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This week the Governor and Mr Howard’s program focused on the creative industries and international engagement. For part of the week, the Governor continued in the role of Administrator of the Commonwealth.


The Administrator and Mr Howard commenced the week with a tour of Melbourne’s iconic Regent Theatre, where they learnt about the theatre’s backstage and technical capability, the art and science of theatre making and Victoria’s thriving theatre industry. The Administrator also continued a program of international engagement, receiving the calls of Mr Kapila Fonseka, Consul General of Sri Lanka and the Hon Tony Smith, CEO of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.

Later in the week the Governor and Mr Howard toured The Wilds at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. A celebration of art, music and performance, The Wilds is the focal point of Melbourne’s RISING Festival, a new festival on Victoria’s cultural calendar bringing together the very best of local, national, and international talent.

The Governor and Mr Howard also had an opportunity to visit the GeelongPort. Hosted by CEO, Brett Winter the visit included a briefing on the port’s contribution to the Victorian economy. Read more about the Governor and Mr Howard’s visit to GeelongPort here.

The end of the week saw the Governor receive the call His Excellency Mauricio Carvalho Lyrio, Ambassador of Brazil on his first official visit to Victoria. The Governor also toured The Picasso Century exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. The exhibition was developed for the NGV by the Centre Pompidou and the Musée National Picasso-Paris. It features works by Picasso as well as some of his contemporaries.