Darebin Arts Speakeasy launches its 2023 season and celebrates ten years of Darebin Arts’ role as an influential hub for performing artists to develop and present innovative new work. Since 2013, Darebin City Council’s Speakeasy program has invested in contemporary dance, circus, theatre and multi-disciplinary work that speaks to issues that matter to the community, celebrate cultural diversity and reflect the times we’re living in.
Over the past decade Darebin Arts Speakeasy has supported over 1,500 artists to create over 150 original works presented to over 75,000 patrons, receiving 40 creative industry awards and a further 116 nominations. Darebin Arts has backed many of the ground-breaking artists and companies that make Melbourne’s art sector so iconic: RAWCUS, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, The Hayloft Project, Little Ones Theatre, Stephanie Lake Company, Elbow Room, MKA, Double Water Sign, and lead artists like Joel Bray, Michele Lee, Emilie Collyer, Anna Seymour, Stella Young and Sammy J.
With an independent panel of local artists leading the curation of each season, Darebin Arts Speakeasy offers audiences a dynamic and diverse mix of shows from Melbourne’s best performing artists. To realise each production, artists receive an impressive package including cash investment, marketing, publicity and technical support, and space to rehearse and present their work in either the Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre or the Darebin Arts Centre.
The first suite of shows in the 2023 season features well-known companies, hot young ensembles, and talented emerging artists, presenting two new plays, three contemporary dance works, and a cutting edge First Nations-led circus company.
Darebin Speakeasy presents the first half of their 2023 season with a collection of exciting performances taking place from March – July 2023 at the Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre and Darebin Arts Centre.