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New Polytechnic to celebrate opening with tram track troubadours

06 Feb 2014

Tram commuters will be entertained for free next week courtesy of Melbourne Polytechnic. To celebrate the opening of Melbourne Polytechnic’s Prahran campus (on the site of the former Swinburne University campus), roving troubadours will be hitching a ride on trams across a number of Prahran-bound routes.

The music students will perform improvised songs and music during each journey while giving the passengers a chance to join in with their own lyrics or tunes.

“They might even start up on impromptu ‘commuter choir’ or give passengers an instrument to play should they be willing,” says Melbourne Polytechnic’s Development Director, Glenn Blair.

“Our student troubadours are great ambassadors for the many creative programs that we are offering at the Prahran campus.

“We’re really excited about commencing our courses on February 24 and there’s a huge range of programs on offer from certificates to diplomas and degrees. Students can choose from design, visual arts, theatre arts, music performance, digital media and gaming, writing and publishing, and photography plus we also offer studies in business, hospitality, beauty and community studies plus much more.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in the new Prahran campus but there’s still plenty of time to enrol in our courses. Students just need to call us or jump on to our website.”

Accompanying Melbourne Polytechnic’s tram track troubadour will be Melbourne Polytechnic students handing out information and goodies to passengers. The students will be dressed in the uniforms or styles of some of the occupations taught at Melbourne Polytechnic including chefs, beauticians, artists, and musicians to name just a few.

“It should be a lot of fun,” says Glenn Blair “and will certainly give passengers a welcome distraction from noisy iPods and traffic jams”.

To find out more about courses on offer at Melbourne Polytechnic go to melbournepolytechnic.edu.au or call 03 9269 1900.

Tram Track Troubadour performance schedule

Date

Tram Route

Times

10 Feb

5

Melbourne Uni (Swanston St) to  Malvern (Burke Rd)

11.00 am – 1.15 pm

11 Feb

5

Melbourne Uni (Swanston St) to Malvern (Burke Rd)

11.00 am – 1.15 pm

12 Feb

5

Melbourne Uni (Swanston St) to Malvern (Burke Rd)

11.00 am – 1.15 pm

13 Feb

TBA but will be a north – south (Prahran-bound) route

11.15 am – 1.15 pm

14 Feb

TBA but will be a north – south (Prahran-bound) route

11.15 am – 1.15 pm

Image: A student troubadour entertains in Prahran streets in December 2013 to promote the opening of Melbourne Polytechnic

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Media enquiries should be directed to:

James Gardener, Melbourne Polytechnic Communications Coordinator 03 9269 1579 / 0413 483 182, ua.ud1481415212e.tim1481415212n@ren1481415212edrag1481415212semaj1481415212 .

Melbourne Polytechnic is an exciting new educational brand operated by parent Institute, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT). The Melbourne Polytechnic Prahran campus delivers certificate, diploma and degree programs across a wide range of creative, commercial and service industries.