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In 2012, Ideas for Melbourne will be the talk of the town.

With city elections looming in 2012, we’re kicking off this year’s programming by turning the spotlight on some of Melbourne’s biggest civic issues. Over the course of a week, we’ll be asking the city’s most controversial questions, giving you the chance to ask the city’s best placed commentators, experts and policy-makers the questions that will decide this year’s elections. Our aim is simple: to generate public conversation on the issues that matter to Melbournians most.

In this session, we ask: can Melbourne still claim the title of Australia’s cultural capital? Explore this question with Gina McColl, Carrillo Gantner and Susan Provan and Gerard Vaughan.

Tweet at this event: #IdeasMelb


Carrillo Gantner

Carrillo Gantner is President of the Melbourne Festival and chairman of the Sidney Myer Fund. His many achievements include being the first drama officer at the Australian Council for the Arts (1970-1973), general manager of the Melbourne Theatre Company, and being founding director, executive direc... Read more

Gina McColl

Gina McColl is The Age’s arts editor. Before becoming a journalist, Gina taught fine arts and cinema studies at the University of Melbourne. She joined BRW in 1997, where she edited, flagship issues, and covered cultural and social trends. Previously the visual arts feature writer for T... Read more

Gerard Vaughan

Dr Gerard Vaughan was appointed director of the National Gallery of Victoria in 1999. He is an art historian with extensive experience within the international art and museum worlds. His research interests are particularly concerned with the history of taste and art collecting in the 18th and 19th c... Read more

Susan Provan

Susan Provan is the Director of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival which, along with the comedy program of the Edinburgh Fringe and the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, makes up a trio of the largest comedy events in the world.  In 2017 the Festival sold over 560,000 tickets, was atten... Read more


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