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


Maria Myers AC
The Brenda Shanahan
Charitable Foundation
Jennifer Darbyshire & David Walker
Peter Lovell & Michael Jan


Rob & Sally Bruce
Canny Quine Foundation
Min Li Chong
Christine Clough
Debbie Dadon AM
Paul & Julie Kirk
Richard Leonard
& Gerlinde Scholz
Naum Tered


Belle Barro
Marc Besen AC & Eva Besen AO
David Byrne
Teresa Engelhard & Ivor Frischknecht
Rosemary Forbes & Ian Hocking
Suzanne Halliday
Hans & Petra Henkell
George & Karen Janko
Ian Kennedy AM & Dr Sandra Hacker AO
Kath M Mainland CBE & Ray Anderson
Jim Moser & Brenda Tocher
Louise & Martyn Myer
Julia Nelson
Dr Paul Nisselle AM
Rae Rothfield
Lynne Sherwood & the late Tim Sherwood
Dahle Suggett & Peter Cole
Ricci Swart
Upotipotpon Foundation
Maria Weight
Leonard Vary & Dr Matt Collins QC
Vic Zbar & Pamela Macklin
Anonymous (2)


Yoland Antill
Margaret Astbury
Jim Babbage
Jane Barrett & Dr Jeremy Goad
Dr Jane E Bourke
The Brasher Family Foundation
Career Money Life
Sue Carter
Maggie Cash
Tim Connard
Yvonne Constantine
Mary Davidson
Nicole Durling
Meaghan Dwyer
Jane Evans
Bob Garlick
The Gill Family Foundation
Dr Jenny Hayes
Margaret Heffernan OAM & John Dunne
Ted Hochschwender & Anne Marie Davies
Jonathan Holloway & Jenny Vila
Lilian Hou JP
Prof Andrea Hull AO
Sue Hunt
Tony & Ann Hyams
Philip & Barbara Jones
Kathryn Kings
Christian Klettner & Lawrence McDonald
Julie & Michael Landvogt
Roslyn & Russell Levy
Cassy Liberman
Elizabeth H Loftus
Anna Lozynski
James Macneil & Janine Sang
Andrea L McCall
Rob McGauran & Alessandra Giannini
Tammy & Andrew Medard
Prof David Penington AC & Dr Sonay Hussein
Elizabeth Proust AO
Maria & Martin Ryan
Jacky & Rupert Sherwood
Graham & Annette Smorgon
Maria Solà
Fiona Sweet & Paul Newcombe
Lily Tell & David Lester
Rosemary Walls
Kevin & Elizabeth Walsh
Barbara Ward-Ambler & Ralph Ward-Ambler AM
Pinky Watson
Ian A Watts
Janet Whiting AM & Phil Lukies
Price & Christine Williams
Gael Wilson
Dr Terry Wu & Dr Melinda Tee
Anonymous (3)


Hugh Crothers
Ted Hochschwender
Lawrence McDonald
Julia Nelson
Dahle Suggett
Maria Weight