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What's on in Melbourne

Find out what's happening in and around our new Melbourne studios.

Events at NIDA Melbourne


NIDAnights is an annual calendar of events including workshops, masterclasses, performances and roundtables, presented in partnership with change-makers in the creative ecosystem of Melbourne. The nights, hosted at our intimate NIDA Melbourne studios in Southbank, launched on 15 November 2017 and will take place in the midst of every month. Join us for an opportunity to open your minds, stimulate your senses and warm your hearts – in good surrounds, with good company and over good wine.

See upcoming NIDAnights

Big Dance 2018

Big Dance is the largest free celebration of dance in the world and it's hitting Australia in 2018!

Presented by Ausdance Victoria, Big Dance is a free participatory dance festival, a celebration of dance for all ages and all levels of ability. Join thousands of people around Australia to perform the Big Dance, choreographed by acclaimed choreographers, Frances Rings and Craig Bary.

In partnership with NIDA Melbourne, workshops will be held in March and April to help you learn the Big Dance routine. These sessions are free and open to people of all ages and abilities. Register to secure your spot as spaces are limited.

No prior dance experience is necessary to participate.

This is an inclusive event. If you require mobility assistance or an interpreter, please let us know.

Register at www.bigdance.org.au

Session times:

Friday 16 March 2018, 6pm–7.30pm
Friday 30 March 2018, 11am–12.30pm
Wednesday 18 April 2018, 6pm–7.30pm
Saturday 28 April 2018, 11am–12.30pm
Saturday 28 April 2018, 1.30pm–3pm

Creative initiatives

NIDA Launchpad

NIDA Launchpad invites Melbourne’s creative community to explore their artistic practice and undertake creative development at our new NIDA Melbourne studios.

Open to artists at all stages of their careers, NIDA Launchpad is committed to providing a safe space for a Melbourne-based independent artist, arts organisation or creative collective to workshop fresh ideas, think big, put their thoughts into action, be critically reflexive and deepen engagement with the NIDA community. We are interested in applications dedicated to developing a new performance project and aim to support the efforts of the artist/s in getting the work off the ground.

NIDA Launchpad is an inclusive initiative which welcomes applications from artists of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds that may include (but not limited to) indigenous, LGBTIQ, female and non-binary artists, as well as artists with disabilities.

Applications are now closed for 2017.
Thank you to all those who applied for NIDA Launchpad. We received a number of excellent applications and successful applicants have now been informed.
Information on the next NIDA Launchpad will be available in early 2018.

Congratulations to our successful applicants, Fiona Spitzkowsky and Benjamin Sheen of Periscope Productions.

What does NIDA Melbourne provide?

  1. A week-long residency at NIDA Melbourne Studio 2.
  2. A two hour creative feedback and project development session facilitated by NIDA staff.
  3. An opportunity for a public showcase of the work-in-progress at NIDA Melbourne.
  4. Promotion via NIDA’s website and social media channels.
  5. Public liability insurance when on-site.

Venue Information

Please download our Venue Hire Info Pack (PDF, 2.9MB).

Key Selection Criteria

NIDA Launchpad invites artists to submit an online application using the form linked below. NIDA Launchpad is taking applications for projects in December 2017.

Your application must address the following Key Selection Criteria:

  1. A short artist statement in relation to your proposed idea.
  2. Project description (including outcomes, participants and an explanation of how NIDA Launchpad would benefit you and your project).
  3. Project timeline.
  4. A summary of your artistic practice.
  5. An outline of time required in studio and tech requirements. Any tech requirements outside of existing facilities available at NIDA will come at a hire cost to the winner.

Additional Requirements

  1. Headshot or Logo
  2. CV
  3. Links to relevant work – video, images, essays, reviews etc – that will enhance your submission.

Artist Commitment

Successful artist(s) will have the opportunity to showcase their performance work (or work in progress) to an audience at the end of the residency. Successful artist(s) will be required to document their process and provide a detailed report of their experience with NIDA Launchpad within a month of completing the residency for NIDA marketing use.

Key Dates

Applications open: 4 October 2017

Submission deadline: 6 November 2017

Announcement: On, or shortly after 15 November 2017

Applications are now closed
Thank you to all those who applied for NIDA Launchpad. We received a number of excellent applications and successful applicants have now been informed.

Congratulations to our successful applicants, Fiona Spitzkowsky and Benjamin Sheen of Periscope Productions.

Information on the next NIDA Launchpad will be available in early 2018.


Please call NIDA Melbourne Client Engagement Manager on 03 8640 0241 or email guild@nida.edu.au to discuss your NIDA Launchpad application.

Events in Melbourne NIDA is attending

Pause Fest 2018 – Workshop: Networking for Introverts

NIDA Corporate and The School of Life will be delivering a workshop at Pause Fest 2018 on 8 February 2018.

For even the most out-going and sociable person, networking can be a toe-curlingly excruciating experience. For the solitude-seeking, analytical-minded introvert it can be utterly paralysing. But networking is less about giving an elevator pitch to someone you barely know and more about making the best of chance encounters with people you admire. It's not the act of impressing your CV upon an unsuspecting stranger. It's about charming them into conversation.

Level Up Conference 2018 – Keynote: The Rapport Rehearsal

NIDA Corporate will be delivering a keynote at Level Up Conference on 15 March 2018.

The Oxford Dictionary defines Rapport as, 'a close and harmonious relationship in which the people or groups concerned understand each other’s feelings or ideas and communicate well'. Rapport is at the heart of all quality communication.

At NIDA Corporate, we understand that opportunities are created and businesses are built by establishing trusting and authentic relationships. This takes time and energy, and should be invested in without the expectation of immediate financial translation. More important than just your details attached to your business card, networking is an opportunity to establish rapport and connect more deeply with potential partners, industry leaders, speakers and attendees.

The Rapport Rehearsal is a practical keynote that allows the audience to overcome the fears and anxieties around networking and enhance the quality of interpersonal and intrapersonal interactions. Delivered by two tutors drawing on the NIDA actor’s toolkit, the offering educates the participants on the poetics of improvisation by drawing upon breathing, vocal, physical and gestural tools.

NIDA Melbourne is a member of The Arts Wellbeing Collective, a consortium of Victorian arts and cultural organisations whose shared vision is to effect better mental health and wellbeing for Victorian performing arts workers. Take a proactive approach to your mental health and wellbeing by keeping up to date with The Arts Wellbeing Collective's upcoming events and program initiatives.

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