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Hamer Hall is open to all

13 Aug 2012

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Hamer Hall has finally reopened after a two-year, $135.8 million redevelopment.

Red carpet events, a world-class concert lineup and free festivities across the Arts Centre and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl were all part of the four-day extravaganza.

Premier and Minister for the Arts, Ted Baillieu, was on hand to officially open the new hall, with indigenous elder Aunty Caroline Briggs.

An esteemed guest list enjoyed the red-carpet festivities and the spectacular opening concert, which featured Canadian songstress k.d lang, indigenous performer Archie Roach and Offspring star Eddie Perfect.

The masses were also entertained, with light shows, public artwork and a plethora of activities at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

The Arts Centre chief executive Judith Isherwood said the centre was thrilled to have its main performance hall back.

“Having Hamer Hall back is music to our ears and we are absolutely delighted with its stunning transformation,” Ms Isherwood said.

Mr Baillieu was equally thrilled with the reopening, saying: “Now, as Hamer Hall returns to the people of Victoria, refreshed and reinvigorated, it takes pride of place in Melbourne’s cultural life, inviting people in to enjoy all that it has to offer, all day long.”

Minister for Major Projects Dennis Napthine said the new hall was improved in almost every way.

“The refurbished hall will sound better, look better, be easier to move around in and will bring new audiences to the area. Arts Centre Melbourne expects the hall to draw an extra 600,000 new visitors to the area each year,” Mr Napthine said.

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