Founded in 1835, Melbourne is the capital city and centrepiece of the diverse State of Victoria. With a population of around 4.5 million people, Melbourne is the fastest growing capital city in Australia, with almost 100,000 new residents arriving each year. 

Historically, Melbourne and surrounding regions developed through a series of booms. During the Victorian gold rush of the 1850s, it was transformed into one of the world's largest and wealthiest cities. After the federation of Australia in 1901, it served as the nation's interim seat of government until 1927, when parliament moved to the present-day capital city, Canberra.

Melbourne is situated on the large Port Phillip Bay, surrounded by the Dandenong and Macedon mountain ranges, the scenic Yarra Valley wine region in the north east, and the High Country snowfields farther north of Melbourne. Today the city is renowned as a cultural capital, owing much of its vibrancy to the multicultural mix of residents who arrived in the period since WWII. Dramatic & fine arts, film, comedy, live music, sport, and restaurant & café culture are some of the attractions Melburnians and visitors enjoy year round.

Melbourne is an international city, a hub for trade with Asia and beyond, perfectly positioned for growth into the next century. 

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Latvian Festival of the Arts

The 56th Australian Latvian Arts Festival will be held in Melbourne from 26 to 31 December 2016, and will feature music, dance, theatre, exhibitions and many other opportunities to enjoy the riches of Latvian culture and the hospitality of the Latvian community. In Latvian, the Festival is called Austrālijas Latviešu Kultūras Dienas, or “KDs” for short. For full calendar of events visit:

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