MCEC partners with Dialogue in the Dark for workshops

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is collaborating with The Culture Group to become the preferred venue and corporate supporter of Dialogue in the Dark workshops.

The Dialogue in the Dark workshop is an immersive sensory experience, comprising of individual and team activities conducted in complete darkness.

The program facilitators are blind or have low vision, and are experts in in non-visual perception, creating an atmosphere of authenticity, empathy and openness.

For over two years, Dialogue in the Dark provided meaningful employment to people living with low vision or blindness, and provided over 21,000 people with the opportunity to experience how a person with low vision would experience travelling in Melbourne.

Following the success of this social enterprise, The Culture Group is taking over the reins to deliver Dialogue in the Dark workshops within a corporate environment.

“Accessibility and inclusivity within the business event industry is an incredibly important issue and this initiative is an impactful way to bring this conversation to the forefront, whilst also offering participants the chance to develop professionally and personally,” said MCEC chief executive Peter King.

The Culture Group director Joanna Geysen said creating awareness and having an impact on how people feel, act and behave, is part of Dialogue in the Dark’s unique offering.

“Positive collaboration and innovation is at the heart of what we do,” she said. “To work in partnership with the iconic MCEC, to make this sensory experience come ‘to life’ in complete darkness, has been inspiring.”

Guide Dogs Victoria CEO Karen Hayes said she is thrilled to see the continuation of the Dialogue in the Dark workshop.

“It is through the support of organisations such as Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, that the workshop is able to be delivered and therefore has the ability to challenge Melbournians through its sensory experience,” Hayes said.