Australian Government promises $ 5.5 million for regional and remote performing arts tours

The federal government is providing $ 5.5 million to support major artistic tours such as music, dance, theater and circus as part of the Australian Council’s Playing Australia Tour Program.

and Media release On Tuesday, Minister of Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and Arts, Hong Paul Fletcher MP said funding would support 16 creative projects to attract regional and remote audiences across Australia.

“Regional and remote artists and art workers use art and culture to build strong communities, create jobs and inspire spectators, so this $ 5.5 million is for economic recovery and art development. “Promote Fletcher,” said Fletcher.

This was after the Australian entertainment industry knelt in 2020 and 21 with blockages, tour cancellations, venue closures, and stringent event requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adrian Collet AM, CEO of the Australian Council, said the investment meant that a larger audience would have access to some of Australia’s major performers.

“We are particularly pleased that our latest investment will support a variety of performances aimed at attracting young people and young people based in communities around Australia and in remote communities,” says Colette.

Winners include two of Australia’s leading theater companies, Critical Stages Touring and Monkey Baa Theater for Young People, which will fund regional tour programs in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

This includes a nationwide 48-venue tour of “Possum Magic” produced by Monkey Bar in 2023.

The Australian Ballet and South Australian State Opera are also winners, the latter funding regional tours of the Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland and West Australia, and Grahame Koehne’s Australian opera “Love Burns”. I made it.

In addition, indigenous artists are well represented, and beloved Australian singer-songwriter Archie Roach traveled to New South Wales (NSW), the Australian metropolitan area, Queensland, and remote areas in February 2022. Funded the tour.

Playing Australia, managed by the Australian Council, offers three grant rounds each year to support performing arts tours and related costs.

Meanwhile, at a music festival in New South Wales with more than 1,000 people, singing and dancing are still banned due to the high number of active COVID-19 cases.

Due to restrictions updated to include outdoor venues on January 11, event organizers must ensure that no one but music performers sing or dance at the event, effectively performing a music festival. You will not be able to.

Grapevine Gathering, an annual music and wine festival at Roche Estate in Hunter Valley, had to cancel the festival just days after its scheduled start on January 15.

Fortunately, at the annual Illawarra Folk Festival, which begins Thursday, January 13, we avoided the disaster by canceling the event a few months ago.

The festival is usually held for four days in January each year, but the 2022 festival was canceled in September 2021 due to too much uncertainty.

The festival’s artistic director, David de Santis, told The Epoch Times that he couldn’t afford to risk all preparations just to see the event canceled at the last minute.

“It was too much financial risk,” he said.

“Because of the limited budget, it would be difficult to float if the event was canceled.”

Steve Milne