CREATIVE INDUSTRIES EVENTS

Mr PEARSON (Essendon—Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Regulatory Reform, Minister for Government Services, Minister for Creative Industries)- I am delighted to rise and update the house on a stunning summer checklist of creative and arts opportunities for all Victorians. Victorians are to be congratulated for reaching 40 days today of zero new cases. Every single Victorian has contributed to this achievement. The community’s hard work means that a feast of summer entertainment supported by the Victorian government and delivered right across the state is on offer to all.

Here is the summer checklist: the NGV Triennial begins on 19 December and it features the works of over 100 artists from 32 countries until April 2021, and it is free. February 11 will see the reopening of the renewed Australian Centre for the Moving Image and its centrepiece exhibition, The Story of the Moving Image. Summer Activations will bring the outdoors alive in a COVID-safe way at the State Library of Victoria, the Melbourne Recital Centre and Federation Square; and the Melbourne Museum has its Summer Plaza series. The Castlemaine State Festival, Australia’s longest running flagship regional arts festival, runs from 19 to 28 March 2021. Eric Bana’s new movie The Dry hits the big screens. It showcases more than 15 regional Victorian towns, including Minyip and Beulah, and it is based on Jane Harper’s debut novel, which won a Victorian Premier’s literary award in 2015. This summer’s Live at the Bowl will give Victorians dance music, classical concerts, ballet and big-name comedians to enjoy. The grassy amphitheatre will be divided into physically distanced platforms where small groups can gather to jive. There is the Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion exhibition at Bendigo Gallery, and the Geelong Arts Centre will bring Victorians a month-long summer events season under a big top. Tick, tick and tick.

For those needing some R and R there is a great summer of reading from the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards short list, including literature from Archie Roach, Vivian Pham, Richard Flanagan, Kylie Maslen and Louise Milligan. Whether it is an amazing live performance, a wander through a gallery, a film in an air-conditioned cinema or curling up with a book, Victorians have so much to choose from this summer, where everything feels new again.