Late-night entertainment plan to make Melbourne vibrant, safer

MELBOURNE City Council last week approved a funding boost to promote late-night entertainment in the city.

The Council is investing up to $117,000 to broaden the scope of late-night entertainment on offer in the city, which will enable major arts festivals to trial late-night programming that is hoped will broaden the number of arts events on offer and activate Melbourne into a vibrant 24-hour city.

Festivals to receive additional funding for late-night programming are the International Comedy Festival, International Jazz Festival, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival.

Announcing the plan, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said "Melbourne is a 24-hour city, and we want late-night entertainment that goes beyond nightclubs and bars. We believe if we broaden the scope of the city's late-night offering, a wider audience will visit.

"The additional funding announced today is for arts events designed to attract a wider audience in to the city. The flow-on effect is that this will help to create a safer city with more people out at night participating in activities that are not solely based on alcohol" the Lord Mayor said.

New late-night events include a Silent Disco, A Late Night Chat Show and all-night video-art marathons.

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