HIDDEN BEHIND THE GLASS DOORS OF THE CARDINIA CULTURAL CENTRE IS A WORLD YOU MIGHT NOT QUITE EXPECT.
Sitting next to the gently rippling waters of Lakeside Pakenham Lake, the Centre lies in the peaceful grounds of suburban Melbourne, surrounded by the homes of young professionals, grandparents and new families - people like you. Patrons buzz in and out of the doors, giving the venue a feeling of excitement. It’s a place where, despite the tranquil surroundings - things are happening. And things are truly happening at this unique local spot, with a state of the art redevelopment turning this beautiful building into a hub for up and coming digital artists, theatre, dance and the arts of the new millennium.
Dave Thomson is an artist and one of the local faces at the venue - and his enthusiasm for the future of art in Australia is palpable. “Cardinia Cultural Centre is a place where we can develop artists,” he said. “We allow them to experiment and explore, without them needing access to the restrictive budgets digital art installations usually need.” As he walks around The Gallery, which uses space in a way that gives the room both an intimate and majestic feel, you can feel his passion for the space. “The Gallery is a blank canvas – and the set up rivals even the National Gallery of Victoria,” he continues. “This is a space where artists can do whatever they want. Try and push us.”
It’s a challenge that may well be taken up by local Casey Cardinia artists, with the room featuring access to water, to support installations of a more liquid variety - and even the ability to hang heavy items to the ceiling – as heavy as a car. The possibilities are endless.
Beyond access to digital arts, the Centre offers state-of-the-art performances, including the upcoming Arj Barker and Victorian State Ballet, proving both laughs and thoughtful commentary on our community by the most talented in the business.
This unique venue also offers function space to host weddings, community events or meetings, while the redevelopment provides additional car parking.
In the past, the suburbs have been forgotten and people travelled to the city for world-class entertainment and the best of art and new technology. Those days are gone. The Centre is the home of a grassroots cultural movement where Australia’s best has spilled into the suburbs.
The Cardinia Cultural Centre redevelopment will be fully open to the public on 8 November. No invitation is needed to stop by, have a coffee and explore what’s happening in your backyard.
40 Lakeside Boulevard, Pakenham
Phone 1300 887 624 or visit
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