LISMORE TO ENJOY TOURING NSW PERFORMING ARTS COMPANIES
Performing arts fans in the Northern Rivers will get to enjoy the talents of NSW-based performing arts companies when they visit the region next year, Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP announced today.
Mr George said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has committed more than $1.2 million over three years to support eight companies to tour across the State and was very excited Lismore will have the opportunity to watch the renowned talent of the state’s performing arts close to home.
“I’m thrilled this investment will provide our community with access to high quality performing arts touring companies and will attract visitors to town to watch the performances,” Mr George said.
“This funding is testament the NSW Government is working hard to ensure regional audiences have the same access to quality arts and cultural opportunities as those in the city.
“I am very excited Bangarra Dance Theatre and The 26 Storey Treehouse will perform and I look forward to the community supporting this terrific opportunity and enjoying the shows,” Mr George said.
The funding encourages people living in regional areas, and particularly young people, to be inspired by the performers they see and consider developing a career in the performing arts.
“Support for touring also builds the viability of NSW’s performing arts companies through developing new markets and audiences for producers, creators and artists,” Mr George said.
The NSW Government offers performing arts touring funding to offset the costs of touring to regional NSW destinations and for associated community engagement activities which improve community access and deepen the connection to arts and culture regionally.
The Performing Arts Touring funding recipients who will showcase shows in Lismore are:
- Bangarra Dance Theatre ($142,760 in 2015) towards eight performances of Kinship in five regional NSW locations - Griffith, Orange, Dubbo, Port Macquarie and Lismore. Bangarra Dance Theatre anticipates reaching an audience of more than 3,000 people on its regional NSW tour.
- CDP Theatre Producers Pty Ltd ($108,232 in 2015) for the regional NSW leg of a national tour of The 26-Storey Treehouse, adapted by Richard Tulloch from the award-winning Australian book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. The regional NSW leg would include 38 performances at 11 regional venues: Lismore, Port Macquarie, Taree, Newcastle, Orange, Dubbo, Griffith, Wollongong, Gosford, Queanbeyan and Wagga Wagga, reaching more than 12,000 young people in regional NSW over approximately six weeks.
The Performing Arts Touring funding is made available through Arts NSW’s Arts and Cultural Development Program. A second round of Performing Arts Touring funding will open in September 2014. For more information visit www.arts.nsw.gov.au