Game Changers: Crossing the river

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Thursday 17 September 2015

Join us for the next Game Changers conversation – a dynamic panel discussion exploring the ways in which rivers connect and divide a city.

It has sometimes been said that Footscray is a long way to come, despite being just 7 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD. Does the fact that there is a river to cross play any part in this misperception, or are there other things at play?

The River of Lives, a combined arts-research project, discovered the Maribyrnong River can evoke a fierce sense of belonging to place. Speaker Peter Somerville, the owner of Blackbird Cruises, has spent seven days a week, 365 days of the year by the river and describes it as the ‘the vein, but the heart that all this radiates from is from the surrounding community along the river.’

Using the River of Lives project as a departure point, the panel will explore ways in which people connect with rivers in an urban environment and how rivers connect cities through activities such as trade, commerce and recreation and sometimes also create barriers and divides.

The panel will also explore how cities are designed and what influence our connection or disconnection to urban rivers has on the development of a community.


This is a free event.

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About the Game Changers series

The Game Changers Conversation series presents pivotal ideas, personalities and moments in Australia’s evolving story for public discussion and debate.

It is a project of the Footscray University Town initiative - a partnership between Maribyrnong City Council and Victoria University that sees education, jobs, creativity and opportunity at the heart of the future of Footscray. 

The events are free and open to the whole community.

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17 September, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Pop-up bar: 5.30pm – 6.30pm & 8pm – 8.30pm