Gippsland’s new home for performing arts

Published: 2 Mar 2022

Gippsland’s new home for performing arts video transcript

Curtain rises on the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre

[Delivering for Victoria / Curtain rises on Gippsland Performing Arts Centre]

[Vision: View of the exterior of the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre]

[Text: The Victorian Government has contributed $12m to the development of the Arts Centre in the Latrobe Creative Precinct]

Cr Kellie O’Callaghan - Mayor, Latrobe City Council

"Well the great thing about this facility besides the 750 seats that is more people in our arts facility than we’ve ever had before, but there’s some great indoor and outdoor spaces."

[Vision: View of projector and screen in the meeting room]

"We’ve got fantastic meeting rooms which supplement the opportunity for people to gather together."

[Vision: View of the time exterior façade of the Arts Centre]

"The outdoor spaces, including the amphitheatre will create wonderful opportunities."

Bec Cole - Director, Creative Arts Latrobe City Council

[Vision: View of Simon Hemming performing with female artist on stage]

"Not only will we have the excellent performing art centre where you can see a range of really exciting shows, but the broader precinct itself will actually support people in creative industry development, and then we’ll have a range of public programing and education opportunities to support the next generation of artists coming through."

[Vision: View of ensemble playing on stage]

Simon Hemming - Latrobe Theatre Company

[Vision: View of technology in the theatre and a view looking up at the purple curtain]

"To have the ability to be able to teach in a theatre like this, and to have the latest technology available to us, the sky’s the limit as far as I’m concerned.

The precinct is just absolutely beautiful."

[View of the ropes used to operate the curtain for the stage]

"The auditorium and stage, which is just so dynamic in the way that it’s been put together, we’d love to be a centre of excellence where the performing arts is concerned."

[Vision: View of the interior of the theatre and the seating]

Alison Teychenne - Latrobe Orchestra

"Making music and sharing music, Ah, it’s good for your soul!"

[Vision: View of interior of the performing arts facility]

"It’s an opportunity to play in a really fantastic world-class facility."

Cr Kellie O’Callaghan - Mayor, Latrobe City Council

"Whether you’re buying a ticket for a big show, whether you’re looking to participate as a creative, as a performer, you’ll be able to see that showcased here at GPAC."

[Vision: View of the timber structures within the performing arts centre]

[Australian Government. Building Our Future. Latrobe City a new energy. Gippsland Performing Arts Centre]

[Victoria State Government / Delivering for Victoria. Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne]

The state-of-the-art Gippsland Performing Arts Centre is set to electrify the region’s performing arts scene and create world-class professional training opportunities for artists across Gippsland.

The new Centre will be a standout performing arts facility for the region. With a unique design that celebrates the history of the Latrobe Valley, it features a 750-seat theatre, 25-metre-high fly tower, meeting rooms, a café with indoor and outdoor access, an amphitheatre and outdoor event spaces.

Conveniently located in Traralgon’s central business district, the Centre is the jewel in the crown of Latrobe’s $42 million creative precinct which was supported by $12 million from the Victorian Government.

Bringing the community together

Councilor Kellie O’Callaghan, Mayor of Latrobe City, is confident that the precinct has something to offer everyone.

“Whether you’re looking to participate as a creative, as a performer, in your local community groups, or whether you’re a school that’s looking to really enhance the great production that you’ve brought together, you’ll be able to see that showcased here at GPAC,” she explained.

Alison Teychenne of the Latrobe Orchestra hopes the precinct will drive ideas about how creative groups can work together.

“I think in a regional area we do tend to look after our own groups and this could be a centrepiece for more collaborative projects between community groups,” she said.

Providing performance and training opportunities

For Bec Cole, Director of Creative Arts at Latrobe City Council, the new precinct offers a wealth of creative opportunities.

“Not only will we have an excellent performing arts centre where you can see a range of really exciting shows, but the broader precinct itself will support people in creative industry development,” she explained.

“This means we’ll have a range of public programming and education opportunities to support the next generation of artists coming through,” added Bec.

One local artist who hopes to put the new facilities to good use is Simon Hemming of the Latrobe Theatre Company.

“It goes without saying that we’d love to become a centre of excellence where the performing arts are concerned,” he said.

“To have the ability to teach in a theatre like this, to have the latest technology available to us, is something we could have only dreamed of,” he added.

The power of partnerships

Delivery of the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre and the creative precinct was supported by $12 million in funding from the Victorian Government.

The project also received a $20 million investment from Latrobe City Council and $10 million from the Commonwealth’s National Stronger Regions Fund.

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