The Dream Factory in Footscray is Melbourne’s first space dedicated to design, technology, social impact and community-building activities.
The former site of Lonely Planet along the Maribyrnong River is now a creative hub for Melbourne’s west, thanks to Inspire9.
The 9Fest program includes free talks, workshops, tours and demos of the Makerspace and VR Lab. The festival culminates in the Inspire9 Footscray Launch Day on Saturday 8 July.
For 9Fest the ground floor of The Dream Factory is now a pop up cafe and interactive space called ‘Space9’. Space9 is a collaboration between Inspire9, Creative Suburbs, The Impact Investment Group, and General Assembly working with a whole bunch of innovative and creative people.
Space9 is now open for work and play!
Inside you’ll find the Dumbo Feather Airstream serving coffee and baked treats by Scapegoat….
….A ping pong table ready for play…
…the Ideas Cube where you can share your big ideas for Footscray, Melbourne and life in general…
…Free wifi and tables and beanbags for meetings and break-out spaces.
Finally, there’s a bright kids play area on the astroturf with a collection of toys and books.
Families are welcome to donate their second-hand toys and books in good condition to Space9. At the end of the pop up Inspire9 will donate them all to charity.
On Saturday 1 July I will be taking over the Space9 play area with Jo Skladzien from Small Scapes. Together we will help families start to build ‘The Inspire9 Dream City’.
The Inspire9 Dream city is a FREE construction play event running from Saturday 1 July 10-12pm. Using only recycled or reusable craft materials, we invite families from Melbourne’s West to construct their dream city as inspired by the surrounding cityscape, landscape and their own imaginations!
9Fest at The Dream Factory, 90 Maribyrnong St, Footscray
Tuesday 13 June – Saturday 8 July
Space9 open Monday-Friday 7am-3pm, Saturday 10am-3pm
The Inspire9 Dream City Saturday 1 July 10-12pm