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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
2 Clarendon Street
Southbank VIC 3006
Tel + 61 3 9235 8000
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VALA celebrates its first Biennial Conference in the new Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre with a social programme that celebrates Melbourne's culture and history. Discover a hidden side of Melbourne behind the impressive historic 19th century facades in Collins Street and the city's fascinating lanes, alleyways and arcades. Experience a Broadway hit musical in the historic Princess Theatre, dine in the glamorous and elegant surroundings of the Plaza Ballroom, and dive into the book culture of Australia's UNESCO City of Literature. See the following social programme for details.


Arcades and Alleyways of Marvellous Melbourne

This meandering walk explores Marvellous Melbourne's famous grid pattern of tree-lined streets with its eclectic blend of memorable architecture dating from the 19th century to the present day. Kenneth Pak will introduce the rich heritage of Melbourne as he takes you on a fascinating journey that winds its way through some of the city's grandest arcades boasting lavish decorative schemes and a wonderful mix of shops. Also by way of dramatic contrast he will reveal another side of the city hidden behind the elegant streetscape - Melbourne's labyrinth of back alleys and laneways that continue to perform a vital role in the functioning of the city to this day.

As you wander through the alleys you will discover some particularly fine, and sometimes well hidden architectural gems from 19th century Melbourne that today is the location of sought after inner city apartments and quirky boutiques and cafes not to mention a ready-made 'canvas' for graffiti artists.



Marvellous Melbourne Walking Tour - Collins Street

Collins Street provides a perfect introduction to Marvellous Melbourne. This magnificent tree-lined street offers a stunning selection of truly grand and noteworthy public and private buildings from the colonial era to present day. Kenneth's walk along the full length of beautiful Collins Street will address the street's impressive architectural landscape as well as offering many insights into the rich social history of Marvellous Melbourne.



First Timers' Morning Tea

Welcome Reception

The VALA Committee extends a special welcome to all our first time delegates to join us on the Red Carpet for the VALA2010 First Timers' Morning Tea. This event provides a friendly and informal opportunity to meet the VALA Committee and each other. It also gives you the opportunity to get more information to help you get the most out of the conference. By attending this first time delegate morning tea you will also be in the running for a great door prize.

Relax and enjoy the company of colleagues and friends at the Welcome Reception to be held in the Exhibition Hall. This is a great opportunity to renew friendships whilst browsing through the many exhibits on display. Tickets are included in the full delegate registration fees. Additional tickets can be purchased at the Registration and Information Desk until 1200 on Tuesday 9 February.

Date and time: Tuesday 9 February 10:15am to 10:50am
Location: Red Carpet Area, at the rear of the Exhibition Hall, Melbourne Exhibition Centre
Entry: Green Delegate Lanyard
Date and time: Tuesday 9 February 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: Exhibition Hall, Door 7, Melbourne Exhibition Centre
Entry: Tickets are included in the full delegate registration fees. Additional tickets are $66.00 per person including GST



Conference Dinner

Following the outstanding success of the last VALA Conference Dinner, the dinner will return to the historic Plaza Ballroom at the Regent Theatre. Located in the heart of Melbourne, on Collins Street, the heritage-listed ballroom is an imaginative combination of Spanish Baroque and Medieval styles. This spectacular and extravagant interior space evokes the romanticism and glamour of night-life during the 1920s and 30s. VALA's most prestigious information technology award, the Robert D Williamson Award 2010 will be presented at the VALA2010 Conference Dinner. Tickets may be purchased via the Registration and Information Desk until 1200 on Wednesday 10 February.

Travel to Dinner Venue

Conference Dinner guests are required to make their own way to the Plaza Ballroom. Tram 109 departs from the Clarendon Street entrance to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, before turning right into Collins Street. Best times to catch the tram for the Dinner: 1836 or 1848. Guests should disembark the tram at the corner of Swanston and Collins Street. The Plaza Ballroom is on the right-hand side of Collins Street as you walk uphill.



f2f – Connections with Social Networkers

Farewell Refreshments

Online Social Networking activities are important to VALA. Delegates who blog and tweet not only help document the VALA2010 debates and discourse, they enrich the experience for all involved. To thank and recognise this contribution, the Conference Committee invites all VALA2010 Bloggers and Tweeters to join us on the Red Carpet for the inaugural VALA Social Networkers Morning Tea. Meet your fellow networkers face-to-face, and be there to see who wins the best Blog and best Tweet of the Conference. All VALA2010 Bloggers and Tweeters can nominate and vote online for their best conference blog post and tweet.

Date and time: Thursday 11 February 09:55am – 10:30am
Location: Red Carpet Area, at the rear of the Exhibition Hall, Melbourne Exhibition Centre
Entry: Free for delegates

You are invited to complimentary Farewell Refreshments at the conclusion of the Conference.

Date and time: Thursday 11 February 5:10pm to 6:30pm
Location: Melbourne Convention Centre Foyer overlooking the Polly Woodside
Entry: Free for delegates, please wear your name badge for entry

Jersey Boys at the Princess Theatre

JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Broadway's multi-award winning smash hit musical, is now playing in Melbourne. The VALA2010 Conference, Showbiz, and the Producer's of JERSEY BOYS have arranged a special allocation of "A" Reserve tickets exclusively for delegates and guests of VALA2010 to see the show on the eveing of Thursday 11 February. For more information and to book tickets CLICK HERE.


The Wheeler Centre for books, writing, and ideas private tour

Take a private behind the scene tour of the new Wheeler Centre for books, writing, and ideas on the day it will be officially launched by the Premier. The Wheeler Centre is the centrepiece of Melbourne's UNESCO City of Literature initiative. Located at the State Library of Victoria, the Wheeler Centre is a centre dedicated to the discussion and practice of writing and ideas. For more details go to http://wheelercentre.com

As numbers for the private tour are strictly limited VALA will be distributing the tickets by a daily ballot being held each lunch time on the Red Carpet Area in the VALA Trade and Exhibition Area.



Gala night of Storytelling


On the anniversary of the Federal Government's apology to the Stolen Generations, the Centre presents a night of celebration and reflection, sharing the common and different experiences that define our past and our present. Twelve of Australia's best writers come together for an intimate night of storytelling, each reflecting on those tales that have been handed down to them through the generations, each giving voice to an inheritance of wisdom, of understanding, of identity. With contributions from Chloe Hooper, Paul Kelly, Cate Kennedy, Judith Lucy, Shane Maloney, David Malouf, John Marsden, Alex Miller, John Safran, Christos Tsiolkas, Tara June Winch and Alexis Wright this will be a literary event like no other. Join us as we reflect on the stories that make us who we are and mark the arrival of Melbourne's newest talking point. CLICK HERE for details.