Victoria University is bringing a new arts event to Footscray with the inaugural three-day Offset Creative Arts Festival which is being held at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, from Friday October 19 to Sunday October 21 2012.
The festival will provide a platform and publishing resource for Victoria University students and for writers and writers' groups within the region.
Writing master classes, the festival and a two week exhibition, designed to showcase the artwork, music and multimedia contributions to the Offset Creative Arts Journal, are some of the exciting things in store.
The wider western Melbourne community will add to the colour with cultural presentations from the Australian Vietnamese Women's Association and Ethiopian poet and filmmaker, Helen Kassa.
Professor Peter Dawkins, Vice Chancellor and festival patron, said, "Victoria University is proud to be supporting the creativity and innovation of not only its own students, but of the communities, people, places and cultures of its surrounds. With grass-roots links to the artistic endeavours of the Vietnamese and Ethiopian communities, and strong, exciting links into industry, the Offset brand is an exemplar of a partnership that has grown, and been nurtured, through genuine collaboration and interaction across boundaries.'
The three day festival program, begins on Friday October 19, with the launch of the 2012 edition of Offset and the opening of a play by award winning playwright Tom Petsinis.
The Festival has grown out of The Offset Creative Arts Journal, now in its twelfth-year, which is produced annually by third year VU Professional Writing, Communication, Art and Multimedia students.
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