Artbeat – share your thoughts on arts and culture in Nillumbik

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The arts have long formed part of the heart and soul of the Shire of Nillumbik.

Nillumbik Shire Council is embarking on the development of a new Arts and Culture Strategy and is seeking input from our community.

Artbeat – a pulse check for Arts and Culture in Nillumbik – provides a number of ways for everyone who lives, works and plays in the Shire to share their thoughts about arts, culture and creativity. How to get involved:

  • Complete an online survey at participate.nillumbik.vic.gov.au/arts-culture. Everyone who completes the survey goes in the draw to win tickets to Montsalvat or one of three $100 prepaid credit cards. Survey closes 30 June 2021.
  • Enjoy a series of pop-up street performances including stilt walkers, living statues, dancers and even performing garden gnomes and zebras across the Shire until the end of May. Council staff will be on hand to speak with community members about arts and culture.
  • Join a focus group session in June with live entertainment and free coffee and tea. Bookings essential at participate.nillumbik.vic.gov.au
  • You can email our Arts and Cultural Development Team directly or book in a conversation to discuss your thoughts and ideas at artsinfo@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

Nillumbik Mayor Peter Perkins said arts and culture had a long and strong history in the Shire.

“Whether it’s visual art, music, theatre and performance, literature, our creative industries or local heritage – they all play an important role in improving everyday life here in Nillumbik,” Cr Perkins said.

“This strategy will guide the sector in our Shire over the next four years. Being the first post-COVID arts and culture strategy, the timing will also allow us to identify ways to better support our creative communities.”

Cr Geoff Paine, who is chair of Nillumbik’s Arts Advisory Committee, said there were plenty of fun ways to get involved.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional artist, or just someone who likes to go to gigs or see the occasional exhibition, we’re keen to hear from you,” Cr Paine said.

“We’d love to hear about any big ideas people have for how arts and culture in Nillumbik can be made even better.”

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