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The launch of the 24th Melbourne Fashion Festival included a runway parade featuring 25 Victorian designers, held in the Ballroom at Government House Victoria.

This week, the Vice Regal program had a particular focus on the creativity of Victorians.


The Governor and Mr Howard this week, in addition to the meetings with international representatives which form an important part of the Governor’s program, hosted and attended several functions, with a creative focal point, showcasing Victoria’s cultural life and talent.

2021 marks the 25th anniversary of the Melbourne Fashion Festival, an event which has become a highlight of the Australian fashion calendar, and showcases the very best in Victorian and Australian fashion design.  As part of the reception and launch, 25 Victorian designers took part in a runway show to mark the 25th Festival. Read more about the launch here.

After a necessary delay in 2020, PHOTO2021, a celebration of international photography, is being held this week. The Governor and Mr Howard were glad to have been able to spend a morning visiting many of the exhibition sites around the Melbourne CBD.  The festival runs until 7 March, and more information about the artists featured and the location of the exhibitions can be found here.

On Friday, as part of the Governor’s Performance Series, the Governor and Mr Howard hosted a screening of Paper Planes on the Western Lawn, the first time in recorded history that an outdoor cinema has been hosted on the grounds of Government House. To read more about the event, visit this page, and to read more about the Governor’s Performance Series, a regular series of performances by Victorian artists, visit this page.