Common Rooms is a place for arts, music and events. We want it all: independent arts, cabaret, comedy, spoken word and music gigs, film screenings, workshops and masterclasses, book launches, talks, rehearsals and more.
(If you’re looking to put on a week-long performance season of your theatre or dance show, you’re best to come to us during the Melbourne Fringe Festival in October, which has its own separate Expression of Interest process opening in April each year. For anything else you think the world needs to hear, hit us up now).
There are two spaces available at Common Rooms – the Old Ballroom (standing capacity 170, seated is 80-110) and the Annexe (standing capacity 70, seated is 30) – which can be booked separately or together.
The venue is wheelchair accessible (including lift access to the stage) and has a hearing loop, and in keeping with our Trades Hall home, Common Rooms is a place where everyone is welcome (except the bigots and the nasty capitalists, TBH).
We support artists at all stages of their careers to develop and present their work. We encourage work by First Nations artists, artists who are Deaf or with disability and other voices from the margins. We want to see as much female-led and gender non-binary-led work as possible.
Common Rooms is open seven days for public events in any artform. We love one-off gigs, and we don’t program week-long seasons of work outside of Festival time. We have a top sound system, projector, screen, beautiful bar and more fancy moving lights than you can poke a stick at.
Artistic Rehearsals, Industry Meetings and Residencies
Our spaces are available for free or for super cheap – subject to very limited availability on weekdays.
We are available for private functions and events – weddings, parties, anything. Discounts for our mates in the Union movement.
For everything you need to know about using the venue, including technical specifications, please see our Venue Information Document.
Common Rooms is currently taking enquiries for events from mid-November through to the end of 2020, with very limited availability in 2019.
To submit an enquiry about your event or to check availability, please fill out the Expression of Interest Form.