Gathering Space: #Breakthrough2016

Fri 25 + Sat 26 Nov 2016, over 1200 people will gather in the Melbourne Town, the Athenaeum and Baptist on Collins to talk about how we can create an equal society for all. Under the banner of Breakthrough, we will meet, exchange ideas, gather momentum as a group — in some of Melbourne’s most charming public spaces.

Take a peek inside our 2016 Breakthrough venues:


melbourne-australia-townhall Melbourne Town Hall

Completed in 1970, the Melbourne Town Hall was designed by Joseph Reed, a hugely influential Victorian era architect who also designed the State Library of Victoria and the Collins Street Baptist Church. A mix of iconic Melbourne bluestone along with Tasmanian freestone, the Town Hall features a large auditorium, grand Council chambers, a clock towers and the unmissable portico looking out over Swanston Street. There are a range of venues within the Hall, all perfect for lively discussions, collaboration and excitement as we have a say in planning our equal future.



A meeting place for the Melbourne City Council before the Town Hall was built, the Athenaeum has been described as Melbourne’s “oldest cultural institution”, around since 1839. Hard to pronounce and harder to spell, this historical venue provides a number of dynamic spaces for Breakthrough’s breakout sessions.




collins-st-baptist-church Baptist on Collins 

Founded in 1845 and designed by Joseph Reed in the style of Greek Revival architecture, Baptist On Collins is the oldest baptist church in Victoria. Wow! The glorious acoustics of the Sanctuary make it a perfect place for our voices to be heard across the two days of Breakthrough.






On Nov 25 + 26, over 100 speakers will come together at the Melbourne Town hall for Breakthrough, a new gender equality event by the Victorian Women’s Trust. Breakthrough is all about bringing big ideas, leading thinkers and passionate change-makers to the fore. Whether you’re new to the gender equality issue, or an expert in the matter, Breakthrough explores the realities facing us all, and steers us towards a brighter, fairer future. Tickets are on sale now.

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