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Thriving Fridays

A celebration of local Deaf and Disabled Artists

Introduction to Thriving Fridays (previously ‘Thrive Festival’)

1:00pm, 24 July 2021

Free, on Arts Access Victoria’s Youtube Channel

In place of Thrive Festival, which has evolved to suit COVID-19 restrictions, Thriving Fridays will present exhibitions, activities and performances from local Deaf and Disabled artists in Emerald Hill (South Melbourne). This program of events is held at several creative venues, including Arts Access Victoria, Nebula, Temperance Hall and the Emerald Hill Library and Heritage Centre, Arts Access Victoria, Nebula, Temperance Hall, the Emerald Hill Library and Heritage Centre, and more! At the heart of the festivities is Arts Access Victoria’s accessible, state of the art portable venue, Nebula, which will be located outside the front of the South Melbourne Town Hall.

Thriving Fridays is an exciting program presenting performances, visual art and film inspired by the geography of Emerald Hill. Local Deaf and Disabled artists received grants from the City of Port Phillip for professional development to produce their work.

The program includes artists Joe Monteleone, Heidi Everett, Samsara Dunston, Adam Knapper, Hugh McNab, Ryan New, Daniel Coulson, Dave Houston with students from Port Phillip Specialist School, Sabina Knox, and more!

See a glimpse of what is on offer in our Thrive Digital introduction on Saturday 24 July, on the AAV youtube channel as part of Open House Melbourne‘s Digital event, hosted by Arts Access Victoria CEO Caroline Bowditch and Creative Producer Sarah Houbolt.

Thriving Fridays is produced by Arts Access Victoria, in partnership with City of Port Phillip, with support from local businesses and venues.

Thriving Fridays is a COVID-safe festival, find out more about how you can stay COVID-safe and what we will be doing to protect the community.

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Thriving Fridays Digital Prgram

Breaking the Barriers by Joe Monteleone

Learn more about Joe’s Exhibition 

Front Up by Adam Knapper

Check out Front Up online and in-person

Q & A with Heidi Everett and Samsara Dunston

Watch the interview and experience their Thrive projects

More to be announced! Watch this space!

All you need to know about Thrive Festival 2021 with Sarah Houbolt


Access provision is detailed in the festival guide. The festival will have audio describers and Auslan interpreters, quiet rooms, volunteer help, and venue social stories. Audio description links will be uploaded on this website.

Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Access

Auslan Auslan

Opened Captioning (all audience can view) Opened Captioning (all audience can view)

Audio Description Audio Description

Click here for the City of Port Phillip Access Map


If you are interested in volunteering at Thrive Festival, register your details on the volunteer call out form

Questions and Feedback

For information, sponsorship opportunities, questions or feedback, contact Creative Producer Sarah Houbolt

03 9699 8299

Partners and Sponsorship

Thrive Festival is proudly produced by Arts Access Victoria in partnership with City of Port Phillip.

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with support from

Open House Melborune logo   Port Phillip Libary Services  Temerance Hall logo Park Towers MAnagment LogoAustralian Tapestry Workshop Logo South Melbroune Market Logo     Ignition Immersive Gasworks Arts Park Logo