Darebin Arts Centre

Darebin Arts Centre is excited to announce 2021 is moving full steam ahead with a vibrant catalogue of performances, events, exhibitions and activities for you to experience!

Grevillea Room - Thu 1 - Thu 15 April, 2021 10am - 6pm (Closed Sundays and Easter Fri-Mon)

The students of Melbourne Polytechnic Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design are holding their graduate exhibition Sol at the Darebin Arts Centre between the 1st and 15th of April. The exhibition will be open Monday - Saturday between 10am - 6pm and closed on Sunday’s and closed for the Easter Period (Good Friday through to Easter Monday).

This year 16 students will showcase their works from the past eighteen months. The work presented is not only a display of their skill but a testimony to their will and determination to complete a challenging course under uncertain and difficult circumstances.

Sol is a Greek word for Sun but for the students it represents a shared experience that has been felt throughout the past year. Sol is the solitude that we have felt, the passion that drives us within our own souls to endure and create, and the sun that has risen; illuminating our path out of darkness and uncertainty. 

Sol was organised by the students with the assistance of Melbourne Polytechnic Staff. The exhibition was funded through various efforts, the main being the annual jewellery auction held in September of 2020, where for the first time was held online and while in isolation. In addition, grants were also obtained from Melbourne Polytechnic and Darebin City Council.

Banksia Gallery - Thu 1 - Sat 17 April, 2021 10am - 6pm (Closed Sundays and Easter Fri-Mon, Sat 17th 12.30pm - 8pm)


A suburban winery beyond the doorstep. The labour and the joy. Characters and stories.

Award-winning Darebin photographer Laki Sideris visited regular entrants in Darebin’s amateur homemade wine competition at home. He hoped to illuminate the personalities of these talented makers and honour their traditional skills.

The result is beautifully atmospheric work that is part portraiture and part documentary. Comprising short multimedia works and a striking series of still portraits, this exhibition celebrates the link between wine, culture and the migrant experience.

Presented as a part of the FUSE Darebin Autumn Festival



Sat 1 May, 2021: 7.30pm

60 mins duration


Searching for the secular songs that were sung after church, Jessie Lloyd explores the day to day life on the missions, settlements and reserves through music.

Presented as an acoustic trio, Jessie Lloyd takes audiences on a musical journey across Australia. She engages through intimate storytelling, moving harmonies and historical insights. Using humour and truth to share the voices of elders as they would around a warm campfire or kitchen table.

From cultural identity to love and loss, these rare songs performed by an extraordinary trio of Indigenous musicians consist of almost forgotten stories that illuminate the history of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders, families and communities.

Creator: Jessie Lloyd

Lighting Designer: Chloe Ogilvie

Wheelchair or Accessible Bookings: Please email us at: Ticketing@darebin.vic.gov.au

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Mon 12 July, 2021: 7pm - 9pm


In this special talk, The Resilience Project flagship Public Talks gives renowned speaker Martin Heppell the chance to unpack the research on mental health and break it down into simple tips that will leave you feeling empowered to improve your wellbeing, help to build strong connections and most importantly create a positive club culture.

A best selling author and co-host of popular podcast, the imperfects, Martin has partnered with elite sports teams, 1000+ schools and 500+ workplaces across Australia - teaching simple and practical mental health strategies.  

Adults, parents, professionals, teenagers; these talks are for you. Well, really, it’s for anyone who wants to share a laugh and pick up some wellbeing tips along the way.

Wheelchair or Accessible Bookings: Please email us at: Ticketing@darebin.vic.gov.au

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Fri 29 - Sat 30 October, 2021



Friday 29th October 2021: 8pm

Saturday 30th October 2021: 8pm

Pippo and Pasquale return live on stage with a brand new side-splitting two hours of laughs, full of sketches, stand up comedy, never before seen videos, audience participation and lots of surprises!

Join Piero Viavattene and James Liotta along with all their much loved hilarious characters for a memorable night of ethnic fun you will never forget. They may have been stuck in the Garage, but now they are ready for the stage again!

Running Time: 140 minutes

Wheelchair or Accessible Bookings: Please email us at: Ticketing@darebin.vic.gov.au

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 Darebin Arts Centre - A COVID-safe Venue

To ensure a comfortable and safe experience for our visitors and staff, we've introduced COVID-safe measures in line with the Victorian Government guidelines. Please help us by following the below recommendations:

Stay at home if you feel unwell. If you have experienced any coronavirus symptoms in the last 14 days or are awaiting Covid-19 test results, please stay at home and contact us in advance of your scheduled performance so we can exchange your ticket for a future date. Please note that if you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms while attending the venue, staff will be required to ask you to vacate the venue for the safety of other patrons.

Wear a face mask at all times when visiting our venues, including during the performance. If you have a medical exemption or are 12 years old or under, simply let one of our staff members know. 

Practice social distancing of 1.5 meters from others whenever possible, avoid mingling and queue where indicated, following the instructions from our trained staff. Floor decals around the venue will also assist indicating this social distancing for you during your visit.

Register your visit via the QR code upon arrival for all members of your group. Several stations will be setup to do this, including outside, to reduce the need to queue. Paper registration will also be available for those without a smart phone. Please ask staff members for assistance where required.

For emergency evacuation purposes, if you are an artist, producer, contractor or visiting staff member you will be required to also fill in the paper-based sign in, sign out register.

Practice good hygiene by regularly using hand sanitiser, washing your hands with soap. Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.

Contactless payment is our preferred payment method. Please use contactless payments where possible to help minimise the handling of physical items at our venues.

Follow the guidance from staff and venue signage during your visit. This will include using designated entrances and exits to ensure an enjoyable and safe visit. 


Q&A – Covid safety

What safety and hygiene measures are in place?

Our COVID Safe Plan includes full venue cleaning before and after every performance, frequent and intensive cleaning of common high-traffic touch points (such as handrails, door handles, toilets, seat backs/armrests, and service counters), upgraded air-conditioning set for maximum fresh air.

Is wearing a mask compulsory?

Yes, guests are required to wear a mask at all times, except when consuming beverages, when inside our foyers, theatres and spaces during performances. In line with government guidelines, masks are mandatory when physical distancing of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained. Children 12 years old or under and some members of the community may be unable to wear a mask, we ask that you be respectful to others as reasons for not wearing a mask may not be obvious.

Have you reduced attendee capacity?

In line with government guidelines, all performances at Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre and Darebin Arts Centre will be operating at a 50% maximum capacity. We will also be enforcing an empty seat gap between attendee bubbles. NB This maximum capacity is subject to change depending on Government advice.

Will the theatre seating be socially distanced?

In line with government guidelines, all performances at Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre and Darebin Arts Centre will be operating at a 50% maximum capacity (subject to review depending on Government advice). We will also be enforcing an empty seat gap between attendee bubbles.

How are you managing contact tracing?

Contact tracing information is managed at Darebin Arts Centre and Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre, if you are attending as an audience member they are as follows:

  • Yours and your guests information can be entered when purchasing tickets online.
  • QR Code sign in on site via Service Victoria App for smartphones.
  • If you cannot use QR Code sign in, a manual paper sign in sheet is available. This information will only be used if a contact tracing incident occurs. It is kept for a maximum of 28 days then destroyed in line with Council’s privacy policy.

What happens when I arrive?

To adhere to social distancing rules, we will ask that you wait outside until the auditorium doors open, approximately 30 minutes before the performance starts. You will not be permitted entry into the theatre until your entire party have arrived. Once your party has arrived we ask you register your attendance via the QR code, put your mask on and enter the theatre. You will be seated only with the guests you enter the building with.

Are the bathrooms open?

The bathrooms will be available to use for guests attending a performance. We ask that you follow the directions of entering, exiting and distance queuing, and ensure you wash your hands thoroughly. Please see poster signage for advice on handwashing.

Will the bar be open?

For most performances the bar will be open 1 hour prior to the advertised performance start time. We prefer contactless payment for bar items. The bar will not be open at the end of a show.

Will water be available?

Guests are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

Will the box office be open?

The Box Office will be open 1 hour before the performance for customer support, however minimising contact where possible is preferred. We recommend you book online, and contactless payment for box office items is preferred.

Can I collect my tickets from the Box Office before a show?

We strongly encourage you to take advantage of using electronic tickets. These can be printed at home or shown on your mobile device. The Box Office will be open one hour prior to the show start time for customer support, however minimising contact where possible is preferred.

Will the cloakroom be operating?

To avoid the handling of your items, we will not have a cloakroom operating at either of our venues. Please avoid bringing large or bulky items with you.

Will programmes be available?

Programmes may be available online and in print, depending on the performance you are seeing. For more information please go to the show information page. We prefer contactless payment for programmes or any merchandising sales.

How long is the show and is there an intermission?

It will vary based on the show you are seeing. For more information please visit the show information page. This information will also be included in your performance reminder email.

I don’t feel well, can I exchange my ticket?

If you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or awaiting results from a Covid test, you can exchange your ticket to another performance of the same show. Please contact our dedicated box office team in advance of your performance so we help exchange your ticket for a future date.

What should I do if I feel unwell after attending NTH/DAC?

If you test positive to a Covid-19 test after attending one of our venues, please contact the DHHS immediately and notify us. More information can be found at: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

My question hasn’t been answered?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at all about your visit. 

Darebin Arts Centre is Preston’s premier arts venue, the home of choice for artists, creators and innovators in Melbourne’s north. Find out about our facilities, venue accessibility and ticketing information.

As a dedicated arts centre, our mission is to provide accessible, affordable and fit-for-purpose cultural infrastructure to create dynamic, uncompromising and viable creative opportunities and experiences for artists to engage with each other, with their audiences, and the broader community within and beyond Darebin.

Our recently renovated foyer provides an attractive welcome to our community, with improvements to the universal access of the venue, and our newly renovated bar provides a sophisticated offering of barista coffee, snacks and beverages from local suppliers.


  • Fully equipped proscenium arch theatre, with full fly-tower and orchestral pit seating 385 people
  • Leading technology audio-visual equipment and technical support staff
  • Ticketed venue providing professional in-house box office management system
  • Generous, newly renovated foyer comprising a welcoming reception desk and refurbished bar, both with accessible height counters
  • Malleable studio space available for hire, developments and rehearsals
  • Over 100 square metres of gallery and exhibition space
  • Fully equipped commercial kitchen available for hire
  • Co-working spaces available for short, medium and long term licenses
  • Accessible facilities including entrance, reception and bar counter heights, theatre seating, assistive hearing system, and bathroom facilities (including option of gender neutral toilets) 
  • 180 free onsite car parking spaces including four accessible parking spaces.

Venue Accessibility 

Darebin Arts Centre aims to be accessible and inclusive for all. 

Our theatre is equipped with an assistive hearing system and is wheelchair accessible with space for up to six wheelchairs. To request accessible seating call our Box Office on 8470 8282 Tuesday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

Theatre rows C through R are accessible by stairs with a handrail to assist, rows A and B are on ground level. See the Theatre Seating Chart for details.

Prams and walkers can be used to assist guests to their seats, and can safely be stored away during a performance.

There are baby change facilities and accessible bathrooms for all guests to Darebin Arts Centre. 

Ticket FAQs

Online - Available 24/7, view the Darebin Arts Centre What’s On section for details. $3.90 transaction fee applies.

In person - During Box Office hours, Tuesday to Friday 9am – 5pm. No transaction fee applies. 

Over the phone - During Box-Office hours, Tuesday to Friday 9am – 5pm. $5 transaction fee applies

We accept EFTPOS, Visa and MasterCard payments.

Note: When calling to book a Companion Card ticket, no transaction fee applies.

For most performances, children under the age of two can attend for free provided they are held on the lap of a parent or guardian. Please check performance specific information before booking as this can vary on a show-to-show basis. Some children’s shows may vary the age requirement for tickets.

Darebin Arts Centre welcomes all guests. If you have a question about accessibility that has not been addressed here, please contact us:

Phone: 8470 8282 
Email: dac@darebin.vic.gov.au

Our theatre is suitable for all full range of events including live music, comedy, ballet, opera and children’s events. Our versatile function spaces can play host a wide variety of corporate functions and special events.

A band performing on stage at the Darebin Arts Centre
Our impressive and flexible proscenium arch theatre is ideal for live performances of all art forms, including dance, live music and concerts, circus, comedy, musicals and opera, theatre, and film screenings.

The climate-controlled theatre is equipped with a fly tower, orchestra pit, flexible lighting rig including a full range of LED and intelligent fixtures, audio visual solutions including dynamic sound system (compatible with an Assistive Hearing system) and projection, and seating for 385 patrons.

The theatre is equipped with two chorus-style dressing rooms below the stage for up to 60 people with toilet, shower and laundry facilities, and an accessible lift to the stage (maximum load of 100kg). We have professional in-house venue technicians available to facilitate your production requirements throughout the pre-production process to event delivery. 

As a ticketed venue, Darebin Arts Centre provides a complete ticketing service through our in-house box office system, including regular ticketing sales reports upon request.

Theatre technical specifications:

For 2020-21 Theatre Standard hire rates, please click here

For 2020-21 Theatre Not-For-Profit hire rates, please click here


Grevillea Room

Grevillea Room at Darebin Arts CentreOur Grevillea Room is a large circular room that can be divided in half with a solid partition wall to form the Jacaranda Room, with total room diameter lengths of 24m x 14.7m respectively, and 425 m² in total.

The Grevillea Room can accommodate up to 400 people when set in theatre style orientation and up to 200 people in cabaret style.

Its polished oak timber floorboards, and perimeter ceiling-to-floor black drapes for enhanced acoustics, makes this malleable space ideal for bespoke performances, development and rehearsal periods, and community creative classes. The room is also equipped with an in-built audio system and twin projectors set in stationary positions from the ceiling.

Current hire rates for 2020-21 are available, see Fees & Charges.




Studio Room

The delightful Studio is abundant in natural light, with its outlook onto both the Ray Bramham Gardens and our shady outdoor courtyard, and provides an inviting and inspirational space for creative thinking, networking, and developments.

The Studio’s generous size of 6.75m x 15.7m, with polished Tasmanian Oak floorboards throughout, presents an ideal space for local artists who may be interested in co-working opportunities from 2021 onwards, in line with Darebin Arts Centre’s new business model as a dedicated Arts Centre.

If you are an Arts Organisation interested in licensing the Studio as an office, rehearsal, workshop or class space, please contact Chloe Gestier, Head of Operations:

E: chloe.gestier@darebin.vic.gov.au

T: 03 8470 8277. 

The Studio will be available for hire until a licence agreement is in place. For current 2020-21 hire rates please refer to our Fees and Charges

Exhibition Spaces 
Darebin Arts Centre Exhibition SpaceThere are two spaces within Darebin Arts Centre which are available for artist to exhibit.
Our exhibition spaces are the Banksia Gallery and the Foyer, with the option of additional space in adjacent corridors for larger exhibitions. The Banksia Gallery is approximately 9 x 9m. There is a hanging system installed around the room and a small number of plinths are available on request.
The Foyer is available for hanging works only. Exhibition space includes one 9 metre wall with a hanging system and lighting available.


Commercial Kitchen
Two ladies preparing food in the Darebin Arts Centre kitchen

Darebin Arts Centre houses an impressive commercial kitchen that is available as an affordable hireable and programmable activation space, as well as available for leasing opportunities.

Please refer to our current 2020-21 Fees and Charges for hourly hire rates.

Darebin Arts Centre currently retains a food licence for the kitchen with Darebin City Council. 

The kitchen is 132m² and comprises of the following equipment listed below:

  • Two walk-in cool rooms, complete with stainless steel shelving
  • One walk-in freezer, complete with stainless steel shelving
  • Hobart Pass-through dishwasher
  • Williams double glass door general produce refrigerator
  • Williams three door under-bench refrigerator
  • Waldorf six ring burner with oven
  • Waldorf deep fryer with six baskets
  • 2x dual flow Blodgett gas convection ovens
  • Convostar electric steamer oven
  • Tilting brat pan
  • Waldorf Salamander
  • 4x Stainless steel bench spaces
  • Dry goods store room
  • Crockery store room
  • Robot Coupe food processor
  • Apuro meat grinder
  • Apuro vacuum-pack machine
  • Stainless steel bain marie and hot press
  • Kitchen Aid stand mixer
  • Reminghaus electric meat slicing machine
  • Hobart electric steel mixer
  • Separate staff room with amenities and locker facilities
  • Kitchen loading dock

How to Hire a Space:
  1. To express interest or apply to hire Darebin Arts Centre, please complete our online DAC Booking Application Form. Your application will be reviewed by our Presenter Services team, who will respond to your application within two weeks of submission.
  2. If your event can be accommodated on your requested date, you will receive a Hire Agreement and Deposit Invoice which are required to be signed and paid to confirm your booking. You will then receive all event documents related to your booking, which must be returned by the due date to dacevents@darebin.vic.gov.au.
  3. Final payment for your event occurs after your event has been delivered. You will receive an invoice or income receipt from Darebin City Council approximately two weeks after your event.


Further Information: 
Email: dacevents@darebin.vic.gov.au
Phone: 8470 8282



Plan your visit to Darebin Arts Centre, view our opening hours and address, or contact us if you have any queries.

Box Office Hours
One hour prior to every show for collection of tickets.

Phone: 8470 8284
Email: ticketing@darebin.vic.gov.au 
Postal Address: Darebin Arts Centre, 401 Bell St, Preston, VIC 30720

Darebin Arts Centre is located at: 401 Bell Street, Preston, VIC, 3072 (corner Bell St & St Georges Rd)

Getting here 

Darebin Arts Centre is easily accessible by tram, train, bus and bike. Help reduce your environmental impact and rethink your need to drive.

By tram:
Route 11 (get off at stop 40, a further 10 minute walk)
Route 86 (get off at stop 45, a further 10 minute walk)

By train:
Mernda Line (get off at Bell Station, a further 5 minute walk)

By bus:
Route 513 (Get off at corner of Bell Street and St Georges Road, a further 2 minute walk)
Route 903 (Get off at corner of Bell Street and St Georges Road, a further 2 minute walk)

For help planning your tram, train or bus trip visit ptv.vic.gov.au

By bike or foot:
Darebin Arts Centre is conveniently located along the St Georges Road shared path, ideal for cycling or walking. 

By car:
Darebin Arts Centre's car park entrance is accessible from Peter Street and St Georges Road. Our car park offers 150 unrestricted parking spaces (including four accessible parking spaces).

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