Culture and heritage

Local artists create fresh look for city laneways

A model display of houses with pink and blue light projected on to them.

Wander down 40 of Melbourne’s iconic laneways to discover interconnected lighting and creative experiences designed by some of our city’s brightest minds.  

Flash Forward is the largest revitalisation of CBD laneways in Melbourne’s history, creating more than 160 jobs by employing artists, production and graphic designers, music producers, lighting specialists, technicians and maintenance workers to bring the city’s laneways to life. 

The jobs are being supported by the Government’s $500 million Working for Victoria Fund, which has helped more than 13,500 people across the state find jobs during the pandemic. 

Lord Mayor Sally Capp said Melbourne’s laneway culture is internationally renowned and the investment will make the city even more vibrant, more welcoming and more attractive, which will help local businesses thrive.

‘The cultural and gastronomical experiences in our city laneways are a huge part of what makes Melbourne great,’ the Lord Mayor said.  

‘We want to enhance dozens of laneways across the CBD to showcase the unique businesses and attractions that are on offer here in Melbourne. 

‘This is an investment that creates much-needed jobs now but also help businesses attract more customers into the future – supporting jobs well after the work is complete.’ 

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