Australian Major Performing Arts Group
The Australian Major Performing Arts Group wish you a safe and happy festive season. Thank you for a year filled with great audiences, generous partners and wonderful creatives. We look forward to working with you in 2015 to ensure vibrancy of Performing Arts in Australia.
As summer festivals get into gear around the country, some of the most anticipated events are the free concerts by the major performing arts companies.
Some exciting work was celebrated at the WA Dance Awards in Perth on 21 November, including starring performances in Onegin by dancers in the West Australian Ballet.
Phantom of the Opera is just the tip of the iceberg for the State Opera of South Australia’s regional ambition.
West Australian Opera, along with Victorian Opera and New Zealand Opera have joined forces to commission a new opera from New Zealand singer-songwriter, Tim Finn OBE.
State Theatre Company of South Australia’s production of Little Bird has been nominated for two 2014 Ruby Awards—Best Work and Innovation.
At a dinner hosted for the Chinese President by Prime Minister Tony Abbott on 17 November, the SSO was named the winner in the arts category of the inaugural Australia-China Achievement Awards.
Eamon Flack, Belvoir’s Associate Director—New Projects, has been appointed to replace Ralph Myers as Artistic Director from January 2016. He will be the company’s third Artistic Director and lead it into its fourth decade.
The Australian Chamber Orchestra and The Australian Ballet have both had whirlwind tours in October—in Europe and the US, respectively.
The report of the Australian Curriculum review has been released this week. While the report stresses the importance of arts education and the need to support professional development of teachers, it has suggested that only two arts subjects—likely visual arts and music—need be mandatory.
2013 was a very good year for audience opportunities and engagement. You can find out where companies went and how they engaged across the last four years through our MPA interactive performing arts map.