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20 April 2017

Launched last week at The Drum Theatre, the City of Greater Dandenong's (Sub)urban studio is a multi-arts project set to invigorate the local community over the next two years through dance, puppetry and spoken word.

The Drum Theatre illuminated by 'Les Meduses' at the launch of Suburban studios. Photo: Carla Gottgens

The Drum Theatre illuminated by Black Hole Theatre's 'Les Meduses' at the launch of (Sub)urban studios. Photo: Carla Gottgens

The project has been made possible by Creative Victoria's new Creative Suburbs program, the first of nine supported in the inaugural round.

An action of the creative industries strategy Creative State, the program aims to increase creative and cultural opportunities in outer metropolitan Melbourne, an area that previously fell through the gaps of Victorian Government arts funding.

For (Sub)urban studio, the City of Greater Dandenong is partnering with some of the state's leading arts companies, including contemporary dance company, Chunky Move, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Melbourne Writers Festival, the Emerging Writers Festival and Black Hole Theatre to increase local participation and community access to high quality creative experiences. The project will provide new opportunities for professional development, capacity building and career pathways through workshops, mentoring, performances, exhibitions and residencies. The program will run over two years.

Other recipients of Creative Suburbs grants include: Brimbank City Council, Kingston City Council, Yarra Ranges shire Council, City of Casey, City of Maroondah, City of Whittlesea, Frankston City Council and Wyndham City Council.

More information about Creative Suburbs