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World class performing arts centre opens in Gippsland

02/03/2022

The Gippsland Performing Arts Centre is opening with a bang as it brings top acts to the region and offers a new state-of-the-art space for locals and visitors to enjoy and explore.

The Gippsland Performing Arts Centre is now complete and is the centerpiece of the $42 million Latrobe Creative Precinct supported by the Victorian Government.

The centre opens with a jam-packed four-day festival of live comedy, theatre, drama and dance to reinvigorate the local arts industry for the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland.

It is set to become the heart of performing arts in the region and among the state’s top venues of its kind, with a new 750-seat theatre, meeting rooms, a box office, visitor information centre, café and bar.

Open air event spaces surround the theatre, and a new accessible entry to the original performing arts centre connect the centre with the wider Latrobe Creative Precinct.

The precinct also takes in the existing Traralgon Library and the much-loved Little Theatre which is being refurbished into an education space to support local theatre groups, and aspiring creatives in Gippsland for years to come.

Supporting up to 150 jobs during construction, the Latrobe Creative Precinct is expected to create 30 full-time jobs once complete and generate up to $5.4 million for the region’s economy each year.

The Latrobe Creative Precinct is jointly funded by the Victorian and Commonwealth governments and Latrobe City Council. The Victorian Government is supporting the precinct through $10 million from the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund and $2 million from the Regional Creative Infrastructure Program.

The Regional Infrastructure Fundis part of the Victorian Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund and is designed to help businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, support community projects and councils to build the infrastructure locals and visitors need.

This project is part of the Government’s almost $30 billion record investment across regional and rural Victoria since 2015. For further information, visit Regional Infrastructure Fund.



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