Registrations fill fast as The Australian Ballet once again pirouettes into Western Sydney for the company’s third free, annual outdoor performance, Ballet Under the Stars, presented in Penrith on Saturday 6 October 2018.Read More
Across the nation, from small country towns to the suburbs of major cities, performing arts companies and venues play their part as a hub for community growth and development.
- In 2015, 4.1 million people attended a performance, school activity or workshop by the major performing arts companies —an increase of 270,000 on 2014.
- The MPAs also provide free outdoor performances individually and within major city festivals, as well as special artist talks, behind the scenes events, free ticket performance days for the unwaged and free live remote telecasts of mainstage performances.
- MPAs’ initiatives to build access for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and programs for older people have both more than doubled since 2010.
- Programs directed towards people living with a disability have more than trebled in that time.
- Initiatives targeting other segments of our population including children, youth and early career artists have also grown steadily as have regional initiatives.
Close to 566,000 school children and teachers attended education activities for schools, of which more than 160,000 were from regional and remote Australia. Education and workshop attendances increased on 2014 figures in both regional and metropolitan areas.
The major performing arts companies are active participants in their communities, running joint performances, access and education programs, workshops, classes, lectures and seminars.
They generate social cohesion. They reflect and develop our national identity. They capture our stories. And they inspire insight into who we are—as individuals and as communities.
Community engagement is also about building relationships in particular segments of a community—which can stimulate stronger social inclusion, greater mutual understanding as well as extent support to people who are vulnerable or facing particular challenges.
Read more about how the companies engage with communities, and the great work they do right across the nation.
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The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is lives deep in the heart and community of all Tasmanians. In keeping with this community ethos, the TSO believes that all Tasmanians should have the chance to experience the joy that only live orchestral music can bring.Read More
Sydney Dance Company identified a growing need to provide high-quality dance programs that are accessible to the broader community, but that also have a direct benefit to the health and well-being of individuals with mobility difficulties.Read More
Since 2016, Sydney Theatre Company’s Connected program has combined drama approaches with English language learning for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. The program is delivered in partnership with organisations including Asylum Seekers Centre, Australian Red Cross and MTC Australia.Read More
What better way to savour summer than with spine-tingling music under the stars? And what’s more, it’s free!Read More
OperaQ’s A Night with Opera Queensland a new, expansive regional tour is offering something unique to 12 regional communities, with a special all-star show blending moments of shining operatic splendour with theatricality, backstage humour and showbiz sass, all performed at close range in some of Queensland’s most unique venues.
Queensland Ballet will be presenting a great program of Seniors Week classes in various locations around the state. The classes are proving extremely popular, with some already sold out.Read More
Roll up! Roll Up! It’s all happening under — and outside — the big top as Circus Oz builds capacity, engages communities, develops artists and promotes access for regional Australians, as well as enabling First Nation’s artists’ development in circus.Read More
New Australia Council data tool- How does your region compare to national averages?Read More
Original work created with local artists celebrates community and stories around Tumbulgum HallRead More
Circus Oz’ Deadly Elders Circus is a finalist in VicHealth Awards.Read More
A new national report released by the Community Council of Australia (CCA) has revealed that in many fundamental areas of Australian life we are heading in the wrong direction and identifies a number of key influences that can strengthen our wellbeing including the role of the arts and creativity.Read More
Cassandra Lake, Executive Manager, Community Engagement for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, speaks to AMPAG about their successful Hospital Orchestra Project (HOP).Read More
In 2015 the MPAs increased their nationwide direct reach across three key areas.Read More
Often there are two cultures that exist side by side inside a symphony orchestra. There is a player culture that is borne from the many years of training, ethos and experience that each of its musicians brings. Then there is a management and marketing culture that is concerned with steering the orchestra to where opportunities for audience and brand development are seen to exist writes Music Australia's Graham Strahle.Read More
Unlike many community engagement programs, Opera Queensland targets adults in two programs it runs, not solely school children.Read More
It's been a busy week for the West Australian Ballet, having spent a long weekend in Albany with Bboy champion Pepito, as well as bringing world-renowned prima ballerina Madeleine Eastoe to Perth for a masterclass.Read More
A personal recollection by Simon Rogers, Manager of Artistic Planning, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, on how the orchestra went about developing a new recording for the Hush Foundation in a collaboration that extended its reach and forged new partnerships.Read More
West Australian Ballet is gearing up this week for the first of its two annual community matinees, sponsored by Lotterywest.Read More
Every day in Australia almost seven people die by suicide—and it is shocking statistics like this that brought together some of our finest musicians in a fundraising concert in Sydney (10 September), marking World Suicide Prevention Day.Read More
Queensland Theatre Company (QTC) and Sibelco Australia received the 2015 Premier’s Reconciliation Award at a ceremony in Brisbane during National Reconciliation Week.Read More
Queensland Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s program has had positive physical, social, cognitive and emotional benefits for participants affected by Parkinson’s disease, according to research undertaken by QUT and The University of Queensland.Read More
Phantom of the Opera is just the tip of the iceberg for the State Opera of South Australia’s regional ambition.Read More
Around 500 singers from western Sydney will be performing on Saturday, 1 November at the Sydney Opera House, as part of Opera Australia’s Community Choirs Project.Read More
Bangarra starts its biggest ever regional tour of Australia on 17 September, performing Stephen Page’s Kinship double bill in Darwin, Alice Springs, Adelaide, Rockhampton and Cairns, as well as spending time on country with remote Indigenous communities.Read More
On Thursday 28 August Bangarra Dance Theatre joins forces with the Sydney Convicts, Australia’s first gay rugby union club, for a performance at the opening ceremony of the Bingham Cup.Read More
During 2014 Bangarra collaborated with Beyond Blue to produce this clip for the 'Stories for Keeping Strong' series.Read More
Adelaide Railway Station will be host to a musical extravaganza this Friday 15 August.Read More
Sydney Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela, has choreographed a new large-scale dance routine that will be performed by thousands in Sydney, London and Glasgow.
Opera Queensland is calling all filmmakers to register their interest in documenting the company’s Project Puccini which gives hundreds of Queenslanders the opportunity to perform in the chorus of a new production of Puccini's La bohème.Read More
Many of Circus Oz's workshop programs focus on younger people, often children who are traumatised or who have fallen through the cracks of existing institutions can feel happy, motivated and inspired doing circus. While circus is fun, and collaborative, rather than competitive, the discipline necessary to develop skills seems to have positive effects on children's lives.Read More
The company has a full youth program, including the long-running Youth Express. Belvoir partners with youth support organisations such as Key College: Youth off the Streets, MYC (Marist Youth Care), Twenty10 and Exodus Youth to give young people access to a professional theatre company and their artists.Read More
In 2013 STC is partnering with NRMA Motoring and Services to create a unique piece of theatre with social impact.Read More
A first in Australia, Queensland Ballet is implementing Dance for PD in 2013. Originally developed in 2001 in New York by the Mark Morris Dance Group, the Dance for PD program has achieved significant results worldwide.Read More
OperaQ is currently working on an exciting regional arts initiative 'Project Puccini', which will get hundreds of Queenslanders performing in an opera. They are looking forward to announcing the details of this project and how communities can get involved in 2014.Read More
The Young Aboriginal Women's Program was developed by The Australian Ballet and the Wannik Dance Academy at Mooroopna Secondary College in regional Victoria. Students of the Wannik Dance Academy engage in a specialist dance program, which is combined with academic studies.Read More
Orchestra Victoria's On The mOVe, Education Program evolved in response to a demonstrated and clearly articulated need from regional instrumental music teachers for contact with specialist professional musicians. Many gifted students do not reach their potential as musicians and discontinue learning their instrument due to lack of access to specialist teachers.Read More
In July 2012 celebrated Aboriginal soprano, playwright and composer Deborah Cheetham and her Short Black Opera Company (SBOC) undertook a six-day residency in Portland, Victoria.Read More