Melbourne Knowledge Week – First Responders in the Arts
Wednesday, April 28, 1:00 PM (AEST)

When COVID-19 closed the doors of theatres and venues across Australia, thousands of artists and stage crews suddenly found themselves without work.

Join the live studio audience or follow the livestream to hear the inspiring stories of five first-responding arts managers who successfully harnessed technology to support their industry. In an open panel discussion, speakers will explore how COVID-19 has impacted different arts organisations and whether (or not!) they really want to go back to how things were pre-pandemic.

Following the discussion, enjoy a captivating 45-minute performance from acclaimed pianist, Elyane Laussade, including works by Mozart, Chopin, Debussy and more.

This is a complimentary event presented as part of Melbourne Knowledge Week with thanks to the City of Melbourne.


Elyane Laussade – Piano


Richard Watts – National Performing Arts Editor, ArtsHub


Claire Spencer AM – CEO, Arts Centre Melbourne

Emily Ulman – Managing Director and Programmer, Isol-Aid

Greg Hocking AM – Director, Athenaeum Theatre

Rebecca MacFarling – CEO, Melbourne Writers Festival

Adele Schonhardt – Co-Director, Melbourne Digital Concert Hall

Concert Program

Mozart – Variations
Chopin – Waltz in C Sharp Minor
Debussy – Clair de Lune
Gershwin – Prelude in Bb Major
Rachmaninov – Prelude in G Minor
Bacharach/Laussade – Alfie

Wednesday, April 28, 1:00 PM (AEST)

90 minutes

The Athenaeum 2
188 Collins St, Melbourne