Melbourne Festival has been awarded the Contribution to Profile by a Community Organisation at Saturday night’s gala event for the 2016 Melbourne Awards at Melbourne Town Hall.

On accepting the award, Melbourne Festival Artistic Director, Jonathan Holloway said “So soon after the success of the 2016 Festival, we are all thrilled and honoured to be receiving this acknowledgement of what Melbourne Festival brings to the profile of Melbourne and the lives of people in this incredible city.”

"I’d particularly like to acknowledge my predecessor, Josephine Ridge and congratulate the most unbelievable team at Melbourne Festival – and, of course, all of the artists and supporters."

After celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, the 2016 Melbourne Festival ran from 6-23 October with over 60 events, many of which were free, 10 world premieres, 18 Australian premieres and events exclusive to Melbourne across 38 venues, from over 700 artists who call 17 countries home. While it is too early for final figures, the Festival looks to pass it’s box office target of $2.9m.

Now in its 14th year, the Melbourne Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations that make Melbourne such a unique place to live, visit and do business. The Contribution to Profile category celebrates projects or activities that have built Melbourne’s reputation as a centre for business, sport, entertainment, knowledge and culture.

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IMAGE | L-R: Jonathan Holloway, Artistic Director Melbourne Festival, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood. Image courtesy City of Melbourne

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