Geelong After Dark will pause this year as the uncertainty of changing COVID-19 restrictions have made planning for this major event untenable.
We are taking the opportunity during this hiatus to review our programs and events and deliver a new Arts and Culture Strategy for Geelong which will inspire program directions that respond to community aspirations.
Community members are invited to help set the direction for Arts and Culture in the Geelong region by providing feedback on the Have Your Say page at yoursay.geelongaustralia.com.au
Deputy Mayor Trent Sullivan, Chair of the Creative Communities
It’s unfortunate this beloved festival couldn’t return this year.
While it’s disappointing the City won’t be holding Geelong After Dark this year, we look forward to developing a strong strategic direction for arts and culture to help guide delivery of Geelong after Dark and other events in the future” Deputy Mayor Sullivan said.
I encourage community members to share their thoughts on the important draft Arts and Cultural Strategy, as it sets out a 10-year vision for the region and builds on the arts, culture and heritage recovery initiatives, worth $665,000, announced by council last year.
Quotes attributed to City of
Greater Geelong Gareth Smith, Director, City Planning and Economy
Dark has been held annually in May since 2014 with planning for each event
commencing in September of the previous year in order to coordinate the
multiple partners who participate in delivery of this exciting event.
We are disappointed
that it will be postponed this year given the uncertainty around COVID-19
restrictions at the time that we usually commence planning, however, we look
forward to progressing the community consultation on the Arts and Culture
Strategy which will inform the future direction of all festivals and cultural
events within Greater Geelong.