Why 'suburban' is no longer a dirty word

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Richard Watts

The evolution of our cities has resulted in the rise of arts centres in the very same suburbs that artists were once desperate to escape.

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Bunjil Place in outer suburban Melbourne; a $125 million arts precinct that has attracted over 4.37 million visitors since opening in late 2017. Image supplied.

About the author

Richard Watts is ArtsHub's Performing Arts Editor and Team Leader, Editorial; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R.

The founder of the Emerging Writers' Festival, Richard currently serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's Committee of Management and on the Green Room Awards Independent Theatre panel.

He is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and in 2017 was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend.

Twitter: @richardthewatts