Bringing the music back with Harbourside at Albany Entertainment Centre

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View of the Albany Entertainment Centre from the top of Albany's Hilton Garden Inn.
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The Albany Entertainment Centre will be the first major State Government-owned theatre venue to host a public performance since COVID-19 forced a Statewide closure in March.

The AEC will reopen this month, with the annual Harbourside Concert Series to be held from June 18.

It will be the first public performance at a Perth Theatre Trust facility. The PTT also manages His Majesty’s Theatre, the State Theatre Centre of WA, Perth Cultural Centre and Perth Concert Hall, among other venues.

The Albany centre is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and the Harbourside series was a key part of celebrations, having run every year since it opened.

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The concert series will include eight shows featuring local and WA musicians.

Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman said he was pleased the 10th anniversary celebrations could start back up again.

“We know that the Great Southern community have been waiting for the entertainment centre to reopen, and it’s wonderful that we are seeing a return to live entertainment,” he said. “Staff have been working hard to ensure that the venue is safe and welcoming for its patrons so they can return with confidence.”

The shows will move into a bigger area in the Kalyenup Studio to allow for social distancing.

The venue has installed hygiene stations, implemented traffic flow measures, and rearranged seating.

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