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Performing arts touring grants announced.

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The Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, today announced over $2.8 million in funding to support the touring of 26 exciting new performing arts productions under the Australian Government’s Playing Australia program.

Senator Kemp said the new round of Playing Australia grants would allow audiences to access and enjoy the best of Australia’s contemporary performing arts and would generate increased employment opportunities in the performing arts industry.

“This funding will help to maintain the vibrancy of our performing arts and will showcase the talent of Australian performers and producers in locations where communities would not normally get to enjoy these cultural events,” Senator Kemp said.

“These Playing Australia grants will provide support for Australian productions to tour to approximately 300 regional and remote venues, to communities as diverse as Katherine, Rockhampton, and Tumut.”

The latest round of Playing Australia grants will support a diverse range of performances, including drama, opera and dance performances as well innovative acrobatic, Indigenous rock and Australian jazz productions. They include:

z An Audience with Charles “Bud” Tingwell by Ellis Prater Productions (VIC)—an intimate evening

of recollections from a World War Two pilot and icon of Australian stage and screen which will stage 14 performances across the NT, QLD and WA; z The Crate Show by The Leaping Loonies, through Marguerite Pepper Productions (NSW)—an

acrobatics and slapstick comedy routine that will stage 42 performances in regional NSW, QLD, VIC and WA; and z Guys and Dolls, a new production of Frank Loesser’s musicalby Co-Opera Inc (SA), which will

tour to 35 regions across NSW, QLD, VIC and SA.

The Australian Government’s Playing Australia program has been assisting the touring of performing arts across Australia since 1992. A full list of upcoming tours to be supported by the program is online at:

7 April 2006

Media contact: Michael Christo, Minister’s Office 03 9650 7274 or 0409 040276

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