Play at Arts Centre Melbourne thanks to the launch of its latest public program

Kaylah Joelle Baker

Arts Centre Melbourne is launching a public program called PLAY on April 26 as part of its dedicated learning venue The Channel, which continues to be a space for children, families, emerging artists and lifelong learners.

The program is designed for people wanting to involve themselves in music, theatre, magic, dance, and comedy, and to encourage inspiration in expressing themselves freely.

A number of workshops have also been launched as part of the program, including in the industries of circus and magic, comedy, dance, and podcasting.

The Open Day will be dedicated to showing The Channel facilities and resources, and a selection of speakers will be present to reflect on their experiences of working within the PLAY program.

“The Channel’s PLAY program invites young people, emerging artists, families and children, lifelong learners, and community arts organisations to get involved in our hands-on creative workshops to hone their skills and build creative networks,” ACM’s Senior Producer Creative Learning, Zoe Rinkel said.

Established in 2015, The Channel provides state-of-the-art digital learning labs, a recording studio and flexible performance spaces for educational and participatory arts experiences.

The numerous collaborative spaces are considered essential to sustain the future of the arts in Australia and the team behind The Channel are committed to supporting new creatives looking to grow, write new stories, and share fresh voices and perspectives.

“The Channel aims to give creative people a community, a language by which to communicate complex feelings and ideas, and the confidence to take risks and be themselves,” Ms Rinkel said.

“It also contributes to the building of a healthy future for a dynamic, exciting, inclusive and diverse arts sector.”

During the Open Day on April 26, the Creative Learning Team will guide attendees through the newly established Expressions Of Interest process and invite new proposals for the 2024 PLAY Program.

For a list of workshops conducted as part of the PLAY program, visit:


Photo credit: JacintaKeefe Photography.

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