Programs and Opportunities

Darebin Arts Speakeasy

Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy is a year-round independent arts program that offers you contemporary performances by emerging and established artists.

The Speakeasy program

Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy is a year-round independent performance development program offered at Northcote Town Hall and Darebin Arts Centre.

Now in its eighth year, Speakeasy presents creative contemporary performances by emerging and established artists across Melbourne and beyond.


The Speakeasy program partners with artists and organisations in Australia’s creative sector to generate thrilling artistic experiences, collaborations and possibilities for Darebin's diverse community.

This multi award winning program serves to increase the vibrancy and dynamism of our cultural spaces, enabling an inclusive, empowered community to develop and present creative events.

Speakeasy embraces the idea that our varied cultures, stories and ideas are essential to our sense of belonging, meaning and a rewarding way of life.

You can find out more about our development support through the Grants page.

What's happening this year?

We are thrilled to share a full season of covid safe shows ahead.

You’ll see shows that were created for 2020 and 2021, when covid hit, and some that we are quietly brewing behind the scenes.

Jam-packed with provocative, contemporary and powerful shows about the world we find ourselves in today, and created by award winning artists from across the country, this season is going to be a cracker.

Sign up to Darebin arts news to get the latest information about upcoming Speakeasy shows or opportunities to be a part of the program.