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17 September 2008
Arts Minister Peter Garrett today announced that 19 performing arts companies would enjoy the opportunity to tour live performances across the country, thanks to a $2.9 million Playing Australia funding round.
Every year funding is provided so that great Australian performances can be toured around the country, giving audiences in regional communities the opportunity to see some of the very best of what our performers have to offer, Mr Garrett said.
One of the benefits of the Playing Australia program is that as well as mainstream works, it supports aspiring companies who do not have the resources to stage big productions.
Regional touring brings a two-way benefit: small, cutting-edge performance companies have the opportunity to showcase their excellence, and regional audiences have the opportunity to see the sorts of exciting new works that they would have once had to travel to a city theatre to experience.
Playing Australia funding also makes an indirect, but very welcome, financial contribution to the economies of the small towns they visit.
Mr Garrett said this years funding would bring contemporary dance, puppetry and theatre to the stage. Among the highlights of Playing Australias Round 32 performances:
Playing Australia, the Australian Governments national performing arts touring program, has been funding performing arts tours since 1992, helping to build a vibrant arts sector in Australia.
Visit www.arts.gov.au/arts/playing_australia where you will find full details of the program, guidelines, and lists of current and past funding recipients.