Cheap Arts: entertainment on a shoestring
Date: 26 April 2012
Art lovers can pursue their passion - without breaking the bank - thanks to Arts Victoria's first ever Cheap Arts Guide, released by Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu.
The free guide details budget-friendly arts experiences in Melbourne and beyond - from exhibitions and performances to festivals, live music and children's activities - all for under $25.
"It's no secret that Victoria has the best arts and cultural offering in Australia, however what may surprise people is just how much there is to enjoy for little or no cost," Mr Baillieu said.
"We've got public galleries that hold permanent collections worth millions of dollars but don't charge admission, local museums where you can explore our history, creative activities for kids and families, and festivals that bring that whole community together - all for $25 or less."
The guide contains more than 250 listings ranging from zine-making beneath Flinders Street Station to sculpture on the surf coast to classical music under the stars; as well as insider tips on how to access cheaper tickets and special offers.
"Victoria is open for business and the Cheap Arts Guide is a great resource for locals as well as tourists, and a fantastic way to plan a night out, a day with the kids or even a weekend away," Mr Baillieu said.
"The beauty of Victoria's arts offering is that there are cultural gems to be found in the least expected places. You might even discover a gallery, theatre, museum, artist-run space or activity in your own neighbourhood that you didn't know existed.
"The Victorian Government is proud of Victoria's reputation as Australia's arts and cultural heartland, proud of the creativity of our artists and proud of our busy year-round calendar of activity.
"So we're delighted to present this new Arts Victoria guide which highlights just how accessible our arts offering is, and, we hope, will encourage even more people to go out and explore the wealth of entertainment on offer," Mr Baillieu said.
The Arts Victoria Cheap Arts Guide hits the streets, and the web. Collect your copy from cafes and venues around town or find it online.