Artistic Director, Brett Sheehy has unveiled the program for his fourth and final Melbourne Festival.

Five hundred arts and culture lovers joined the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle and Melbourne Festival President, Carrillo Gantner AO to hear details of 18 world premieres and 34 Australian premieres in a program of 77 shows, events and projects over 17 days. Exploring the threads of 'identity' and 'place', this year's program features works from some of the finest Australian and international artists, many of whom Brett has worked with over the past decade.

"For my final Melbourne Festival program, I have sought to showcase the newest works from some of the finest artists I've been honoured to work with over the past ten years," says Artistic Director, Brett Sheehy. "I wanted to continue Australian audiences' relationships with these visionary women and men, among them William Forsythe, Thomas Ostermeier, Kate Champion, Antony, Akram Khan, Lucy Guerin and Luke Wright.

"I am thrilled that I conclude my tenure with the Festival presenting, for the first time in a program I've directed, the works of Lee Ranaldo, Gregory Crewdson, Young Jean Lee, Michel van der Aa, Thurston Moore, Santiago Sierra, Tim Fain, Chris Kohn and dozens of other national and international artists."

The Melbourne Festival runs 11 – 27 October, 2012. Visit – www.melbournefestival.com.au