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Phone: +61 421 153 046
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Media Releases

Tribal Expressions

March 2006
Tribal Expressions is a celebration of Victoria’s Indigenous culture, showcasing the state’s leading Indigenous businesses, artists and performers during the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Games Festival Opens with Launch of Major Exhibition

23 February 2006
Festival Melbourne2006, the cultural festival of the 2006 Commonwealth Games, was formally opened today by the Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Justin Madden and Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp.

A Commonwealth of Images to go on show at Immigration Museum

30 January 2006
In celebration of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, the Immigration Museum is hosting a new exhibition of prize-winning photographs from across the 54 nations of the Commonwealth.

Museum Victoria reveals Opening Ceremony

18 January 2006
The secrets of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony will be revealed in the extraordinary Spirit of the Games exhibition at Melbourne Museum.

Festival Melbourne2006 - Overall Program

January 2006
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.

2006/ Contemporary Commonwealth

January 2006
International and Australian artists converge on Melbourne today for the launch of 2006/ Contemporary Commonwealth, a collaborative survey of contemporary art presented by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the National Gallery of Victoria.

All the Fun of the Circus

January 2006
There is no need to run away to join the circus if you are in Melbourne during the Games. The best circus performers from Australia and around the Commonwealth will be here in Melbourne and performing free during Festival Melbourne2006.

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Common Goods: Cultures Meet Through Craft

January 2006
With Nelson Mandela as one of the invited guests to the Commonwealth Games, it is timely to consider how we can share the spirit of reconciliation. The South African concept of ‘Ubuntu’, or humanness, is the inspiration for an exhibition that celebrates craft as a language that bridges cultural difference.

Dizzying Heights of the Aerial Rig

January 2006
High up in the sky, scaling above Alexandra Gardens, a specially constructed aerial rig will erupt with some of the best aerial performers from Australia and around the Commonwealth, as part of Festival Melbourne2006, the cultural festival of the Commonwealth Games.

Exploring Contemporary Commonwealth Culture

January 2006
Exquisitely decorated fantasy coffins from Ghana, contemporary miniature works from South Asia and a selection of power cloths worn by key figures in the nations of the Commonwealth will be shown in an exhibitions program that explores the diverse contemporary cultures of the Commonwealth.

Free Concerts at the Bowl

January 2006
A free series of concerts at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl will be a highlight of Festival Melbourne2006.

Free Performances and Live Games Action Around Victoria

January 2006
Festival Melbourne2006, the cultural festival of the Commonwealth Games, will extend across Victoria as four major regional centres will host live sites and cultural festival activities during Games time.

Hypnotic Outdoor Performance

January 2006
The streets of Victoria will be abuzz with a program of spectacular free outdoor performance as part of Festival Melbourne2006, the Cultural Festival of the Commonwealth Games.

Roving in the Streets

January 2006
From Africa to Scotland, Australia to England, Festival Melbourne2006 brings a slice of life to the streets in a free program offering non-stop performances in and around Melbourne and regional Victoria.

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Special Events

January 2006
Festival Melbourne2006, the cultural festival of the Commonwealth Games brings together a series of special events from around the globe.

Tribal Expressions – Showcasing Indigenous Victoria

January 2006
Tribal Expressions is a celebration of Victoria’s Indigenous culture, showcasing the best of Victoria’s Indigenous businesses, artists and performers during the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. It is presented by the Koori Business Network.

United by Music and Dance

January 2006
Jamaican reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff, ‘Mama Africa’ Miriam Makeba, renowned Scottish percussion soloist Evelyn Glennie and the U.K’s pumping Dhol Foundation will join forces with Australia’s own Paul Kelly, Kutcha Edwards, Not Drowning Waving and many more, in what is one of the largest free musical programs ever to be arranged in Australia.

Youth Program Plays Empire Games

January 2006
For the Youth Program of Festival Melbourne2006, the Next Wave Festival – Australia’s leading curated festival for young emerging artists – have put together a series of major exhibitions, performances and events featuring young artists and aimed at young audiences responding to the festival theme of Empire Games.

Victoria Hosts Australia’s Biggest Cultural Festival

20 August 2005
The streets of Melbourne and regional Victoria will host Australia’s biggest ever festival of arts and culture as part of the 2006 Commonwealth Games celebrations.

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