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The Exchange is back!

The Exchange is back!

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 16 May 2014 01:02 Written by // James Findlay

After an array of changes over the past few years, the site of the original xChange Bar and previously known Kama Bar, will reopen its doors this weekend under the name of The Exchange.

Managing Director of The Exchange Ravi Soni, told MCV a team of designers, artists, production coordinators and ‘legends of the community’ all contributed to the transformation inside the venue.

“The internals were stripped back which allowed the designers and artists to have less in their way, as well as allowing more versatile rooms and spaces.

“Everything on the ground level has been worked on, which has all contributed to the soul and character of this great venue. We encourage everyone to come and see it,” he said.

Once a staple of the iconic former ‘gay strip’ of Melbourne, The Exchange hopes to bring those crowds back. Mr Soni also dismissed claims Commercial Road was past its time and crowds had moved on.

“With a central location and a host of great talent we see no reason why we cannot attract as many people.

“Healthy competition and high standards are a great thing. Talented artists, innovation and good people are what this place is about,” he said.

The Exchange opens with a weekend of celebrations starting Friday, May 16 with shows and DJs every Friday and Saturday night. The public bar will be open every night from 3pm.

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James Findlay

James Findlay

James Findlay is a Melbourne-based writer and broadcaster who has worked in community media for many years. He has won awards for his work on The Naughty Rude Show on SYN, and can be heard on JOY 94.9's breakfast program, Triple Threat, and Hide and Seek - exploring sex, sexuality and self. James was also the Marketing and PR Manager for Melbourne's Midsumma Festival for two years, before traveling overseas where he taught English in Germany and worked as a tour guide around Western Europe. He is currently studying his Masters at Melbourne University in Public Health (specialising in Sexual Health).

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