維多利亞藝術中心

Vision Magazine - - Theatre -

Mel­bourne has a long and il­lus­tri­ous the­atre his­tory, with the Princess The­atre open­ing in 1857. In the years since, many beau­ti­ful theatres have been es­tab­lished, all of which have pro­vided mil­lions of the­atre go­ers with count­less hours of en­ter­tain­ment. This vi­brant the­atre cul­ture is just one of the many rea­sons that Mel­bourne is the arts cap­i­tal of Aus­tralia.

Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne is a rel­a­tive new­comer to the Mel­bourne the­atre scene, al­though the jour­ney from in­cep­tion to com­ple­tion was long and full of chal­lenges. Just af­ter World War II, the Vic­to­rian gov­ern­ment de­cided that Mel­bourne needed a cul­tural cen­tre, with the site next to the Yarra River be­ing cho­sen for its cen­tral lo­ca­tion.

This piece of land has hosted many en­ter­tain­ing spec­ta­cles dur­ing Mel­bourne’s his­tory, ev­ery­thing from cir­cuses and the­atre per­for­mances to ice and roller skat­ing, movies and dances. There was even a tent city here dur­ing the early years of the Vic­to­rian gold rush – the iconic build­ing’s big top shape and spire pay homage both to the tent city and the rich his­tory of en­ter­tain­ment that has played out at this spe­cial site.

臨近墨爾本市區,座落於Yarra 河畔,相對於當地擁有久遠歷史的劇院而言,Arts Cen­tre 被稱為「New Comer」( 新來者)。二戰之後,維州政府認為,墨爾本作為藝術之都,應該在 Yar­ra河畔擁有一個配的上「藝術之都」稱號的多功能藝術中心。

於是,經過九年的營建,1982年,一座有著醒目高聳尖塔外型的藝術中心誕生了。中心範圍包括位於雅拉河南岸的中心劇院和墨爾本音樂廳,而墨爾本音樂廳的廳院中另外設有會議廳、宴會廳、餐廳、畫廊、博物館、藝術品店等。

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