After 25 years, 132 cities, 41 countries and 10 million visitors around the world, the social enterprise phenomenon, Dialogue in the Dark™ was officially opened by Lord Mayor Robert Doyle on Thursday 1 June.
The launch was attended by the Dialogue in the Dark and Guide Dogs Victoria teams who have been working towards the day when this social enterprise is available for Australians to experience.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle gave the Dialogue in the Dark and Guide Dogs Victoria team a special message of congratulations and a “cutting of the ribbon” ceremony to officially mark the opening of the exhibition – with the assistance of a few very talented Guide Dogs.
“Dialogue in the Dark will be a great addition and drawcard to the evolving Harbour Town precinct,” said the Lord Mayor. ‘Harbour Town has positioned itself as a true destination with many world-class attractions including the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, O’Brien Arena, Artvo, Wonderland Junior and Glow Golf all within close proximity” he added.
Karen Hayes, CEO of Guide Dogs Victoria has led the way for bringing this globally renowned exhibition to Australia. “This is a wonderful opportunity for GDV to be able to offer meaningful job and social inclusion opportunities for people who are blind or have low vision, and ultimately, for the sighted community to really take a walk in the shoes of someone with vision impairment,” said Ms. Hayes.
PTV CEO Jeroen Weimar said: “PTV’s partnership with Dialogue in the Dark is all about connecting people to their community. We have worked closely with the team to help build an authentic Melbourne experience designed to increase awareness and understanding of real life situations faced by the blind and vision impaired.”
Harbour Town’s Alton Abrahams of AsheMorgan added “We are proud to support and welcome this Australian-first and globally renowned exhibition to Harbour Town. Dialogue in the Dark™ is a very important exhibition that every sighted Australian should experience.”