Venue & Host City
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place
South Wharf, Victoria 3006
The centrepiece of Melbourne’s new South Wharf development is the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) – Australia’s most versatile convention and exhibition facility. Visitors looking for a truly Melbourne experience will find it encapsulated here at the centre – art, entertainment, culture, food and wine all set among an absolutely stunning, award-winning architectural design.
As the first, and only, ’6 Star Green Star’ environmentally rated convention centre in the world, the venue represents world leadership in best practice, innovation and sustainability and continues to raise standards to new heights in technology, imaginative catering and service options.
The MCEC boasts 52 meeting rooms of various sizes, a banquet hall, a spectacular entry level foyer, and a 5550+ state-of-the-art plenary that can be divided into three self-contained, acoustically separate theatres.
Sitting alongside and internally linked to the convention centre is the Melbourne Exhibition Centre featuring 30,000 square metres of purpose-built clear-span exhibition space, meeting rooms, a 466-seat auditorium, and the Clarendon Room with spectacular views over the Yarra River.
Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, is situated on the picturesque tree-lined banks of the Yarra River. Melbourne is located on the south-east coast and is the 2nd largest city in Australia. Over 3.5 million people live in the city, which has been voted The World’s Most Liveable City on a number of occasions. It is a thriving and cosmopolitan city with a unique balance of graceful old buildings and stunning new architecture surrounded by parks and gardens. Melbourne is Australia’s leader in the arts, sport and fashion, and has some of the finest restaurants in the country.
Melbourne is renowned for its festivals and sporting events, staging an exciting variety of entertainment each year including the Formula One Australian Grand Prix, the Australian Open Tennis, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Melbourne Film Festival, the Boxing Day Test Cricket, the AFL Grand Final, the Heineken Golf Classic, and the Spring Racing Carnival.
The recent Docklands development has seen Melbourne city embrace the beauty of the Bay, converting old port authority sheds west of the city into a vibrant residential, business, sporting and entertainment precinct by the water.
For the night cats, Melbourne has the most live music venues in Australia and a burgeoning number of chic and groovy inner city bars for every level and style of socialising imaginable. Melbournians are also spoilt by the quality and range of gastronomic delights available to them. And for the shop-a-holics Melbourne fashion is the envy of many, from the stylish end of town in ritzy Collins Street to the urban cool of Chapel Street in South Yarra.
For more information on Melbourne including maps and guides, please visit www.thatsmelbourne.com.au. You can also get tailored advice once you have arrived by going to the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square, open 09.00 to 18.00 7 days a week.
Please click here to find a range of possible activities as part of your Congress experience in Melbourne.
Visit the Theatre
KINKY BOOTS, Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit premières in Melbourne from 12 October!
Featuring 16 Grammy® and Tony® winning songs by pop icon CYNDI LAUPER, this joyous musical celebration is about finding friendship, inspiration and passion where you least expect it.
Based on the Miramax film starring Joel Edgerton, and inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a shoe factory in Northern England to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business. Looking to save the factory, Charlie turns to a fabulously fashionable new friend — cabaret star Lola — who gives him an outrageous idea that could change both of their destinies.
Soon, this unlikely duo creates the most sensational footwear that’s ever rocked the runways of Milan, giving the factory and its hardworking family a sparkling new future.
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Author Registration Deadline:
26 August 2016
Early Bird Registration Deadline:
26 August 2016
Late Breaking Author Registration Deadline:
1 November 2016
3 – 7 December 2016