Circus Oz Media Release

An open house day at the new purpose-built creative hub in Collingwood

After 10 years of dreaming, hoping and planning, Circus Oz has moved to a fabulous new home on part of the former Collingwood TAFE site, purpose-built for Circus Oz by the Victorian Government.

Renowned for their work on heritage listed and public buildings and spaces, award-winning architects Lovell Chen have designed an inspiring creative hub for the next phase and future sustainability of Circus Oz.

Two years in construction, the new building features two rehearsal spaces that allows the Circus Oz artistic team to create and develop new shows under performance like conditions and also enables Circus Oz to expand their public and community classes, programs and activities.

Later this year, Circus Oz are scheduled to set up its spectacular 100-year old Melba Spiegeltent at the Collingwood site, which will run as a live venue space for emerging and cutting edge artists and support the development of contemporary circus, including showcasing Circus Oz’s initiatives and programs.

On Saturday, 29 March 2014, run away and join the circus for a day as Circus Oz flings open its doors and host a housewarming like no other – it’s an extended invitation to Melbourne, the wider circus community and all the mob who have helped shape the company over the past 36 years.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to tour the new building in Collingwood with the rare access to observe the Circus Oz ensemble at work and the back stage machinations of the company.

The open house initiative will feature FREE activities including some kids circus workshops, while members of the Circus Oz ensemble rehearse and develop their skills in the large rehearsal room.

CIRCUS OZ HOUSEWARMING – an open house day at the new purpose-built creative hub in Collingwood

Date Saturday, 29 March 2014

Time 11am – 4pm

Location Circus Oz

Address 50 Perry Street, Collingwood (between Smith Street and Wellington Street)

Activities during the day may include:

- FREE tours of the building

- FREE juggling, hula or circus skill workshops

- Having the rare opportunity to see the Circus Oz ensemble rehearse and develop their skills

- Local food and beverage vendors on site.

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