Thank you!

The curtain has come down on an amazing five days of our first Arts Learning Festival.

To the estimated thousands of students, teachers, families and community members who took part, we say thank you for making the festival such a great success.

The Arts Learning Festival was all about celebrating the arts in education, and over the five days of the festival, the celebration took place in Melbourne’s arts precinct and at Birrarung Marr, which together hosted more than 30 events.

The festival was presented by Independent Schools Victoria, but the invitation went out to all students in all schools. We were delighted that the festival was embraced by schools across Victoria, with the three education sectors involved.

The Arts Learning Festival was also supported by Melbourne’s leading cultural institutions, and we also received strong backing from the Victorian Government and the Victorian Opposition.

Our festival theme was unlimited imagination, and every event took us to new, exciting places.

We’ll see you again in 2019.

Video: Tessa van der Riet, Positive Vision. Photos: Andrew Craig. Main image shows Pistoletto’s Third Paradise created at Birrarung Marr.

Students from Holy Rosary Primary, Kensington, with a giant kite at our launch.

Creating the Abi-Tanti at the Immigration Museum.

Circus fun with Westside Circus.

Meadow Heights Primary Glee Club in fine voice on our Festival Showcase Stage.

Great performances from the cast of Legally Blonde, a co-production of Brighton Grammar and Firbank Grammar.

In the Immigration Museum courtyard, the Abi-Tanti of the Education Department of the Castello di Rivoli.

Green creativity with Do it on the Roof’s vertical garden.

Big hats, big fun: Ausdance Victoria’s Alice’s Tea Party.

Our closing ceremony at the Victorian Parliament, with guests including Minister for Education James Merlino, Shadow Minister Nick Wakeling, Italian Consul-General Marco Cerbo, ISV Chief Executive Michelle Green, and Principal of Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School Dr Heather Schnagl, and our Italian partners. We were joined by students from IGGS, Holy Rosary Primary and Brunswick South Primary.

The Abi-Tanti on the steps of the Victorian Parliament.