The program for Progress – A Festival of Ideas has officially launched, offering music, arts, theatre and comedy lovers an exciting line-up of performances that challenge the idea of ‘progress’.

Taking place at Monash University’s Clayton campus as part of MLIVE’s 2019 program between 16 and 26 May 2019, the festival celebrates the opening of the Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts, a new state-of-the art centre that has been four years in the making.

Progress – A Festival of Ideas includes more than fifteen shows plus an impressive talk series, exploring themes of feminism, creativity in exile, technology, and more.

Programmed by Monash Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA), music performances include Canadian artist and pianist Eve Egoyan in Solo for Duet; powerful protest music from Thando, N’fa Jones, Sophie Koh, and Mama Alto in Songs of Freedom; and celebrated Australian artist, Archie Roach featuring Paul Grabowsky.

OK EG, inaugural recipient of a new MAPA commission initiative supporting new work, will reframe the idea of live performance in Wavelength II.

Those looking for an evening of comedy, songs and ideas will love Smokestack hosted by comedian, Tom Ballard, while the world premier season of Whale, an immersive participatory new play by award-winning playwright Fleur Kilpatrick, is not to be missed.

 Tickets to Progress – A Festival of Ideas are on sale now. For more information, the full program and to book, visit

About MLIVE: MLIVE boasts diversity and accessibility in the arts. Professor Paul Grabowsky, Executive Director of Monash Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA), launched the inaugural season of MLIVE in February 2018. MLIVE is an eclectic program of Australian and international live music, theatre and dance curated as a cultural response to Melbourne’s diverse and open-minded communities.