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Playing Australia Grants for North West Victoria.



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Media Contact Sally Turvey (03) 5032 4510 -ends-

Thursday, 30 November 2006

Playing Australia Grants for North West Victoria

North West Victorian communities will be able to enjoy the performances of a variety of tours following an announcement of funding under the Australian Government’s ‘Playing Australia’ programme by John Forrest, The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee.

Mr Forrest said Playing Australia, the Australian Government’s national performing arts touring programme, attracts a wide range of applications from companies and artists from around the country.

“This funding will bring a number of tours to North West Victorian communities throughout 2007. Playing Australia gives all Australians, wherever they live, better access to some of the country’s best performing arts,” said Mr Forrest.

“I congratulate all of the recipients for their successful application in a highly competitive field.”

“Through this Australian Government programme, high-quality performing arts companies are now able to tour to regional and remote areas,” Mr Forrest said. “This provides our region with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy performances they would normally have to travel some distance to experience.”

“This latest round of Playing Australia funding will provide over $3 million for tours across the country, which will create employment for 275 performing arts workers, technicians, stage hands and administrators.”

Grants for Playing Australia are offered twice yearly. Information regarding the next round of funding will be available on the web at, www.dcita.gov.au/arts/arts/playing_australia

A list of the successful tours is attached:

John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

Phone (03) 5032 4510 Fax (03) 5032 9407

Media Contact Sally Turvey (03) 5032 4510 -ends-

Production Tour Dates Town Venue

The Messiah 03 March 2007 Mildura Mildura Arts Centre

Educating Rita 11 July 2007

19 July 2007

Swan Hill Horsham

Swan Hill Town Hall Wesley PAC

Small Metal Objects 15-17 March 2007 Mildura Mildura Centro My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch 25-26 July 2007

27-28 July 2007 Swan Hill Mildura

Swan Hill Town Hall Mildura Arts Centre

Slava and Leonard Grigoryan 30 May 2007 Mildura Mildura Performing Arts

Centre

It Takes Two 08 August 2007 Swan Hill Swan Hill Town Hall

Divine Harmonies 02-04 July 2007 05-07 July 2007 Mildura Swan Hill

Mildura Arts Centre Swan Hill Arts Centre

Please note: The itinerary and tour dates are subject to changes.