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A festival of arts experiences for regional Victorian students

What is it?

A curated program of arts events taking place on specific dates in Terms 1, 2 and 3 in Melbourne made exclusively for regional Victorian students in Years 7 to 9. All Arts in the City Experience events are heavily subsidised and transport is reimbursed (dependent on eligibility - please see criteria below).

When is it?

Term One – Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 February 2020
Term Two – Monday 4 to Friday 8 May 2020
Term Three – Monday 3 to Friday 7 August 2020

What does it cost?

$10 per student, per event.
Travel to and from Melbourne may be reimbursed (please see criteria below)

Who is it for?

Students in Years 7 to 9 from regional Victorian schools.

What can we do?

Term One: See a performance at Arts Centre Melbourne (10:30am on Wednesday 26 or Thursday 27 February 2020)

From the acclaimed Nouveau Cirque du Vietnam, À O Làng Pho (which translates to “from village to city”) uses bamboo poles, rattan-woven boats and woven baskets to seamlessly construct, deconstruct and rearrange the sets, transforming a sleepy village into an urban sprawl by juxtaposing a working rice-picking factory line with skyscraper buildings and high-rise apartments.

More than a circus, this exciting, family-friendly production fuses traditional circus craft with the exploration of Vietnam’s fascinating, complex culture, bringing global visions to local audiences. Set to a contemporary score that fuses eastern sounds with beat boxing and hip-hop, don’t miss this whimsical, breath-taking production.

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Term Two: Workshops (Various times and locations - Monday 4 to Friday 8 May 2020)

Immerse your students in an incredible arts workshop. Workshops in drama, music, dance, circus, visual art and more from leading arts organisations across Melbourne’s arts precinct will be available. Details coming soon!

Term Three: Workshops (Various times and locations - Monday 3 to Friday 7 August 2020)

Immerse your students in an incredible arts workshop. Workshops in drama, music, dance, circus, visual art and more from leading arts organisations across Melbourne’s arts precinct will be available. Details coming soon!


How often can we attend Arts in the City Experience events?

Limited funding is available however, unlike previous programs, you may attend as often as you can (until funding allocation is exhausted). We will work on a ‘first in best dressed’ scenario. Keep in mind, the cost $10 per student per event (i.e. if you choose to do two events over the week the cost will be $20 per student, three events will be $30 per student and so on).

You may like to visit Melbourne across all three terms, or try a couple of events across the week in Term 2 or 3. Make the most of it!

What is this travel reimbursement all about?

Schools are eligible for the reimbursement of travel costs to and from Melbourne as per the criteria below:

ICSEA* level Distance from Melbourne Travel Reimbursement amount
1000 or below Classified as regional or rural school 100% reimbursement of travel costs
1001 to 1050 Greater than 200km 100% reimbursement of travel costs
1001 to 1050 Less than 200km 50% reimbursement of travel costs
1051 and over Classified as regional or rural school No travel reimbursement available.

*ICSEA is s a scale which allows for fair and reasonable comparisons among schools with similar students. ICSEA stands for the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage. Visit the ACARA MySchool website to find your ICSEA.

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