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Arts and Cultural Services

Knox City Council provides a myriad of cultural opportunities and programs for the community to engage themselves in.

Community and Public Arts

Community and Public Arts involves working with community and for community in public spaces. The Immerse exhibition program and the Wall to Wall Mentoring program are examples of annual programs that not only develop local engagement with the arts in Knox but also give a platform for local artists to develop and exhibit their works.

Art projects are continually created throughout the year. Projects such as Touch this Earth Lightly, Suburban Bloom and Wearable Arts have been developed in collaboration with other Council departments to assist in the communication of important community messages and ideas that help improve community members’ lives.

Art initiatives have been developed to help build the creative sector in Knox. Artslink is Knox’s own artist register. The register provides a communication platform between Council and artists living in Knox and surrounding areas. The Knox Craft Collective is another recent initiative, formed due to the popularity of craft in Knox, allowing craft artists, businesses and organisations to network, thereby encouraging sector growth and support.

With the recent development of the Public Art Policy Knox City Council is embarking on a Public Art Program. The Public Art program is managed by Community Arts. As well, the Civic Art Collection and Placemaker Legacy art collection are managed by the Community and Public Arts Officer.

Community Art Centres

Knox Community Art Centre

The Knox Community Art Centre has been entertaining audiences for the past 40 years with a wide range of professional and amateur theatre including opera, cabaret, dance, circus, cinema, children’s theatre and music.

The Centre’s commitment to developing partnerships has played a huge role in developing the calibre of the theatre shows within the City of Knox and partnerships to date include The Arts Centre Melbourne, Opera Australia, Deaf Children Australia, Australian Jazz Museum, La Mamma Theatre and Deakin University. As well, the Centre maintains a strong sense of community ownership and has assisted many amateur theatre groups to stage their performances.

The centre boasts a contemporary foyer complete with the 20Twenty exhibition and gallery space, a public sculpture, accessible entrance ramp and front deck and landscaping.

Location: Knox Community Arts Centre, Corner Scoresby Rd & Mountain Hwy, Bayswater.
Bookings: 03 9729 7287.

Ferntree Gully Community Arts Centre

Nestled in a peaceful bushland setting, the Ferntree Gully Community Arts Centre is the perfect venue to explore your creativity. It presents a range of art classes and workshops with a focus on pottery for adults and children. The venue is available to hire and shares the building with the local Ferntree Gully Library.

Location: Ferntree Gully Community Arts Centre, 1010 Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully.
Enquiries: 03 9758 9180.

Festivals and Events

Knox City Council facilitates a range of community festivals and events each year located at various venues across the municipality. Major events include Knox Festival, Stringybark Festival and Carols by Candlelight.

Knox Festival

Knox City Council kicks off its festival season at Wally Tew Reserve, Ferntree Gully with its premier art making event on the first weekend of March each year. In 2016 the festival theme, 'Made in Knox – Hidden Treasures' commemorates in big and small ways all the things, the EVERYTHING that have made and continue to make 'your' Knox tick.

Visit the Knox Festival page.

Stringybark Festival

In the third weekend of October the Stringybark Festival takes place in Rowville. Now in its 31st year, this sustainability event will continue to inform and empower the local community to make achievable changes in their daily lives that contribute to a more sustainable way of living.

Visit the Stringybark Festival page.

Carols by Candlelight

Knox Carols by Candlelight is Melbourne’s largest Christmas Carols celebration outside of the Myer Music Bowl and the largest single-day event in Knox, with over 200 performers dazzling a crowd of more than 15,000 at the Wally Tew Reserve in Ferntree Gully. This year Luke Kennedy ('The Voice' runner up) and Australian pop icon Paulini will be head lining the Carols main stage.

Visit the Knox Carols by Candlelight page.

Guy Turner Reserve Playground Opening
Giant Giraffe one of many roving performers
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