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Protecting A Much-Loved Victorian Icon

18 May 2018

Melbourne’s famed Festival Hall is a step closer to receiving heritage protection.

The heartbeat of Melbourne’s arts, music and sporting culture was nominated for the Victorian Heritage Register in January, after a planning application was lodged with the City of Melbourne for a development on the site.

Festival Hall has sat at the heart of Melbourne’s live music scene for more than 60 years, playing host to blockbuster acts such as The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Built just in time for the 1956 Olympic Games, Festival Hall has etched its name in Victoria’s sporting folklore as the scene of some of Australian boxing’s most memorable bouts – with Lester Ellis, Lionel Rose and Anthony Mundine all weaving their magic under the Festival Hall lights.

Heritage Victoria’s recommendation is based on a number of factors, including:

Festival Hall’s historical and social significance at a state level

Its place in Victoria’s sporting and cultural history books

A long, socially-significant relationship with Victoria’s live music community

If the Heritage Council of Victoria decides to include Festival Hall on the Victorian Heritage Register, any proposed development would need a heritage permit before it could proceed.

The community can make submissions at heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au

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Peter Maltezos's picture

In my opinion Festival Hall (former West Melbourne Stadium) does not deserve to be on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Yes, we have had quite a few well known bands and sporting events take place there and I myself have seen INXS, Skyhooks, Joe Jackson, Alice Cooper and countless others perform there, that does not justify heritage protection.

The facts as I see it; Festival Hall is nothing more than a shed pretending to be a concert hall / sporting stadium with bad acoustics and lousy seating, has no redeeming architectural features and as far as I'm concerned an embarrassment for us to have had international acts perform there.

The sooner they demolish this blight on the West Melbourne landscape, the better as far as I'm concerned.


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George D's picture

It's a bad building with some cultural associations. However these positive associations are with the bands, music, and individuals concerned. It was the best site available at the time, nothing more. That cultural memory will still exist with or without the building.

If this is "saved" (one of the few times that term might actually be used accurately), in a few decades it will be a historic bad building with fewer positive associations.

There's a larger question about how we keep, increase, and maintain spaces that are used for cultural activities including music, but retaining this building won't solve that problem. It's simply not useful for many things.

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Gordon A. Jack's picture

Excellent to read about the festival! When anything serves the country for so long then that thing deserves some appreciation. So, I will say that Melbourne’s Famed Festival Hall should be registered for Victorian Heritage which students can check edubirdie review at essayreviewexpert.com services and get best essay work. The Hall has hosted a bundle of memorable events, we should not forget that.

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