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We're regularly updating this page with the latest information. In fact, the last time we did it was 17 June 2021

Following recent developments, and with the safety of our staff, artists, contractors and audiences front of mind, RISING has made the decision to cancel the last three days of the festival (Friday 4—Sunday 6 June). 

Refunds will be issued to all ticketholders for these cancelled dates. 

While the situation has been moving rapidly, we’re continuing to explore ways that audiences may be able to experience RISING and support artists into the future.

Our Co-Artistic Directors Hannah Fox and Gideon Obarzanek, would like to share the following statement:

"Created by literally hundreds of artists, most of the shows and events for the festival were made during previous lockdowns or heavy restrictions. So while this current outcome is not unexpected, we are devastated by how this present COVID outbreak and lockdown has impacted the thousands of people working on our festival and the many hundreds of thousands of people unable to attend. Our commitment to artists and audiences however remains adamant and with continued resilience we look forward to a future when they can come together again."


If you’ve booked tickets to a RISING event, we’ll issue you with a refund. We'll process the price of your tickets to the card you booked with—so there’s no need to contact us. We’ll get in touch if there are any issues processing your refund

If you’ve booked with one of our authorised ticket sellers, they’ll be in touch with you about your refund.

Our Customer Service Team is receiving a large volume of enquires, they’ll respond as quickly as possible. This may take a few days for them to catch up, but rest assured they will get to your enquiry. Thank you for your patience.


A number of people have asked us if they can donate the price of their tickets back to RISING, which we appreciate immensely. We understand not everyone is in a position to donate, but if you wish to support the festival and RISING artists you can make a donation here. All donations are tax-deductible.


Patricia Piccinini's A Miracle Constantly Repeated will re-open on 18 June. Ticketholders for 15—17 June will be contacted and have their sessions rescheduled to comparable day and time.

Bookings from 1 July to 31 August are still open.

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