A new community centre and performance space – the St Albans Community Centre (STACC) featuring the exciting new Bowery Theatre will open soon!
Brimbank Council will soon open a new community centre and performance space – the St Albans Community Centre (STACC) featuring the exciting new Bowery Theatre, Brimbank Mayor Cr John Hedditch said.
“Council is thrilled to open the new $8.9 million St Albans Community Centre to the public on Saturday 18 March,” Cr Hedditch said.
“This much needed centre creates a space where the community can come together to share arts, culture, and ideas – and to celebrate the diverse cultures that make up our Brimbank community.
“Spaces at STACC will be used by community groups from diverse cultural backgrounds, as well as for training, dance, and youth activities.”
STACC includes the Bowery Theatre – a new 200-seat performing arts theatre with the tagline “Be bold”, named in honour of internationally recognised performance artist and designer, the late Leigh Bowery.
“As a locally raised and educated artist, Bowery is a role model who exemplifies how much can be achieved with boldness and creativity,” Cr Hedditch said.
“Brimbank City Council is determined to promote innovative arts opportunities in Brimbank – and we look forward to a program of bold events for all to enjoy at the Bowery Theatre.”
Council also honoured former Mayor and Councillor of Keilor, the late Jack Sheridan, by naming the centre’s Atrium after the local resident.
“Through Mr Sheridan’s leadership as President of the St Albans Community Cooperative Ltd, the Cooperative contributed $2.5 million to the redevelopment of STACC,” Cr Hedditch said.
The Centre was designed after extensive consultation with key stakeholders and funded by Council ($5.9 million), the St Albans Community Co-op ($2.5 million) and the Victorian Government ($500,000).
The centre will be wholly owned and operated by Council.
A consultative committee representing industry, community and Council has been established to guide, and provide input into, programs and activities offered through the centre.
“Council will work to establish strong relationships with professionals in the music and theatre industries to ensure that STACC reaches its potential for success,” Cr Hedditch said.
The community and arts enthusiasts are invited to tour the venue and experience a day of arts, music, and cultural performances at the opening of STACC and Bowery Theatre on Saturday 18 March.
The community open day will be held at the start of Cultural Diversity Week, Saturday 18 – Sunday 26 March – with diverse performances planned on the day and across Brimbank throughout the week.