Known for its amazing food and café culture, a superb arts and music scene and a thriving creative and craft community, it’s not surprising that Melbourne has been voted the most liveable city in the world multiple times. It is a major global city with a population of five million people, but because of an extensive public transit system, free trams, and a growing cycling infrastructure, it lacks the big-city pollution and traffic congestion. Melbourne’s location on the southeast coast of Australia makes it well positioned for visiting some of Australia’s major tourist destinations.
The city was founded by British colonizers in 1835 on the lands of the indigenous Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, Taungurong, Dja Dja Wurrung, and Wathaurung people of the Kulin Nation. Soon afterward, the 1851 Gold Rush saw a huge influx of immigrants and Melbourne quickly became a large and wealthy colony. To this day Melbourne remains a place of cultural diversity, with residents from 180 countries who speak more than 233 languages and dialects. It is now a dynamic metropolis with character-filled neighbourhoods, an abundance of parks, and proximity to beaches, vineyards, and mountains.
EPIC2020 will be based at RMIT University in the heart of Melbourne. One of Australia’s original tertiary institutions, RMIT is Australia’s top ranked university for art and design and is also a world leader in communication and media studies; engineering; computer science and information systems; and business and management. With campuses across 3 continents, the University has 87,000 students and 10,000 dedicated teachers and staff striving to prepare students for workplaces that are rapidly evolving and to play a part in shaping our changing world.
Conference programming will take place in the iconic Storey Hall, which was remodelled in 1995. The remodel preserved the original, heritage-protected building, and the extension includes references to Melbourne’s architectural past, while showing what can be done with modern design and architectural techniques and technology. The shapes and spaces you see in Storey Hall were inspired partly by ‘chaos’ mathematics, particularly fractal geometry.
We’ll open EPIC2020 with a Welcome Reception at RMIT’s spectacular theatre, the Capitol. Designed by celebrated Australian architects Marion Mahony Griffin and Walter Burley Griffin, this 1924 venue is considered to be one of their finest interior design works. Its Chicago Gothic-architectural style features intricate lead-lighting details, elaborate salons, a richly decorative carpet motif in orange, carmine and green, and a spectacular geometric ceiling designed to evoke a crystalline cave. Refurbished in 2019, RMIT and Six Degrees Architects have reimagined The Capitol as a contemporary destination for culture, education and innovation, and lovingly restored many of the theatre’s original features. The Capitol now offers cinema, video, new digital media, VR, AR, gaming, video art and animation and boasts a 7.1 Dolby sound system and 4K laser digital projection.
The conference dinner will bring us together in the Melbourne Arts Precinct at the Arts Centre Melbourne. Sitting along the bank of the Yarra River, this land has long been a place of gathering, storytelling, song, ceremony, celebration and commemoration for First Nations people. Easily recognisable by its iconic Spire, ARC Melbourne is Australia’s largest and busiest performing arts centre staging more than 4,000 performances and public events each year. It is home to some of Australia’s flagship companies performing arts—The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Theatre Company and Opera Australia—and offers a diversity of audiences a distinctly multidimensional approach to participation, education and entertainment. (Conference Dinner tickets will be available to attendees at an additional cost and will include a sit down dinner, cocktails, and entertainment. Price details to come.)
A special conference rate will be available at the luxurious InterContinental Rialto hotel, which is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and protected by the National Trust of Australia. Located in the heart of the city, the InterContinental is a quintessentially Melbourne hotel and offers 253 beautiful rooms and iconic suites, 11 meeting spaces, award winning restaurant and bars. Designed by celebrated architect William Pitt, the hotel was completed during the Gold Rush when Melbourne was the richest city in the world.
Reservation & rate details coming soon!
EPIC2020 attendees looking for other options can find hotels and rentals in all price ranges with excellent public transportation to all conference venues.
Please contact us with your needs, questions, and comments so we can make sure the entire conference experience and all relevant information are accessible to you.
We are working with RMIT and hotel staff and support services to ensure our programming and facilities are accessible. Please note:
- A parenting room will. be available to all attendees with change table, curtained cubicles, diaper disposal unit, microwave, fridge, and toilet facilities: RMIT building 12, Level 7, Room 104
- We believe that gender is not binary. Restrooms in most of our conference venues are gender neutral. If you encounter bathrooms with gendered labels, EPIC and RMIT welcome you to use whichever one feels most comfortable to you.
- RMIT has an on-site medical centre open Monday–Friday. In an emergency call 000 for ambulance, police and fire brigade
- Please contact us to arrange any mobility assistance you might need.