Our creative state

Victoria is home to some of our nation’s most popular creative and cultural events, from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to the Grampians Grape Escape.

Crowd outside the National Gallery of Victoria

Every year, these events attracts thousands and thousands of visitors, boosting local businesses, supporting local economies, and creating local jobs.

With the Victorian Government already supporting more than 100 events across our state, this year’s Budget continues our commitment to the industries and individuals who underpin Victoria’s success. This includes:

Promoting Geelong's cultural precinct

$128 million for the Geelong Performing Arts Centre redevelopment, which will improve visitor experience and further promote Geelong’s cultural precinct.

Continuing the Summer Program and Triennial exhibitions at the NGV

$47.7 million to support the National Gallery of Victoria including continuing the Summer Program and Triennial exhibitions.

Creating the Victoria Live Festival

$14 million for creation of the Victoria Live festival to showcase Victoria’s live music scene, local food, wine and craft beer, while growing local jobs.

Supporting our local film industry

$3 million to establish an Indian Cinema and Bollywood Attraction Fund to attract Indian film projects to Victoria and support our local film industry.

Boosting tourism through silo art and murals

$1 million in grants for more silo art and large-scale murals on buildings across our state, revitalising communities, boosting tourism and backing local jobs.

The Budget also invests a further $7 million to redevelop State Library Victoria, ensuring this icon can continue serving the next generation of Victorians.

Media release

Inspiring Talent And Growing Local Creativity And Jobs

Reviewed 27 May 2019

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