The State Government and City of Melbourne has just announced The Creative Laneways project as part of Melbourne’s COVID-19 recovery plan, which looks to attract people back into the CBD with music, light and art installations throughout 40 of the city’s laneways.
Creative Laneways will run for a total of six months. While there is a hold on the official launch date pending case numbers and Melbourne’s move toward a COVID-normal, the first project, a lighting installation by Ogilvy Australia and art studio Vandal, is planned for Westwood place in the CBD.
Following Ogilvy and Vandal’s initial installation, organisers will open a call out to Victorian creatives across various disciplines including music production, design, lighting design and visual artists.
Fuelling the project is $7.5 million from the State Government’s Working for Victoria fund along with $1.4 million courtesy of the City of Melbourne. Along with funding the production seven digit figure will provide up to 150 jobs to keep the arts scene working.
The Creative Laneaways project will take place across the laneways within the CBD, North Melbourne and Carlton.
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