Performing artists to take the stage in the regions

More of the country’s best performing arts companies are set to tour regional NSW this year with the help of further NSW Government funding, Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said today.

Regional NSW will enjoy singing performances, theatre, ballet and workshops from four renowned art organisations with $137,000 from the NSW Government.

“I’m proud the NSW Government is investing in the demand for quality and diverse art forms in the regions and building audiences and creating jobs in this vibrant sector,” Mr Grant said.

“I’m equally proud of the variety of destinations across our state set to welcome some of our best art organisations as of both metropolitan and regionally based companies supported by the Government to take to the stage in 2016.”

One of the key aims of the NSW Government’s new Create in NSW 10-year policy framework is ensuring people have access to a diverse range of arts experiences no matter where they live.

The NSW Government has invested a total of $700,000 through the Performing Arts Touring Program to give regional communities the opportunity to experience performing arts productions throughout 2016.

The latest Performing Arts Touring recipients are:

CDP Theatre Producers: $50,000 to deliver a 2016 tour of The 52-Storey Treehouse. The tour will include performances at nine venues, reaching more than 10,000 NSW young people. The production is an adaptation by Richard Tulloch from the award-winning Australian book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. Locations: Lismore, Wagga Wagga, Newcastle, Wollongong, Gosford, Griffith, Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Orange.

Eastern Riverina Arts: $5,502 to tour Fred Smith’s Dust of Uruzgan, a collection of songs Fred wrote while working as a tribal and political advisor alongside Australian Forces in Uruzgan Province, Southern Afghanistan. The songs and stories are complemented by a collection of visual projections, donated by Australian Defence Force photographers who patrolled alongside troops. Locations:  Wagga, Coolamon, Adelong, West Wyalong and Temora.

 The Australian Ballet: $50,000 to deliver a NSW tour of the classical ballet Giselle in 2016.  Locations: Orange, Griffith, Wagga Wagga and Newcastle.

fLiNG Physical Theatre: $31,500 to tour an original production, We will Come to the Rescue with 20 youth performers. The Dubbo leg of the tour will culminate in presenting two performances as part of the Regional Arts Conference, ARTLANDS. The tour will include dance workshops and a flash mob performance. Locations: Yass, Dubbo, Bathurst.

To find out more about the Performing Arts Touring Program please click here.

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Published: 25 January 2016