The City of Greater Dandenong is the regional capital of the south east, and is home to Melbourne’s second largest retail and commercial centre. Greater Dandenong is the most ethnically diverse area in Victoria, and welcomed the highest number of settlers in any Victorian municipality in 2011-12.
The City of Greater Dandenong hosts an exciting and evolving arts and cultural program that supports the community’s high artistic endeavour and celebrates cultural diversity. Regular events include annual light projection winter event Nocturnal, the Transformed Temporary Public Art Program, the Greater Dandenong Film Festival as well as a variety of cultural development projects and events aimed at encouraging place activation and community engagement.
Greater Dandenong runs a number of cultural facilities that support a vibrant arts and entertainment scene. The Drum Theatre, a 521 seat state-of-the-art, purpose built performing arts theatre within the heritage facade of the former Dandenong Town Hall, engages with artists and the community to host more than 150 performances for over 60,000 patrons each year via a range of professional touring productions, local theatrical performances and community presentations. Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre hosts an exciting range of high quality and diverse exhibitions from leading Australian contemporary artists, while a unique historic precinct Heritage Hill Museum & Historic Gardens offers exhibitions, artist residencies, musical events and public programs.
Greater Dandenong is also home to a diverse and dynamic public art collection, featuring over 100 permanent and temporary installations across the municipality. Many of the artworks which celebrate Greater Dandenong’s local identity and character have received industry awards, national media exposure and have been accepted into state collections.