Support from Patrons for over 30 years has been vital in establishing our city as Australia’s vibrant cultural capital.

Patrons are at the very heart of what we do, and their gifts empower us to create, collaborate, commission and present exceptional art from around the globe to stimulate, provoke and delight Melbourne audiences.

Patrons help us engage top international talent, multiplying the Festival’s impact through nurturing and inspiring our local creative community.

Shows that could not have been presented without the support of Patrons Circle donations bear this logo.




We applaud the following Patrons for their generous and loyal support


Jennifer Darbyshire & David Walker
Peter Lovell & Michael Jan
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Canny Quine Foundation
Min Li Chong
Christine Clough
Debbie Dadon AM
Richard Leonard & Gerlinde Scholz


Yoland Antill
Margaret Astbury
Belle Barro
Marc Besen AC & Eva Besen AO
Yvonne Constantine
Rosemary Forbes & Ian Hocking
Hans & Petra Henkell
George & Karen Janko
Ian Kennedy AM & Dr Sandra Hacker AO
Christian Klettner & Lawrence McDonald
Kath M Mainland CBE & Ray Anderson
Simon Moore
Julia Nelson
Dr Paul Nisselle AM
Lynne Sherwood & the late Tim Sherwood
Dahle Suggett & Peter Cole
Ricci Swart
Maria Weight
Vic Zbar & Pamela Macklin
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Jim Babbage
Jane Barrett & Dr Jeremy Goad
Dr Jane E Bourke
Katherine L Bourke
Sally Browne Fund
Career Money Life
Sue Carter
Maggie Cash
John Cronin
Mary Davidson
Jane Evans
Bob Garlick
The Gill Family Foundation
Dr Jenny Hayes
Margaret Heffernan OAM & John Dunne
Ted Hochschwender & Anne Marie Davies
Prof Andrea Hull AO
Sue Hunt
Lilian Hou JP
Tony & Ann Hyams
Philip & Barbara Jones
Kathryn Kings
Roslyn & Russell Levy
Cassy Liberman
Elizabeth H Loftus
Anna Lozynski
James Macneil & Janine Sang
Andrea L McCall
Rob McGauran & Alessandra Giannini
Andrew Maryniak QC
Colin & Carol Nettelbeck
Prof David Penington AC & Dr Sonay Hussein
Elizabeth Proust AO
Maria & Martin Ryan
Jacky & Rupert Sherwood
Graham & Annette Smorgon
Maria Solà
Michael Sparks
Lily Tell & David Lester
Upotipotpon Foundation
Rosemary Walls
Kevin & Liz Walsh
Barbara Ward-Ambler & Ralph Ward-Ambler AM
Pinky Watson
Ian Watts OAM
Janet Whiting AM & Phil Lukies
Price & Christine Williams
Gael Wilson
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