It is with great sadness that Melbourne International Arts Festival advises of the passing of Sekou Sundiata. The eloquent and much loved poet, performer, artist activist and educator, passed away on July 18 at the age of 58 due to heart failure.

The 2007 Melbourne International Arts Festival program was launched last night by the Minister for the Arts, Lynne Kosky.

Milan-based set designer and artist Edoardo Sanchi will be on campus at the Victorian College of the Arts from Monday 23 July until late October as part of the Simplot International Masterclass Series 2007.

A $2 million gift has been made by the Kantor Family in honour of the Murdoch family matriarch Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE. It will establish a new Endowment Fund which will guarantee the delivery of Melbourne Recital Centre’s vision to future generations.

Federation Square is proud to announce the results of its PuppetLab creative development initiative with funds made available to six artists. Projects are being supported for the creation of new site specific work by puppetry and visual theatre artists to be premiered as part of the 2008 Federation Square Puppet Carnival.

Reg Livermore, one of Australia’s foremost performing artists has donated costumes and accessories to the Victorian Arts Centre’s Performing Arts Collection.

It's been a winning week at the the Australian National Academy of Music.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical this week launched its Melbourne season, which will open at the Regent Theatre on Saturday 6 October 2007.