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People’s Space for CHOGM 2011 unveiled

11 Oct 2011

The State Government has completed a major transformation of the Perth Cultural Centre ahead of it becoming the People’s Space during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting  (CHOGM) later this month.

Planning Minister John Day today officially opened a nature-inspired children’s play space near the WA Museum and highlighted other new improvements, including special lighting effects.

“The Perth Cultural Centre will be the focal point for West Australians who wish to be part of the CHOGM 2011 experience and for future events,” Mr Day said.

“Of the latest additions, the most prominent is the giant LED screen which will be used to promote events taking place within the Perth Cultural Centre and allow live public screenings of free films and events from interstate and overseas.

“Over the last three years, the State Government has spent $17million transforming the Perth Cultural Centre to create a premier events destination and it is a testament to the success of this work that it will be the centre of such a significant festival.”

In addition, the interactive children’s play focuses on the senses and incorporates a number of musical instruments, including chimes and drums.
Other improvements completed by the East Perth Redevelopment Authority include the addition of new CCTV cameras and emergency phones, to further improve safety and security, and directional signage to help visitors find their way around the area.

During the eight-day Commonwealth Festival, the People’s Space will be a hub of live music, markets, displays, exhibitions, street theatre performances and films supported by the State Government.  Events run from 11am-8pm and entrance is free. 

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