Victorians will be able to take a look at the exciting new additions to Melbourne’s Southbank cultural precinct when Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Theatre Company throw open their doors for two free public open days. 

From 10am-2pm on Saturday, February 7 and a week later on Sunday, February 15, the inner workings of these two state-of-the-art buildings side-by-side on Southbank Boulevard will be on show, with entertainment, tours and activities for all the family.

Minister for the Arts Lynne Kosky invited all Victorians to visit.  "Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre are two stunning new venues that will provide a range of new music and theatre experiences for the people of Victoria.  I encourage you to come along to the free open day events and be among the first to see inside these extraordinary new buildings, experience a taste of what they will offer and have the unique opportunity to go behind-the-scenes."

The $128 million Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Theatre Company Theatre project was initiated and delivered by the Victorian Government, and the Open Day events are supported by the Victorian Government.

Melbourne Recital Centre will present live performances throughout the building, showcasing Western and world music ranging from Beethoven and Mozart to music from Japan, India and Africa.  On display will be one of Australia’s earlier music machines, Percy Grainger’s 1946 Sliding Pipe Free Music Invention, and one of Australia’s latest:  a stunning new interactive instrument, Glass Percussion Project. 

Next door at Melbourne Theatre Company there will be tours of the building offering the chance to see the set and hear the music of the first play in the 500 seat-Sumner Theatre, Poor Boy by Matt Cameron and Tim Finn.  In the 160 seat- Lawler Studio there will be a series of displays demonstrating the process of how a play is developed, from scripts, set models, costume design and props through to what is seen on stage.

Melbourne Recital Centre CEO Dr Jacques de Vos Malan said, “This is an opportunity for the whole family to come and see Victoria’s wonderful new home of music.  While you’re visiting, you will be able to be both audience member and musician, experiencing our front-of-house areas and our private backstage facilities and dressing rooms.  We want you to know this place like the back of your hand before our first season of music-making really gets under way.”

“Do the words warm, light, glittering, magical excite you?  That’s what our theatre is all about,” said Melbourne Theatre Company General Manager Ann Tonks.  “For over 20 years, we’ve been trying to build a theatre and now with the help of brilliant architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall, the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Government, we have two fabulous performance spaces.  Come and experience the thrill of our new home.”

A variety of refreshments will be available on the day including a Sausage Sizzle on Southbank Boulevard. 

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