involved with ongoing development of the City Portrait or learn more about Regen Melbourne, email