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Victoria’s cultural institutions draw 11.4 million visitors in record-breaking year

Annual reports tabled by the Victorian state government in Parliament for its nine creative and cultural agencies showed that the 2015/2016 year was “a year of creative  growth and achievement.” 

The government report stated, “From dinosaurs to David Bowie and The Dressmaker, 2015-16 was a year of variety, achievement and audience growth for Victoria’s creative and cultural agencies.” The reports reflected “a year of dynamism, diversity and considerable accolades at home and abroad.”
 
The nine state-owned cultural institutions are Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Recital Centre, State Library of Victoria, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Museum Victoria and National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).
 
In total, they drew 11.4 million visitors across the year.  The State Library, ACMI, NGV and Scienceworks each achieved new records for visitation.
 
ACMI’s four Melbourne-made touring exhibitions had 543,000 attendees as they travelled to six international locations and five regional Australian centres.
 
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “These reports provide a picture of sound management, quality product and audience growth across a range of platforms and regions. These agencies are owned by all Victorians and we have so much to be proud of.”
 
Collectively, the portfolio reported a record 20.6 million online user sessions – an increase of more than 20 per cent on the previous year and a potent example of just how far and wide the agencies now reach in a globally connected world.
 
More than 570,000 students participated in agency education programs. Volunteers devoted 100,000 hours of service, the equivalent of 33 years worth of work.
 
Film Victoria invested in 67 local film, television and games projects, creating 8,068 more jobs and generating $173 million for the Victorian economy.
 
The Women in Games Fellowship, and the Film Victoria–Natalie Miller Fellowship Women in Leadership Development Initiative were also introduced to assist Victorian women in the industry.
 
Minister Foley summed up, “These reports provide a picture of sound management, quality product and audience growth across a range of platforms and regions. These agencies are owned by all Victorians and we have so much to be proud of.”

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