Conference Program
25 - 27 July

View conference program online here.


Delegates Reception
5.30 pm Committee Room, Prahran Town Hall
City of Stonnington function to welcome delegates and VIPs prior to the formal conference program
Hosted by Helen Baker and Peter Redden, Conference Co-Chairs. All delegates and conference guests welcome.
RSVP to Elodie Hodgkins or +61 3 9658 8593 by Monday July 23

Casual dinner for conference delegates
6.30-pm, Gurkha’s Nepalese Brasserie. 190 Chapel Street Prahran. Ph: 9510 3325
RSVP to Elodie Hodgkins or +61 3 9658 8593 by Monday July 23

Sponsors Reception (invitation only)
6.30 Oriental Tea House, 455 Chapel St. South Yarra
Hosted by Cr Claude Ullin, City of Stonnington
Guest speaker, Jordi Pascual, Coordinator of the Working Group on Culture of ‘United Cities and Local Governments’ based at Barcelona City Council.
RSVP to Odilla O'Boyle or +6 3 8290 1130 by Friday July 20


9.30 - 5 pm, Chapel Off Chapel Arts and Leisure Complex, Little Chapel St, Prahran
A stimulating program of keynote speakers, formal, informal and poster presentations, workshops and discussion sessions, performances and exhibitions, and plenty of time for networking.


Pitching for Communities
Thursday 6-7 pm, Committee Room, Prahran Town Hall
Pitching for Communities competition: new ideas for community-based arts projects.
Finalists present their ideas for arts in community projects to a panel of experts.

Conference dinner
Thursday 7 pm, Prahran Town Hall
Join colleagues old and new for an enjoyable dinner and evening of networking and entertainment with star performers from National Institute of Circus Arts.

Networking Events
24 - 25 July

View networking program online here.

Tours and informal visits to host councils
'Expanding Cultures' conference is about expanding networks. The pre-conference program has been developed in response to a key objective of this conference - people meeting, talking, and sharing ideas. The program in the two days before the formal conference program will provide an opportunity for delegates to take time out of the office to meet with old friends and colleagues and to develop new professional relationships. Staff from the arts and cultural development teams of host councils are making themselves available for informal meetings on-site during these two days.

More information about the arts and cultural programs of all host councils and links to their websites here.

Several traders in the conference precinct will provide discounts for conference delegates who want to meet and have coffee, a snack or cold lemonade at the end of the day. Please refer to the formal conference program for a map of meeting venues when it is published.

In addition, delegates are being asked to provide their mobile telephone numbers for publication in the conference program to allow quicker and more direct communication at the conference for that quick pitch or catch-up.


Around Melbourne


A range of Melbourne maps has been produced to help both locals and visitors navigate the city with ease, available for download from this site.

Printed maps are also available from the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square
Corner Swanston and Flinders streets (opposite Flinders Street Station).

Open every day 9am to 6pm.

Public transport

Metlink website


Other events on in Melbourne in July