Arts Centre Melbourne postpones reopening date

Arts Centre Melbourne postpones reopening date

Photo by Mark Gambino
Words by Kate Streader

The cultural institution was due to open its doors to the public this Saturday.

Less than a week out from its scheduled reopening date, Arts Centre Melbourne has postponed welcoming visitors back to its venues in accordance with the new changes to Victoria’s social distancing restrictions.

The beloved cultural institution was due to open its doors to the public on Saturday June 27 with an immersive sound and light show titled Ghostly Machines in Hamer Hall as well as a special series of performances spanning comedy, cabaret and burlesque in the Playhouse Lounge.

Now, with Victoria reintroducing tighter limits on gatherings as well as postponing plans to ease restrictions from today due to a surge in new COVID-19 cases, Arts Centre Melbourne will no longer open The Theatres Building, including the Australian Music Vault, this weekend and the reopening of its outdoor cafe, Protagonist, has also been pushed back.

New dates for reopening to the public are yet to be confirmed. Ticketholders will be reissued new tickets for rescheduled dates with full refunds available for those unable to attend postponed shows.

“We have a great program of events and performances for visitors when restrictions are eased again and we’re really looking forward to welcoming visitors and audiences as soon as we are able to do so,’’ said Arts Centre Melbourne CEO Claire Spencer AM.

“Every decision made is based on making sure the health and safety of visitors, artists and Arts Centre Melbourne team is the priority,” she added.

“Arts Centre Melbourne’s ghost lights, following the long-standing theatre tradition of lighting up unoccupied stages, will continue to energise and illuminate our stages while we can’t be there.”

For more information, visit the Arts Centre Melbourne website

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