April 4, 2024

VAPAC March Meeting Recap

March Member Meeting Recap

We held our first member meeting of the year at The Round, the stunning new Performing Arts Centre in Nunawading! Over two days, the VAPAC community gathered to discuss all things related to the future of programming. Here are some highlights from the event.

Day 1:

  • Joel McGuinness (Geelong Arts Centre), Josh Sanders (The Round), Virginia Lovett (University of Melbourne Arts and Culture), Malcolm Russell (Bass Coast Shire Council – Berninneit), and Tammy Ryan (Frankston Arts Centre – panel chair) shared how they are activating their incredible new performing arts spaces.
  • Dr Görkem Acaroğlu (Diversity Arts Australia), Jodee Mundy OAM (Alter State, Arts Centre Melbourne), Lauren Mullings (MAV), and Tamara Jungwirth (Gasworks Arts Park – panel chair) presented on the future of equitable programming.
  • Bec Bennell (The Cube Wodonga), Bindi Green (Regional Arts Victoria), Nic Clark (Nicholas Clark Management Pty Ltd), and Rob Gerbert (Rob Gerbert Arts Consultancy – panel chair) had a discussion on the need for change and adaptation in structures, methods, and funding to find a road forward for the future of touring.
  • Finally, to end the day, we broke into thought-provoking discussion groups sharing the bold ideas delegates had on programming and its future.

Day 2:

  • We started day two off with a panel discussion about festival programming, hearing from the industry’s leading festival programmers, Jeff Khan (Asia TOPA), Danny Delahunty (Melbourne Fringe) and Edwina Lunn (RISING Melbourne).
  • Jade Lillie delivered a keynote presentation on the themes and ideas behind her wonderful book The Relationship is the Project, followed by a conversation with contributor Daniel Santangeli (Footscray Community Arts ).
  • Finally, we ended with a great discussion on programming with and for young people and children, hearing from panellists Ruth Oakley (Monash University Performing Arts Centres), Marcia Ferguson (Abbotsford Convent) and Nadja Kostich (St Martins Youth Arts Centre).

We would like to thank everyone who attended the conference over the two days, all those who presented, and The Round team for hosting our March member meeting. We’d also like to thank our wonderful industry partners, Jands Pty Ltd and Theatre Safe Australia, for their support and presentations.

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