The 100th birthday of Marrickville Town Hall has been celebrated today with the announcement of some exciting news.
The Inner West Council has confirmed they are relaunching their plan to turn the town hall into a multicultural music and arts venue.
“Alongside the magnificent Marrickville Library and the growing number of music venues along the strip, we are determined to make use of this precious building to help make Marrickville Road one of Sydney’s great cultural destinations,” Mayor Darcy Byrne said on Facebook.
“Here’s to another 100 years of multiculturalism, arts and music at Marrickville Town Hall.”
According to Mayor Byrne, “the majority of Councillors on the previous Council decided not to support this plan,” but “with the new Labor Majority in the Inner West, we are bringing it back to life.”
The project will be led by Greek Australian Councillor Zoi Tsardoulias and Councillor Mat Howard, along with local ethnic community organisations such as the Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney.
“Making Marrickville Town Hall a place for multicultural performance and live music means that local multicultural community groups get a new public space to perform, rehearse and share their culture,” Councillor Tsardoulias told The Greek Herald.
“It’s also another way to celebrate the important contribution migrant communities – including our Greek community – have made to our area over many years.
“How we use our town halls and community spaces should reflect our proud multicultural community. That’s why Council will invite local multicultural community groups to tell us their vision for the Hall and to make sure the plans reflect the needs of the community.”
The President of the Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney, Liana Vertzayias, as well as youth dressed in traditional Greek costumes, were on proud display outside the town hall during the media announcement today.