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Thrive Festival

A celebration of local Deaf and Disabled Artists

Thrive festival square

The Emerald Hill precinct will come alive with exhibitions, activities and performances from local Deaf and Disabled artists on Saturday 24 July for Thrive Festival alongside of Open House Melbourne. This new, free festival is held at several creative venues, including Arts Access Victoria, Nebula, Temperance Hall, Gasworks Art Park and the Emerald Hill Library and Heritage Centre, and more! The festival is from 10:30am – 4:30pm, beginning with a smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country. The heart of the festival 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.

Thrive 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, and Sabina Knox.

Australian Tapestry Workshop will also run Auslan and audio described tours to give a rare up-close glimpse of the most detailed artform, and the Emerald Hill Library are offering activities for children with disability. All of the venues will also offer building tours as part of Open House Melbourne.

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


Thrive Festival will present work that is audio described, captioned and Auslan Interpreted where relevant. Volunteers and access workers are available on the festival day for assistance, venues will have social stories and a designated quiet room. The festival guide will detail access provision, and this website will host audio description mp3s of the visual arts work.

Click here for the City of Port Phillip Access Map


We are looking for Festival volunteers! 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

9699 8299

Partners and Sponsorship

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

Arts Access Victoria Logocity of port phillip logo

with support from

Open House Melborune logo   Port Phillip Libary Services

Temerance Hall logoAustralian Tapestry Workshop Logo Park Towers MAnagment Logo

South Melbroune Market Logo     Ignition Immersive  Gasworks Arts Park Logo


  • Wheelchair Access Wheelchair Access
  • Accessible Toilet Accessible Toilet
  • Auslan Auslan
  • Opened Captioning (all audience can view) Opened Captioning (all audience can view)
  • Audio Description Audio Description
  • Touch or tactile tour Touch or tactile tour
  • Braille (Yes) Braille (Yes)
  • Quiet Space Quiet Space
  • Access Support Workers (Yes) Access Support Workers (Yes)
  • Registered Assistance & Companion Animals welcome Registered Assistance & Companion Animals welcome