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Monash University launches the Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts

Monash University is launching Melbourne’s newest cultural and nightlife precinct, The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts on Monday 13 May 2019. The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts is a $54.3 million performing arts centre located at Monash University’s Clayton Campus.

It is funded partly by $10 million from the Victorian Government and $5 million from the Ian Potter Foundation. The Centre will host performing arts events and energise nightlife and entertainment in Victoria’s rapidly growing south-eastern suburbs and surrounding communities.

The launch heralds a new era of 21
st century performing arts facilities at the Clayton campus and is a demonstration of Monash’s commitment to supporting growth in the performing arts in Melbourne’s south-east.

The Centre with its three venues will formally open on Monday 13 May at a launch event with official proceedings and musical performances.

The Centre comprises three venues:

● The revitalised 586 seat Alexander Theatre. Originally build in 1968 and re-opened in April 2018, the Alex is now a multi-function venue for music, theatre and performance.

● The new 130-seat Sound Gallery for the performance of music under optimal acoustic conditions.

● And the new 200-seat Jazz Club which operates as a cafe during the day and at night transforms into a performance venue with restaurant and bar.

The launch will be followed by Progress (16 – 26 May), an MLIVE festival of music, comedy, theatre, talks, experimental installation and student events that will spotlight the Centre’s venues.

Event Details

Launch of The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts

The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts, 48 Exhibition Walk, Monash University Clayton Campus

5.45 – 8 pm

Media Opportunities

The following interview and visual opportunities will be available on the day: Interview opportunities (potentially available early afternoon with notice)

▪ Professor Paul Grabowsky AO, Executive Director, Monash Academy of Performing Arts, available between 10am – 1pm, in the Centre

▪ Backstage with pianist Aura Go, 4 – 4.30pm, Sound Gallery

▪ Backstage with jazz vocalist Vince Jones,4.30-5 pm, Jazz Club

▪ Backstage with the Monash Australian Jazz Ensemble from Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, 3 – 3.30pm, Jazz Club

Visual opportunities

Official proceedings

▪ Smoking ceremony: Entrance, 5.45 – 6 pm.

▪ Welcome to country with elder Janet Galpin introduced by Paul Grabowsky, MC and Executive Director of the Monash Academy of Performing Arts: 6 – 6.02 pm.

▪ Unveiling of plaque: Alexander Theatre, 6.50 - 6.55 pm.


▪ One Fire Aboriginal Dance Company (five participants, including one didgeridoo), 6.02– 6.12 pm, Foyer

▪ Australian soprano Emma Matthews with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra directed by William Hennessy (10 players including 6 violins, 2 celli, bass and harpsichord) performing ‘Da Tempeste’ from Handel’s Giulio Cesare, 6.30 - 6.40 pm, Alexander Theatre

▪ Uncle Jack Charles recites Les Murray poem , 6.52 – 6.57 pm, Alexander Theatre

▪ One Fell Swoop, contemporary circus performance, 7.10-7.30 pm, Foyer

▪ Aura Go, piano, 7.10-7.30pm, Sound Gallery

▪ Vince Jones, Paul Grabowsky and band, 7.30 – 7.45 pm, Jazz Club

▪ Monash Australian Jazz Ensemble from Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, 7.45 – 8.30 pm, Jazz Club



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