Music and theatre take to regional stages

15 December 2014

The Government has announced over $2 million in funding to bring music, theatre and other arts experiences to regional and remote Australians.

The demand for high quality, vibrant arts extends beyond the borders of our capital cities, and support for regional tours helps to meet that demand. The Australian Government’s regional touring programs bring works from leading performing arts companies to regional audiences, showcase local talent and bring communities together.

Festivals Australia and Playing Australia will support regional tours of 24 innovative arts projects and activities.  

With Playing Australia funding of $1.4 million, Circus Oz, Tasdance, Opera Australia, Arts on Tour, Critical Stages and the Queensland Theatre Company will take to the stages of 80 regional and remote locations across Australia.

Highlights include a tribute to musician Jimmy Little Country Song by Queensland Theatre Company to tour 33 venues across the country, while Arts on Tour will take great new contemporary music acts, The Set List, to young regional Australian audiences in 15 locations.

Festivals Australia will support a mix of 18 small and large projects to be presented at regional and remote festivals. This includes a project by Katherine Regional Arts in the Northern Territory which will bring external artists to work with Indigenous artists and communities to create junk sculptures for the Katherine Junk Festival. The Art is Festival has been funded to present Culti-vat, a part performance and part interactive exhibition that will transform an empty shop in the main street of Horsham, Victoria.

Playing Australia helps cover the costs associated with a national tour, including freight, transport, accommodation and travel allowances, enabling performances in locations where it would not be economically viable without government support.

Festivals Australia helps cover the costs of producing and presenting an arts activity at festivals in regional and remote Australia.

For the full list of recipients, visit www.australiacouncil.gov.au