Festival Melbourne2006

27 February, 2006

Celebration: Exploration: Revelation

Over 2,500 performing artists from across Australia and the Commonwealth will descend on Melbourne in March for the largest free cultural festival ever held in Australia.

Festival Melbourne2006, an integral part of the Melbourne2006 Commonwealth Games, will be an international event offering 11 days of non-stop music, dance, circus, street theatre and visual art in a range of venues across the State, including Melbourne’s great outdoors.

Celebrating what the nations of the Commonwealth have in common, and appreciating what makes us different, the Festival will offer an insight into the diversity of cultures involved in the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

It will also showcase the vibrancy of Victoria’s own performing arts culture, with over 800 local professional artists and technicians involved, and thousands of Victorian community members participating.

Highlights include a major program of free events in Alexandra Gardens, including non-stop circus performances and music from around the world and a series of free concerts at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. There will also be an exhibitions program, a youth festival and a program of events in regional Victoria.

There are a range of specific education based events and activities that schools may be interested in:

Golden Tapestry Exhibition
City Library 253 Flinders Lane 8am to 8pm Mon to Fri, 8am to 1pm Sat & CAE Gallery 96 Flinders Street 10am to 4pm Mon to Fri only
1 March to 26 March 2006

The Golden Tapestry has so far involved over 700 primary and special schools across the whole Commonwealth.
Each school has made a metre square of textural embroidery contributing to a story covering a year in the life of the Commonwealth. The artworks describe what different aspects of their lives the children would most like to show Her Majesty the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth if she were to visit them. The briefs the children work on all reflect the principles that unite the Commonwealth, global citizenship and civic values, and conservation and the protection of the environment.
The project is designed to help foster understanding and friendship between people and communities in all parts of the world and to reinforce social cohesion.
This exhibition will include up to 360 tapestries with schools from every state and territory in Australia and every region of the Commonwealth represented..

Art4Athletes Exhibition
The Arts Centre (Theatres Building) 25 January to 26 March 2006, 7am to late Mon to Fri, 9am to late Sat and 10am to last show Sunday.

In 2005, students from across Australia were invited to submit an artwork as a gift to an athlete or official living in the Athletes’ Village. Nearly 450 schools from across Australia registered for the program and over 6,000 artworks were submitted that explored one of three themes:

  • Welcome to Australia! (using iconic Australian images)

  • Welcome to my home! (focusing on an individuals community, family)

  • Welcome to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games! (using icons from the MCG to Karak the Mascot)

  • Every athlete and official will receive their gift on arrival at the Athletes’ Village. This exhibition profiles over 250 artworks that were submitted by students whose ages ranged from 5 years to 18 years old and included Primary, Secondary and Special school students.

    This project is proudly supported by Australia Post and the Arts Centre.

    CAE/NGV Education and Community Involvement Program
    Centre for Adult Education 253 Flinders Lane & the National Gallery of Victoria
    13 February 2006 to 26 March 2006


    The Centre for Adult Education (CAE) and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) have devised an education and community involvement program for the Cultural Program of the Commonwealth Games. The program of more than 75 activities will be free to the public.

    Activities include:

  • Walking tours exploring architecture and public sculpture of Melbourne

  • Walking tours of Indigenous Art in Melbourne

  • Lectures on history of the Commonwealth, Commonwealth Artists

  • Public forums on colonial and post colonial legacy and Commonwealth ideals

  • Conversations with artists visiting as part of the Federation Festival

  • Workshops at the NGV on print making, animation, drawing and textiles

  • Floor talks exploring some of the exhibitions with Curators and Artists at the NGV

  • For Bookings for CAE/NGV Education and community involvement program contact 9652 0611 or visit CAE