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SSO and Starlight brighten the lives of sick children

SSO and Starlight brighten the lives of sick children

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has today announced its collaboration with the Starlight Children’s Foundation (Starlight) to brighten the lives of seriously ill children, young people and their families through music.

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The role of the arts in regional development

The role of the arts in regional development

The Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation’s inquiry will explore ways to increase the growth and prosperity of regional and rural Australia. AMPAG and RAA outline the role of the arts.

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2018 season set to sparkle

2018 season set to sparkle

The 2018 season is bursting with promise as more AMPAG members unveil their programs for next year. Here is just a tiny taste of what’s in store.

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Recognising arts educators

Recognising arts educators

To mark World Teachers’ Day on Thursday 5 October, Queensland Ballet and World Alliance for Arts Education released a joint statement recognising arts educators.

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How Can The Show Go On?

How Can The Show Go On?

How Can the Show Go On? Performing Arts Wellbeing Summit is a one day summit to be held at Sydney Opera House on the 13th November 2017. This event is produced by Theatre Network NSW with support from the NSW Performing Arts Wellbeing Working Group, Create NSW and Sydney Opera House.

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Eskimo Joe, WASO & TSO

Eskimo Joe, WASO & TSO

​Iconic indie rock band Eskimo Joe heads to Perth next year for two performances with full backing by West Australian Symphony Orchestra in February and then hits Hobart to perform with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in May as part of their 21st birthday celebrations.

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Connect puts access and wellbeing centre stage

Connect puts access and wellbeing centre stage

CONNECT Open Rehearsals are a new initiative by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, which provide registered community groups the opportunity to observe an orchestra and conductor putting the final touches on a concert performance.

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MTC celebrates new partnership with VCA

MTC celebrates new partnership with VCA

Melbourne Theatre Company is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Victorian College of the Arts for MTC’s upcoming production of Vivid White by Eddie Perfect.

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World Ballet Day 2017

World Ballet Day 2017

World Ballet Day returns on Thursday 5 October 2017 with 22 hours of live, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from five of the world’s leading ballet companies.

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Performing arts companies unveil a scintillating 2018 season

Performing arts companies unveil a scintillating 2018 season

Just as all the seasonal markers of spring begin to emerge, a swathe of Australian performing arts companies launch their 2018 programs, carrying the promise of hundreds of captivating stories with a cast of remarkable characters, each offering an intriguing perspective on the world.

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BLAKflip Circus Oz

BLAKflip Circus Oz

Circus Oz BLAKflip Masterclass is happening again this year- 11–22 September.

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Kings of Baxter - Bell Shakespeare

Kings of Baxter - Bell Shakespeare

Screening at the Antenna Documentary Film Festival to be held in Sydney next month, Kings of Baxter follows the Bell Shakespeare workshop program at the Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre for Boys.

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WASO extends contract Asher Fisch until 2023

WASO extends contract Asher Fisch until 2023

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra has proudly announces the continuation of their outstanding musical partnership with Principal Conductor Asher Fisch, whose contract has now been extended by a further four years until 2023.

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First ever Stradivarius viola in Hobart for TSO concert

First ever Stradivarius viola in Hobart for TSO concert

Antonio Stradivari's very first viola, handmade by this legendary instrument maker in 1672, will be played by celebrated French violist Antoine Tamestit, in his debut with The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in the concert ‘Harold in Italy’.

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The Australia Council is now calling for nominations for the 2018 awards

The Australia Council is now calling for nominations for the 2018 awards

These prestigious national awards recognise outstanding and sustained contributions by Australian artists in music, literature, community arts and cultural development (CACD), emerging and experimental arts, visual arts, theatre, and dance. They are awarded by the Board of the Australia Council, informed by key industry advisors. The Australia Council will announce the Awards to eight distinguished Australian artists in March 2018.

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Marriage Equality and the Arts

Marriage Equality and the Arts

Next month, Australians will be asked via a postal survey whether or not they believe same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. While the survey is not compulsory, it concerns an issue that lies at the core of our society and so it is important that every eligible Australian casts his or her vote

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Musica Viva Schools' 2018 offers more

Musica Viva Schools' 2018 offers more

2018 MVA in Schools includes three new shows; Water, Water, Everywhere with music by Grammy-winning composer, Tan Dun; Da Vinci’s Apprentice, which brings out the inventor in us all; and Wyniss, a dynamic group from Müa Island in the Torres Strait.

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Art Music Winners announced

Art Music Winners announced

The 2017 Orchestral Work Of The Year award went to Lyle Chan for Serenade for Tenor, Saxophone and Orchestra (“My Dear Benjamin”) at the Art Music Awards night head at the City Recital Centre, Sydney on 22nd August.

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Belvoir announces new ED

Belvoir announces new ED

Sue Donnelly, one of Australia’s most prominent and experienced arts administrators, has been appointed to the position of Executive Director of Belvoir.

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​Queensland Ballet on pointe for Seniors Week

​Queensland Ballet on pointe for Seniors Week

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.

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​The play’s the thing

​The play’s the thing

Playwriting Australia call for EOI. Playwriting Australia (PWA) is looking for new writing that will help broaden the narrative, and expand audience's expectations of the work of the producers. What’s more, the application process is simple — it starts with a conversation about the play you want to develop, and why.

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New Breed 2017 - Meet the New Breed of Australian dance creators

New Breed 2017 - Meet the New Breed of Australian dance creators

Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks, in conjunction with The Balnaves Foundation, announce five up-and-coming Australian choreographers commissioned to create new works for the acclaimed New Breed initiative that supports Australia’s next generation of dancemakers.

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Bangarra goes back to Country

Bangarra goes back to Country

After Bangarra's successful season of Bennelong in Canberra the dance ensemble fly to Thursday Island in the Torres Strait this month for their annual on Country residency.

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2017 Helpmann Awards

2017 Helpmann Awards

At the Capital Theatre Sydney on Monday 24 July, the arts industry came together to celebrate the best in Australian performing arts at the announcement of the 2017 Helpmann Awards.

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MSO to perform at Prambanan Temple, Indonesia in August

MSO to perform at Prambanan Temple, Indonesia in August

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is touring to Indonesia across July and August, becoming the first western orchestra to perform a unique outdoor concert at the Prambanan Hindu Temple, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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2017 Art Music Award nominations announced

2017 Art Music Award nominations announced

Some of Australia’s finest composers and performers in contemporary, classical, jazz and experimental music have today been named as finalists for the 2017 Art Music Awards.

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Tours de force. This month– China and Scotland

Tours de force. This month– China and Scotland

August will see some of Australia’s top talent making a splash overseas as Circus Oz breaks new ground in China and Malthouse Theatre takes two dazzlingly successful productions to Edinburgh.

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We’re more engaged in the arts than we realise

We’re more engaged in the arts than we realise

The Australia Council for the Arts has released the results of the National Arts Participation Survey, their third report in a series that measures Australians’ engagement with the arts.

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NORPA close to fundraising target

NORPA close to fundraising target

NORPA team have continued to work hard to rebuild their venue, following the devastating floods in Lismore almost three months ago. The support of the arts community has been instrumental.

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Picking up steam

Picking up steam

​The inquiry tasked with looking at ways to ensure that Australia’s tertiary system can meet the needs of a future labour force focused on innovation and creativity released its report this month.

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Sandra Willis appointed as OperaQ Executive Director

Sandra Willis appointed as OperaQ Executive Director

Multi-talented arts producer and manager Sandra Willis has been appointed as the new Executive Director of Opera Queensland and will relocate from Melbourne to Brisbane to commence on 24 July 2017.

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Geordie Brookman announces creative ensemble in 2017

Geordie Brookman announces creative ensemble in 2017

​2017 marks a new direction for State Theatre Company, with the formation of a Creative Ensemble - a group of actors and creatives taking residence to work on a number of productions and creative developments in 2017 and 2018.

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Melbourne Theatre Company launches NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program

Melbourne Theatre Company launches NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program

The result of a $4.6 million investment in Australian writers funded by the visionary donors of MTC’s Playwrights Giving Circle and MTC, this innovative five-year program introduces the most rigorous playwright commissioning and development process ever undertaken by the Company.

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​The Arts Community Shines

​The Arts Community Shines

The arts community has strong representation across all areas of the industry in this year’s birthday honours list. The recipients of the awards deserve the accolades, not only for their talent and industry, but for the outstanding contribution they make to the community.

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Arts Journalism–Independent champions

Arts Journalism–Independent champions

The arts sector in Australia has been dismayed by the decline of local professional arts journalism. Fairfax's recent announcement that it would cut 125 jobs across the organisation's major titles included totally closing the arts desks of The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.
By Miriam Cosic.

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​Reaching out to the regions

​Reaching out to the regions

It’s no surprise that regional touring is deeply embedded in the DNA of Sydney Dance Company, Circus Oz, Bangarra and Bell Shakespeare; that Musica Viva has deep connections with regional schools in addition to their regional performances; or that the ACO Collective (formerly known as ACO2) delivers regional touring and education programs Australia-wide. But are you aware of just how much is happening in the further flung regions of our country?

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TSO and Victorian Opera launch new partnership

TSO and Victorian Opera launch new partnership

This new multi-year collaboration was launched during Dark Mofo 2017, with 3 performances of Respighi’s The Sleeping Beauty at the Theatre Royal, Hobart on June 10 and 11.

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Megan Wilding wins 2017 Balnaves Award

Megan Wilding wins 2017 Balnaves Award

Gamilaroi woman Megan Wilding was announced as the winner of The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award 2017. The award was presented by Hamish Balnaves, General Manager of The Balnaves Foundation.

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Vale, Sir Jeffrey

Vale, Sir Jeffrey

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Adviser, Sir Jeffrey Tate CBE died on Friday the 2nd June.

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Tognetti wins 2017 JC Williamson Award

Tognetti wins 2017 JC Williamson Award

Liver Performance Australia made the announcement ahead of the JC Williamson Award being officially presented to Richard Tognetti at the 17th annual Helpmann Awards on Monday 24 July at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney.

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​Playwriting takes centre stage at STC

​Playwriting takes centre stage at STC

*Andrew Bovell is the new STC Patrick White Playwrights’ Fellow
*Lewis Treston wins the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award
*Playwrights named for STC’s new Emerging Writers’ Group

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TSO Chief Conductor in major European Opera project

TSO Chief Conductor in major European Opera project

​Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Marko Letonja is currently in Stockholm, Letonja is undertaking the phenomenal task of conducting Wagner’s grandiose musical drama The Ring with the Royal Swedish Opera during May and June.

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QSO and de la Parra Emmy winners

QSO and de la Parra Emmy winners

AMPAG congratulates the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director, Alondra de la Parra, for winning the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction.

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​Cate Blanchett nominated for a Tony

​Cate Blanchett nominated for a Tony

Cate Blanchett has been nominated for a Tony Award in the US for her role in The Present, the Sydney Theatre Company production that opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York on 8 January this year.

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STC’s School Drama Book launched in New York

STC’s School Drama Book launched in New York

Following its successful release in Australia last year, The School Drama Book: Drama, Literature and Literacy in the Creative Classroom by Robyn Ewing and John Nicholas Saunders, is launched this weekend in New York. The event is part of the New York University Forum on Ethnodrama: The Aesthetics of Research and Playmaking, hosted by the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University's Steinhardt School.

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Breaking Down Barriers for Young People to Enjoy Orchestral Music

Breaking Down Barriers for Young People to Enjoy Orchestral Music

What orchestras arguably need most of all these days are skilled, talented and enthusiastic individuals who can bring the experience of orchestral music to young people. Oddly, they tend to be a small and rare bunch. This is because their abilities need to be spread so widely, across education, conducting. composing, and perhaps above all, communication. by Graham Strahle for Music Australia

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​Stage and screen critical links

​Stage and screen critical links

AMPAG’s submission to the House of Representatives Inquiry into the Australian film and television industry highlights the valuable interconnectedness of stage and screen.

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NORPA needs help!

NORPA needs help!

Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), one of Australia’s premier regional performing arts companies, suffered severe damage in the Lismore flood.

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AMPAG supports new arts funding

AMPAG supports new arts funding

As the Federal Government heads into its final weeks before releasing the 2017 May Budget, AMPAG has called for several crucial but affordable funding decisions to be made.

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Walsh Bay arts precinct gets funding boost

Walsh Bay arts precinct gets funding boost

​Walsh Bay’s transformation into a world-class cultural arts precinct will be bigger and better than originally planned thanks to an additional $68 million in NSW Government funding.

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​Ballet research to optimise performance and health

​Ballet research to optimise performance and health

La Trobe University and The Australian Ballet have joined forces to examine the athletic capacity of our leading ballet dancers – helping inform prevention and rehabilitation techniques for musculoskeletal injuries.

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Excitement builds under — and outside — the big top

Excitement builds under — and outside — the big top

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.

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NEW PORTFOLIO ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE ARTS

NEW PORTFOLIO ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE ARTS

The Turnbull Government has announced changes to Arts portfolio funding arrangements, with the transfer of the majority of funds from Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund to the Australia Council.

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​SOSA - Saul excites and lifts everyone’s sights

​SOSA - Saul excites and lifts everyone’s sights

The opera production Saul, at Adelaide Festival was 'a huge economic boost to South Australia, as well as a reputational boost’ said State Opera of South Australia's Artistic Director & CEO, Tim Sexton.

‘That’s why it’s important for the Festival to do large scale events that are unique to the state—it helps to cement Adelaide’s long-held arts reputation.’

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Australian Chamber Orchestra thrills UK audiences

Australian Chamber Orchestra thrills UK audiences

'***** one of the wonders of the musical world…an astonishing experience.' The Guardian UK

Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) Artistic Director Richard Tognetti as the Barbican Centre’s first Artist-in-Residence at Milton Court Concert Hall, for 2016 and 2017, has again taken London by storm this month, appearing as solo recitalist, genre-defying performer, pedagogue and of course, as first amongst equals with his ensemble the ACO.

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Australasia's first Orchestral Performance master’s degree launches

Australasia's first Orchestral Performance master’s degree launches

A two-year Master of Music (Orchestral Performance) launched at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) when the University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis and Chair of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) Board Michael Ullmer signed an official Memorandum of Understanding.

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US' David Hallberg joins The Australian Ballet

US' David Hallberg joins The Australian Ballet

David Hallberg recently announced as The Australian Ballet's first international resident guest artist talks about the incredible journey he has shared with TAB's Medical Team to stare down what might have been an end of career injury.

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​AMPAG welcomes ABC’s regional engagement

​AMPAG welcomes ABC’s regional engagement

AMPAG welcomes the ABC’s commitment to building its regional content and engagement, following the ABC’s recent announcement to spend $15 million a year extra on developing regional content.

This announcement goes some way to reassuring our members of the ABC’s support for the arts, said AMPAG executive director, Bethwyn Serow.

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Green Room 2017 nominations

Green Room 2017 nominations

Winners of this years’ Green Room Awards, Melbourne's most revered performing arts accolade, will be announced later this month (27 March).

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Seventeen plays the UK

Seventeen plays the UK

UK’s interest in Australian theatre continues with national premiere of Belvoir’s hit play Seventeen opening this month.

This time its veteran British actors Michael Feast and Roger Sloman on a climbing frame at the Lyric theatre in London and the play begins on the last day of their A-levels rather than the HSC.

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​Good Play Club, fostering WA theatre artists’ & artform insights

​Good Play Club, fostering WA theatre artists’ & artform insights

The Blue Room Theatre and Black Swan State Theatre Company presented their first Good Play Club event for the year this week, with Clare Watson (Artistic Director; Black Swan State Theatre Company) as special guess joining Black Swan Associate Director, Jeffrey Jay Fowler to discuss Ray Lawler’s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.

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Nicholas Carter to lead ASO in 2018 as new international role announced

Nicholas Carter to lead ASO in 2018 as new international role announced

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) announced Nicholas Carter will continue as Principal Conductor for its 2018 Season. The announcement coincides with the appointment of Mr Carter as the new Chief Conductor of Stadttheater Klagenfurt and Kärntner Sinfonieorchester in Austria from September 2018 for an initial three-year term.

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Ballet bad-boy joins WAB

Ballet bad-boy joins WAB

Oscar Valdés will be joining West Australian Ballet's full-time ranks as a Soloist from April.

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2017 Australia Council Awards

2017 Australia Council Awards

Eight leading artists' contribution to Australia's innovative creative culture were acknowledged as recipients of the 2017 Australia Council Awards.

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Arts in Senate Estimates 28 Feb

Arts in Senate Estimates 28 Feb

Minister advises Senator Kakoschke-Moore the department's priority is- 'highlighting, apart from the obvious cultural and social contribution to Australia society of the arts, the economic contribution, and trying to link the skill sets that so many creative artists and others have and of which there are quite a lot of spillovers now into the broader economy....

So,widening the conversation to the broader economy I think is where the department's focus is right now.'

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Vale Betty Amsden

Vale Betty Amsden

AMPAG is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Betty Amsden — the ‘Arts Angel’ of Melbourne. Rarely has a single individual had such an extraordinary impact on the arts and community sectors of Australia.

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2016 Matilda Awards winners announced

2016 Matilda Awards winners announced

Queensland Theatre has dominated the 2016 MATILDA AWARDS to be Queensland’s most lauded company for the second year running, associated with eleven of the 16 category winners through four of its productions.

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The Sydney Symphony Orchestra announces 2017 Fellowships

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra announces 2017 Fellowships

15 of Australia’s best and brightest classical musicians have been selected from hundreds of applicants to participate in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s (SSO) internationally-renowned Fellowship program in 2017.

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Oz Dance, Circus and Theatre play the USA

Oz Dance, Circus and Theatre play the USA

Three of Australia’s renowned performing arts companies – Sydney Dance Company, Circus Oz and Sydney Theatre Company - have concurrent seasons and tours in the United States, showcasing Australian culture, ideas and talent on the global stage.

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​West Australian Opera turns 50

​West Australian Opera turns 50

​West Australian Opera turns 50 this year—and to celebrate, the company is partying hard, with help from Nicole and Twiggy Forrest.

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The Latest on VET

The Latest on VET

Three Australian Memorial Theatre Ltd courses gain eligibility for VET student loans -with broader review on scheme settings expected soon.

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STEM Agenda too narrow

STEM Agenda too narrow

101 submissions to the House of Representatives Committee for Innovation and Creativity -workforce for the new economy includes a number of evidence-based submissions highlighting the importance of arts and humanities and the danger in siloing the creatives out of a creative innovation agenda.

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Australia Day awards honour the arts

Australia Day awards honour the arts

Almost 50 Australians have been nominated for their support of the arts or participation in the arts in the National Australia Day awards this week.

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Sydney Theatre Awards

Sydney Theatre Awards

​Belvoir carried seven awards home from the Sydney Theatre 2016 Awards last night.

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​Ruby Awards- South Australia announced

​Ruby Awards- South Australia announced

Premier’s Award for Lifetime Achievement jointly awarded to– Rob Brookman, State Theatre Company of South Australia and Ulrike Klein, UKARIA Cultural Centre and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's contribution to the community recognised.

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2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlist Announced

2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlist Announced

Girl Shut Your Mouth by Gita Bezard, published by Black Swan State Theatre Company and performed as part of BSSTC Loaded: A double bill of new plays and The Drover’s Wife by Leah Purcell published by Currency Press and premiered in September at Belvoir have been nominated for the Drama Award.

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Samantha Meers New Chair of Belvoir Board

Samantha Meers New Chair of Belvoir Board

Samantha previously served on the Belvoir Board from 2004 to 2006. She is the Deputy Executive Chairman of the Nelson Meers Group and co-founder and trustee of the Nelson Meers Foundation.

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Things I Know To Be True

Things I Know To Be True

State Theatre Company South Australia’s co-production with UK theatre company Frantic Assembly of Things I Know To Be True completed its highly successful UK tour in Chichester on 26 November.

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Donors Champion ASO’s Activities

Donors Champion ASO’s Activities

​The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s (ASO) music education and concert activities have been given a significant boost thanks to the generosity of three new donors.

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Bumper Bar Belvoir Fundraiser

Bumper Bar Belvoir Fundraiser

A retro pinball arcade is popping-up in Belvoir’s Downstairs Theatre for the month of December, during the run of our final show of the year, the 1970s-inspired whimsical delight Girl Asleep.

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Broadway Rehearsals Begin For STC's THE PRESENT

Broadway Rehearsals Begin For STC's THE PRESENT

The complete original cast have begun rehearsals in New York this week for the Broadway run of Sydney Theatre Company’s THE PRESENT. Previewing on 17 December 2016 the show will open at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) 8 January 2017 and run through to 19 March 2017.

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Explosion of New Work in 2017

Explosion of New Work in 2017

Innovation and creativity are the raw ingredients for the performing arts and next year is shaping up as an exciting time for bold and exciting new works that will provoke, challenge and entertain.

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The Ballet Goes to the Movies

The Ballet Goes to the Movies

The Australian Ballet is delivering a series of ballet productions to cinema audiences for the first time.

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Lloyd Martin Travelling Scholarship

Lloyd Martin Travelling Scholarship

Claire Joachim, Social Media Specialist at the Opera House, is the third winner of the $20,000 scholarship, which was established in 2013 to honour the memory of Lloyd Martin, the Opera House’s longest-serving general manager (1978-97).

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Deadly Circus

Deadly Circus

Circus Oz’ Deadly Elders Circus is a finalist in VicHealth Awards.

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Prestigious New Position for Richard Tognetti

Prestigious New Position for Richard Tognetti

The Australian Chamber Orchestra’s 2017 season is Tognetti's 28th at the helm. But before it begins, he has taken up the position of artist-in-residence at London’s Barbican Centre Milton Court Concert Hall.

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Latest 2017 Season Announcements

Latest 2017 Season Announcements

With free concerts, classic favourites, new works and new collaborations –the greatly anticipated 2017 season launches from West Australian Opera and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra along with Queensland Ballet and Opera Queensland have arrived.

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The School Drama Book

The School Drama Book

Sydney Theatre Company launches The School Drama Book: Drama, Literature and Literacy in the Creative Classroom by Robyn Ewing and John Nicholas Saunders.

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Opera Review

Opera Review

The Federal Government released the Opera Review Final Report on Wednesday 26 October. It includes 118 recommendations that comprehensively consider the artistic vibrancy, programming geographical reach, collaboration across MPA Opera companies and the wider arts, management and governance characteristics of each company as well as the role of the Major Performing Arts Panel (MPAP).

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Is This The Australia We Want?

Is This The Australia We Want?

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.

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Malthouse Women in Theatre

Malthouse Women in Theatre

To build on this success, in 2017 the Female Director in Residence position is reserved for a theatre artist from a Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) or Indigenous background. ​

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Winners of the 2016 CHASS Australia Prizes Announced

Winners of the 2016 CHASS Australia Prizes Announced

Congratulations to Malthouse Theatre’s I Am a Miracle, winner of the 2016 CHASS Australia Prize for Distinctive Work. Other shortlisted entries in this category were Cut the Sky: Five Songs for the Future(Marrugeku) and Am I (Shaun Parker & Company).

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A Youthful Carmen

A Youthful Carmen

Opera Queensland’s Open Stage program creates education and community engagement programs for all ages.

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Australia Council Board Appointments Announced

Australia Council Board Appointments Announced

Sam Walsh AO, Kate Fielding, Zoe McKenzie and Leigh Carmichael have been appointed as new members of the Board for three year terms and current Board member Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin has been announced as Deputy Chair.

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The Ballet Goes to Canberra

The Ballet Goes to Canberra

Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister, has joined the National Portrait Gallery’s collection in a newly-commissioned portrait created by Australian photographer, Peter Brew-Bevan.

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Aria Awards

Aria Awards

The first ARIA Awards for 2016 in the categories of Fine Arts, Artisan and Best Comedy Awards were presented on 5 October.

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A Symphonic First

A Symphonic First

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) has embarked on a three-stage international tour, with performances in Abu Dhabi, Beijing and Shanghai.

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CHASS Australia Prizes

CHASS Australia Prizes

Malthouse Theatre’s production of I Am a Miracle has been nominated for the 2016 CHASS Australia Prize for Distinctive Work, and Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Associate Director Jeffrey Fowler has been nominated for the Prize for a Future Leader.

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ACO - MOVE

ACO - MOVE

Inclusive practice and an internationally unique approach to classical music education and self-expression builds access to The Australian Chamber Orchestra

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​The 2016 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award and Fellowship

​The 2016 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award and Fellowship

Sydney Theatre Company is inviting applications from Australia’s talented playwrights for the 2016 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award and Patrick White Playwrights’ Fellowship. The prizes are designed to benefit both emerging and established writers and have a total prize pool of $32,500.

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Playwright Fellowship

Playwright Fellowship

Belvoir is now seeking applications for the 2016 Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights.

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Unique Residencies for Artists

Unique Residencies for Artists

Malthouse Theatre’s inaugural IN HOUSE Tower Residencies, supported by the Sidney Myer Fund, is a three-year initiative that invites independent artists to the company’s Tower Theatre, providing time and space for dedicated creative development.

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World Ballet Day

World Ballet Day

On October 4, the third annual World Ballet Day LIVE will give dancers and dance lovers across the globe the opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes.

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2016 Australian Dance Awards

2016 Australian Dance Awards

The Awards recognise the significant achievements of Australian artists across a range of dance practices.

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The Rise of the Donor

The Rise of the Donor

AMPAG, with Australia Council support, has conducted its annual sponsorship and philanthropy survey of the major performing arts companies since 2001. These surveys reveal significant changes in private giving activity over this time.

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Sweet Sounds for Travellers

Sweet Sounds for Travellers

Passengers travelling through Brisbane Airport may find themselves serenaded by members of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, which has taken up the baton as the airports next Artist-in-Residence.

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ATF 2017 curator search

ATF 2017 curator search

​Theatre Network Australia is seeking a Curator for the 2017 Australian Theatre Forum, which will be held in the 2017 OzAsia Festival, Adelaide 3-5 October, 2017.

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First European Co-Production for Sydney Dance Company

First European Co-Production for Sydney Dance Company

​Lux Tenebris premiered in Sydney in February and toured nationally to 19 venues across six states and territories. This month the work has its European premiere in Frankfurt with performances from September 8 and then in Dresden from September 29.

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Opera Queensland Board Changes

Opera Queensland Board Changes

Opera Queensland (OperaQ) has announced the retirement of Chair Robert Hubbard after serving as a director of the company for ten years. Dr Sally Pitkin has been appointed to the role of Chair with Professor David Siddle as Deputy Chair.

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Black Swan Through Janet’s Eyes

Black Swan Through Janet’s Eyes

Black Swan State Theatre Company Founding Patron, Janet Holmes à Court reflects on her passion and support for developing the cultural landscape of Western Australia.

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Things I Know To Be True

Things I Know To Be True

After State Theatre Company of South Australia’s (STCSA) critically acclaimed world premiere season of Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know To Be True, the production will have its UK premiere in September.

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Innovation and the Arts

Innovation and the Arts

Australian’s innovation potential cannot be fully realised if the Government’s Innovation and Science Initiative framework fails to incorporate the arts. So what next?

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Seoul Circus

Seoul Circus

Circus Oz recently lead a two week masterclass program at the Seoul Street Arts Creation Centre (SSACC) in South Korea.

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Hospital Orchestra Project

Hospital Orchestra Project

Cassandra Lake, Executive Manager, Community Engagement for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, speaks to AMPAG about their successful Hospital Orchestra Project (HOP).

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Australian Dance Awards

Australian Dance Awards

The shortlisted nominees for the 2016 Australian Dance Awards have been announced.

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The Results Are In

The Results Are In

In 2015 the MPAs increased their nationwide direct reach across three key areas.

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They’re Back in Black!

They’re Back in Black!

The winner of this year’s Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work, Queensland Theatre Company’s Ladies in Black, will tour nationally in early 2017, taking in Sydney and Canberra with encore seasons in Brisbane and Melbourne.

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Meet the New Breed of Australian Dance Creators

Meet the New Breed of Australian Dance Creators

Co-presented by two of Australia’s most dynamic arts organisations – Carriageworks and Sydney Dance Company – with generous support from The Balnaves Foundation, New Breed 2016 will provide Australian choreographers Rachel Arianne Ogle (Perth), Shian Law (Melbourne), Jesse Scales (Hobart) and Richard Cilli (Perth) with an invaluable opportunity to work with Australia’s finest contemporary dancers on the creation of a newly commissioned dance piece.

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Where Are The Asian Australian Directors?

Where Are The Asian Australian Directors?

Recently Performance 4a and Sydney Theatre Company teamed up to address a significant issue - the shortage of trained theatre directors of Asian Australian background.

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Thinking in Terms of Community: The TSO

Thinking in Terms of Community: The TSO

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.

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New Future for Top Music Competitions

New Future for Top Music Competitions

Australia’s most prestigious chamber music competitions are set for an exciting future, backed by a new consortium of leading music organisations and supported by the Victorian Government. The Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and its sister event for the Asia Pacific region, will be delivered by Musica Viva in partnership with the Melbourne Recital Centre (MRC) and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).

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Do You Want To Dance?

Do You Want To Dance?

Applications are now open for Sydney Dance Company's Pre-Professional Year 2017 Auditions.

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NAIDOC Week Awards

NAIDOC Week Awards

​Bangarra's Stephen Page announced as the winner of the 2016 NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Opera Australia in Northern Territory

Opera Australia in Northern Territory

On July 1, Tennant Creek based Barkly Regional Arts worked with the Opera Australia Chamber Orchestra, composer Ian Grandage and local ensemble Rayella to present a free event called Classical Culture in the Barkly. The event was part of Territory Day celebrations which included music, a community dinner and fireworks.

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Health and the Arts

Health and the Arts

Recognising how valuable the arts can be in improving health outcomes as well as promoting health and wellbeing in the wider community, NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, this week released the NSW Health and The Arts Framework.

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Three MPA Script Writers Up For Awards

Three MPA Script Writers Up For Awards

The Western Australian Minister for Culture and the Arts, John Day, has announced the shortlist for the 2016 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards including the category of scripts written for theatre, radio, film or television.

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Opening Minds Through Music

Opening Minds Through Music

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) partners with Richard Gill to create free teacher online resources to introduce music to young people.

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NIDA announces Kate Cherry as Director/CEO

NIDA announces Kate Cherry as Director/CEO

Kate Cherry, Artistic Director of Black Swan State Theatre Company will step into the role of Director and Chief Executive Officer for the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA)from November 2016.

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The Australian Ballet in London

The Australian Ballet in London

The Australian Ballet embarks on its tour to London, where it will perform at the Coliseum, the West End's largest theatre, over a two-week season, from 13 to 23 July 2016.

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AMPAG congratulates Stephen Page

AMPAG congratulates Stephen Page

It was announced that Stephen Page, Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre, will be the recipient of the 2016 JC Williamson Award.

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Meng Ningning Retires From Stage

Meng Ningning Retires From Stage

After a career spanning two decades, Queensland Ballet Principal Dancer Meng Ningning has announced that she has officially retired from the stage to pursue studies in teaching ballet.

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NSW Invests in Cultural Sector

NSW Invests in Cultural Sector

Arts and Culture in NSW has been given a major boost in the State Budget with key infrastructure being funded and continuing support for local organisations.

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A Star is Born at the Ballet

A Star is Born at the Ballet

The Australian Ballet’s Robyn Hendricks is promoted to principal artist – the Company’s highest rank.

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The 2016 Helpmann Award Nominees Revealed

The 2016 Helpmann Award Nominees Revealed

On Monday 20 June, events announcing 2016 Helpman nominees were held simultaneously in Sydney (6pm), Melbourne (6pm), Brisbane (6pm), Adelaide (5.30pm) and Perth (4pm).

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There Will be Laughter and Tears

There Will be Laughter and Tears

Circus Oz is collaborating with Victorian Opera to present Laughter and Tears – an unusual mix of circus and singing.

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Arts Policy Report Card

Arts Policy Report Card

Live Performance Australia releases assessment of the major parties’ policy positions.

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Increased investment in Queensland’s arts sector

Increased investment in Queensland’s arts sector

Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk in releasing the State’s budget announced an additional $41.8 million investment in Queensland’s arts sector over the next four years to generate regional arts activity and cultural tourism opportunities.

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Major Parties Arts Debate

Major Parties Arts Debate

There was significant interest in Wednesday’s National Arts Election Debate at the Wheeler Centre Melbourne between Arts Minister Senator Mitch Fifield, Shadow Arts Minister Mark Dreyfus and Greens Arts Spokesperson, Adam Bandt. Following the recent launches of The Greens’ arts policy and Labor’s arts policy it was hoped that Minister Fifield would release a Coalition arts policy.

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Australian Major Performing Arts Group AGM

Australian Major Performing Arts Group AGM

AMPAG Members at the AGM held on 31 May considered the impact of recent Australia Council grant announcements, the Live Performance Australia (LPA) analysis of funding changes on small to medium arts companies, and other reports arising from discussions in the sector.

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Arts boards- John Irving

Arts boards- John Irving

John Irving, Chair of the AMPAG shares his views on the role and challenges of being a director on an arts board in Australia.

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State Theatre Company of South Australia announces 2017 Resident Artist

State Theatre Company of South Australia announces 2017 Resident Artist

The State Theatre Company of South Australia has appointed Elena Carapetis as incoming Resident Artist in 2017. Elena Carapetis will take over the reins from the Company’s existing Resident Director Nescha Jelk who will complete her second and final contract with the Company at the end of 2016.

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Ilana Atlas- a board view

Ilana Atlas- a board view

Chair Ilana Atlas of the Bell Shakespeare Company on the challenges of NFP boards and what's needed from its directors.

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​Clarity, reliability and certainty are fundamental to maximise Arts sector outcomes.

​Clarity, reliability and certainty are fundamental to maximise Arts sector outcomes.

On Friday, the Australia Council announced the much anticipated results of its four year operational funding program valued at $28m per annum, just a week on from the Ministry of the Arts soft release of further $12m to Catalyst recipients and three days on from the Australia Council’s latest round of project grants valued at $11.2m.

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CAST calls on Federal government to reinstate Australia Council funds

CAST calls on Federal government to reinstate Australia Council funds

The Confederation of Australian State Theatre Companies (CAST) calls on the Federal government to formally review its budget cuts to the Australia Council after today’s announcement that 62 arts organisations will be defunded after failing to secure key organisation core funding.

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David Page

David Page

​Australia loses one of its most senior cultural leaders.

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2016 Federal Budget

2016 Federal Budget

May 3 Federal Budget failed to address ongoing concerns of the arts sector

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MSO takes audiences on a musical adventure

MSO takes audiences on a musical adventure

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra held its sixth annual Education Week – a mini festival of music making activities for the young, and young at heart – at Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall.

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Circus Oz wins leading contemporary circus award

Circus Oz wins leading contemporary circus award

At the inaugural Australian Circus Awards on Monday 18 April, Circus Oz Board Chair Wendy McCarthy, with fellow Board Members Jody Broun and Nick Yates, collected the Leading Contemporary Circus award on behalf of Circus Oz.

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The Australian Ballet announces London tour

The Australian Ballet announces London tour

The Australian Ballet has confirmed its next international tour will be to London, in July. Under the artistic helm of David McAllister, the Company will perform two of its signature works; a return season of Graeme Murphy’s highly acclaimed Swan Lake and first time London season of Alexei Ratmasnky’s Cinderella.

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Sydney Dance Company International Tour

Sydney Dance Company International Tour

The Sydney Dance Company presented its triple billI Interplay at the prestigious Steps Festival in Switzerland, the country’s largest contemporary dance biennale, showcasing a selection of the world’s premier international dance companies.

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Dance awards nominations long list released

Dance awards nominations long list released

The long list of nominations for the Australian Dance Awards was released in early April with major performing arts companies featuring in several of the categories.

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All the world’s a stage

All the world’s a stage

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare and several of the major performing arts companies are noting the fact, with performances, workshops, talks and international tours.

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Ever wanted to sit with the orchestra?

Ever wanted to sit with the orchestra?

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has announced the launch of a section of their Classics Unwrapped Virtual Reality Concert online via YouTube and Facebook 360.

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SSO flies to Guangzhou in May

SSO flies to Guangzhou in May

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra will fly to Guangzhou to perform a concert on 30 May marking the start of four days of festivities celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the sister-city relationship between Sydney and Guangzhou.

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Students get real time experience in Hanoi

Students get real time experience in Hanoi

In a first for students at the Sydney Conservatorium, 13 young musicians in the Opera Australia/Sydney Conservatorium Internship Program travelled to Vietnam in early April to perform Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohéme as part of the Hennessy Music Series.

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Belvoir appoints two new artists

Belvoir appoints two new artists

Belvoir has announced two recent additions to its Artistic and Programming department—Associate Artist and Artistic Associate.

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ASO boosts SA–Shandong connection

ASO boosts SA–Shandong connection

Musicians from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will travel to South Australia’s sister state of Shandong Province in China in April as part of the South Australia–Shandong 30th Year Anniversary Mission.

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Arts leadership program opens

Arts leadership program opens

The Australia Council has launched its new arts leadership development program, open to people working in all art forms and at various levels of experience.

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Cloudstreet piques interest around the country

Cloudstreet piques interest around the country

Four years in the making, Cloudstreet! is likely to break through its box office targets, with opening and closing nights sold out and interstate interest mounting in this quintessentially Australian story.

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The Australian Ballet—daring to be different

The Australian Ballet—daring to be different

The Australian Ballet is set to take Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella and Graeme Murphy’s highly acclaimed Swan Lake to the UK, performing at the Coliseum, the West End’s largest theatre, in July this year.

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BBC Proms launches with MSO and QSO

BBC Proms launches with MSO and QSO

For the first time in its 120 years, the BBC Proms are expanding outside the UK, with four concerts scheduled in Melbourne from 13–16 April, featuring the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

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Multiple awards for Malthouse and Opera Australia

Multiple awards for Malthouse and Opera Australia

The 33rd Green Room Awards for 2015 performing arts productions in Melbourne were presented last month with Malthouse, Opera Australia, Sydney Dance Company, Melbourne Theatre Company and Belvoir all taking home awards.

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A seamless transition from study to stage

A seamless transition from study to stage

In a bid to make the student-to-stage transition easier for both artists and company, Black Swan State Theatre Company has formalised its support of emerging graduates through the new Bridging Company.

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MSO heads to China in April

MSO heads to China in April

​In April 2016 the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will collaborate with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, China’s oldest and most prestigious orchestra, in a ground-breaking residency in Shanghai where both orchestras will perform together under the direction of Sir Andrew Davis.

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New website for not-for-profits

New website for not-for-profits

Not-for-profit Law—a service run by Justice Connect—has launched a new online information hub for Australian not-for-profits. The Hub contains free resources, answering charities’ legal questions and helping them with their daily management.

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WA Ballet seizes the moment in Albany

WA Ballet seizes the moment in Albany

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.

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Govt chips in $1m for Bell’s new home

Govt chips in $1m for Bell’s new home

The Federal Government has announced a $1 million contribution to the Bell Shakespeare capital campaign, which will help the company secure a permanent home at Sydney’s Pier 2/3.

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Magid appointed Chair of Tessitura

Magid appointed Chair of Tessitura

Congratulations to Bangarra Dance Theatre's Executive Director Philippe Magid who has been announced as Board Chair of the international Tessitura Network.

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SSO celebrates David Bowie

SSO celebrates David Bowie

​The Sydney Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the musical legacy of legendary British singer-songwriter David Bowie with Australian music industry icons at the Sydney Opera House in two concerts conducted by Benjamin Northey, Associate Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

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Music program to address gender imbalance

Music program to address gender imbalance

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music will launch the first national women composers development program this month to address the gender imbalance in music composition in Australia.

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QTC the big winner at the 2015 Matildas

QTC the big winner at the 2015 Matildas

Queensland Theatre Company was the big winner in this year’s Matilda awards, winning Best mainstage production, Lord Mayor's Award for Best new Australian work and Best male actor in a leading role (Dash Kruck) with Matthew Ryan’s play Brisbane, a 2015 world premiere drawing on true stories from the leafy streets of Brisbane set in the middle of World War II.

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Opera Q’s Cinderella travels to Germany

Opera Q’s Cinderella travels to Germany

Opera Queensland has taken its co-production with New Zealand Opera of La Cenerentola (Cinderella) to Germany for six performances in Leipzig this month, opening on 19 March.

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International opera awards shortlisted

International opera awards shortlisted

The shortlist for the 2016 International Opera Awards has been announced, selected by the jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph (UK).

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Balnaves award open for entries

Balnaves award open for entries

Belvoir is accepting entries for the Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award, which is open to all writers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

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Opera hooks into cinema market overseas

Opera hooks into cinema market overseas

As Opera Australia prepares to open its fifth Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour with Turandot on 24 March, it is also busy finalising its event cinema deals around the world.

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Performing arts is reimagined in Australia

Performing arts is reimagined in Australia

The International Society for the Performing Arts Congress will be held in Melbourne from 30 May – 4 June 2016, the first time in 15 years that Australia has hosted the event.

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Orchestras hook up with the Hoods

Orchestras hook up with the Hoods

Aussie hip-hop artists, the Hilltop Hoods, have just released their latest album, Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under The Stars, recorded with the help of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

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Hocus pocus it’s no jokus

Hocus pocus it’s no jokus

Don’t sing so loud / Give me a break / Just let me sleep! So sings Hansel in Opera Australia’s schools production of Hansel and Gretel, launched in February at Marrickville West Primary School in Sydney’s inner west.

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$1 million gift will help to employ more creatives

$1 million gift will help to employ more creatives

Melbourne Theatre Company’s new endowment fund, launched with the largest single donation from a private donor in the company’s history, will be used to secure a strong, sustainable and artistically vibrant future for MTC.

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Bangarra welcomes two new dancers

Bangarra welcomes two new dancers

Bangarra Dance Theatre has taken on two new young Aboriginal dancers, thanks to the generosity of a group of philanthropists and matched funding from Creative Partnerships Australia’s Plus1 initiative.

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What’s in the Art of Fundraising?

What’s in the Art of Fundraising?

Culture Business—an international conference that connects businesses and the art world—takes place in Sydney at the Museum of Contemporary Art on 22–23 March.

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Documentary to forge new bonds with China

Documentary to forge new bonds with China

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra has signed an historic agreement with film producer Alan Lindsay, to produce a documentary of the orchestra’s cross-cultural project with China.

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What shapes the arts today?

What shapes the arts today?

The Sydney Opera House has launched the second series of its talks program, Culture Club, featuring conversations about the forces shaping the arts today. The program includes senior artistic staff from Sydney arts organisations, including several major companies.

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AMPAG calls for more government support to tour

AMPAG calls for more government support to tour

The Australian Major Performing Arts Group has called for more support for performing arts companies to tour regional Australia in its submission to the parliamentary Inquiry into broadcasting, online content and live production to rural and regional Australia.

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Two $15,000 Indigenous scholarships on offer at MTC

Two $15,000 Indigenous scholarships on offer at MTC

Melbourne Theatre Company, in partnership with the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, is offering two $15,000 scholarships to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from Victoria.

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Bangarra and OzHarvest forge new partnership

Bangarra and OzHarvest forge new partnership

Bangarra Dance Theatre and OzHarvest have embarked on a new healthy eating partnership, which was launched in Yirrkala in North East Arnhem Land, during Bangarra’s return to Country visit last week.

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Opera Q opens auditions for Project Rossini

Opera Q opens auditions for Project Rossini

Opera Queensland has announced audition dates Project Rossini, its community program which will teach more than 250 Queenslanders to sing opera and dance the fandango for a new touring production of Gioacchino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

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Dollar for dollar is a great incentive

Dollar for dollar is a great incentive

When the government promises to match donations from philanthropists dollar for dollar, it provides ‘a significant incentive to donors’, says Creative Partnerships Australia CEO Fiona Menzies.

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MSO celebrates the Lunar New Year

MSO celebrates the Lunar New Year

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will once again hold its Chinese New Year concert, this year falling on Valentine’s Day—14 February.

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THE PRESENT on Broadway

THE PRESENT on Broadway

Sydney Theatre Company’s The Present, Andrew Upton’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s first play, Platonov, will be presented on Broadway in the early Winter of 2016.

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For whom the Australia Day gongs ring

For whom the Australia Day gongs ring

Craig Hassall, Chief Executive of Opera Australia, joins Tina Arena, Mike Walsh and others, in being awarded an AM (Member in the General Division) in the 2016 Australia Day Honours list.

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Sophie Galaise to join the MSO

Sophie Galaise to join the MSO

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has appointed Sophie Galaise as its new Managing Director after an extensive global search.

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​Sydney Theatre award nominations announced

​Sydney Theatre award nominations announced

The nominations for the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards, announced today, have selected two major theatre companies (with five plays between them) as nominees for best mainstage production. They are three Sydney Theatre Company productions: Endgame, The Present and Suddenly Last Summer; and two from Belvoir: Ivanov and The Wizard of Oz.

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Youth Theatre and Circus

Youth Theatre and Circus

MPA theatre and circus companies recognise the value and fragility of the youth theatre and circus sector.

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A grand jete for Queensland Ballet's coffers

A grand jete for Queensland Ballet's coffers

The Queensland Government is providing an extra $1.2 million a year from 2016 to Queensland Ballet, which will allow the company to add eight additional dancers by 2020.

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Who wants to hold a performing arts market?

Who wants to hold a performing arts market?

PATA (Performing Arts Touring Alliance) has called for expressions of interest from potential managers and hosts to hold a national performing arts market that meets the needs of the changing performing arts environment.

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WAB Chief Executive Steven Roth steps down

WAB Chief Executive Steven Roth steps down

After nine years with the company, West Australian Ballet Chief Executive, Steven Roth, will step down in February 2016 to take a position as Executive Director of the Scottish National Ballet.

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Two cultural bodies announce merger

Two cultural bodies announce merger

Creating Australia and the Cultural Development Network announced this week that they would merge, to be completed by late January 2016.

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New ACNC data paints a picture of the arts sector

New ACNC data paints a picture of the arts sector

A report released recently by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission shows that the number of charities describing their main activity as ‘culture and arts’ fell in 2014 compared to 2013—from 1644 to 1512.

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Finding the perfect gift

Finding the perfect gift

From delicate Christmas tree decorations to brilliant CDs to funky t-shirts and dance wear, many of the major performing arts companies are selling merchandise online in time for Christmas.

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Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra brings music to prison inmates

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra brings music to prison inmates

As part of its Outreach Program, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra performed at Ron Barwick Minimum Security Prison, Risdon Vale, in early December, as part of its plan to make the orchestra accessible to all parts of the community.

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Belvoir names two Philip Parsons Award winners

Belvoir names two Philip Parsons Award winners

Belvoir announced the recipients of the NSW Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights—Nakkiah Lui and S. Shakthidharan—the first time two people have been awarded the fellowship at the same time.

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Mimi Crowe joins State Theatre Co SA

Mimi Crowe joins State Theatre Co SA

Mimi Crowe, arts manager with a diverse background in design, the public sector, youth arts and visual arts here and overseas, joins the State Theatre Company of South Australia’s executive team in the role of Head of Development and Strategy.

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New arts management books out for Xmas

New arts management books out for Xmas

Two new books out in time for Christmas—The A to Z of Arts Management and Philanthropy and the Arts—examine the best ways to do business in the performing arts.

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The Tribe goes local

The Tribe goes local

Belvoir will decide in the next week or so in which three Surry Hills backyards it will stage The Tribe, which runs from 19 January to 7 February next year.

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Catalyst open for applications

Catalyst open for applications

Catalyst, the Australian Government's new funding program for the arts, opened on Friday 27 November for applications.

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Shows Leadership In Indonesia

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Shows Leadership In Indonesia

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has taken a major step towards performing at an historic 9th century temple in Indonesia, after the signing of an agreement between the Yogyakarta Special Region and the Australia-Indonesia Centre.

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Winton novels get an operatic workout next year

Winton novels get an operatic workout next year

West Australian Opera and State Opera of South Australia have both recently launched their 2016 seasons, and both feature operatic adaptations of Tim Winton novels: Cloudstreet by State Opera of South Australia and The Riders by West Australian Opera.

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Asia-Pacific Performing Arts Triennial for Melbourne

Asia-Pacific Performing Arts Triennial for Melbourne

The 2017 Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts, announced recently by Victorian Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley, will feature several major performing arts companies, including The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre.

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SSO goes live with Google

SSO goes live with Google

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has become the first orchestra in the Asia-Pacific to join Classical Live, a digital initiative by Google Play Music making the best current concert recordings from the world’s leading orchestras available to listeners around the globe.

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Opera Queensland launches Project Rossini

Opera Queensland launches Project Rossini

Opera Queensland’s ground-breaking community initiative returns in 2016 as ‘Project Rossini’ when more than 250 Queenslanders will learn to sing opera and dance the fandango for a new touring production of Gioacchino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

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Circus Oz's BLAKflip takes flight

Circus Oz's BLAKflip takes flight

Circus Oz recently launched the fifth BLAKflip masterclass program at its Collingwood home base, focusing on creating pathways for the professional development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in the circus arts.

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New Breed takes to the stage in Germany

New Breed takes to the stage in Germany

Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks have announced that the four works in their New Breed 2015 program, showcasing Australia’s up and coming choreographers, will make their debut on the international stage.

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Shaken, not stirred

Shaken, not stirred

When the new blockbuster James Bond film, Spectre, screens, the audiences will hear something 'home-grown' in the soundtrack. The film uses a track from an all-Vivaldi album made in Sydney in 2000 by German superstar countertenor Andreas Scholl and the five-time ARIA Award winning Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, conducted by Paul Dyer, the orchestra's Artistic Director.

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Malthouse embraces Chinese collaboration

Malthouse embraces Chinese collaboration

Malthouse Theatre is continuing its collaborations with Chinese theatre makers, this time, with Wang Chong, founder and Artistic Director of Beijing-based performance group Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental—a leading force of Chinese experimental theatre, established in 2008.

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Pinocchio picks up a CHASS Australia Prize

Pinocchio picks up a CHASS Australia Prize

The State Theatre Company of South Australia and Windmill Theatre have won a CHASS Australia Prize for their multi award-­winning co-­production Pinocchio, in the category of Distinctive Work for a Performance.

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MOFO, a festival of interactive mayhem

MOFO, a festival of interactive mayhem

MOFO—Mona’s Festival of Music and Art—has released its program for 2016, its eighth year, running from 13–18 January. It’s a week-long feast of performers from every corner of the world, from Ethiopia to Norway—and includes works from two of Australia’s major performing arts companies.

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MTC study shows $3.7m benefit from one production alone

MTC study shows $3.7m benefit from one production alone

Melbourne Theatre Company, which over its past 62 years has presented more than 750 mainstage productions, has always known it has contributed a sizeable economic benefit to the city of Melbourne, drawing audiences from a large catchpool, but recently decided to measure it.

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The majors announce their 2016 seasons

The majors announce their 2016 seasons

New Australian work and re-imagined classics are celebrated in the majors' 2016 seasons. In early September we featured the first round of 2016 season launches from many of our companies. Since then, more fabulous seasons have been announced.

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National Opera Review—paper released

National Opera Review—paper released

The National Opera Review, commissioned by the Federal Government in September 2014, has released a discussion paper for public consultation. Submissions must be received by close of business 30 November 2015.

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Arts ministers discuss new opportunities

Arts ministers discuss new opportunities

A meeting of Arts and Cultural Ministers, federal and state, which was held in Mildura on the 2 October 2015, discussed many of the critical issues currently affecting Australia's arts landscape.

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It's Patrick White time at the STC

It's Patrick White time at the STC

Sydney Theatre Company is inviting applications for the 2015 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award and Patrick White Playwrights’ Fellowship. The prizes are aimed at both emerging and established writers and have a total prize pool of $32,500.

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QSO's Sophie Galaise—a woman of influence

QSO's Sophie Galaise—a woman of influence

CEO of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Sophie Galaise, has been announced as a winner in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2015. She has been recognised in the Culture category.

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Sam Strong takes on QTC

Sam Strong takes on QTC

Sam Strong, announced this month as Queensland Theatre Company’s new Artistic Director, has a big ambition for the company.

‘I'm looking forward to teaming up with Queensland artists to take our theatre around the state, around the nation and around the world,’ he said.

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Total live performance sector worth $1.5 billion

Total live performance sector worth $1.5 billion

Live Performance Australia's Ticket Attendance and Revenue Survey results for 2014 shows total sector revenue is valued at $1.51 billion.

Total MPA revenue in 2014 was $509,495,109—that is, about 34 per cent of total sector revenue.

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Are the concert hall and the boardroom worlds apart?

Are the concert hall and the boardroom worlds apart?

Managing Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Rory Jeffes thinks not. At a Currency House breakfast last month, Mr Jeffes said building individual confidence and a collaborative workplace contribute equally to success on both the concert stage and the boardroom.

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Out from Under—taking the stigma out of mental health

Out from Under—taking the stigma out of mental health

Out from Under, an event aimed at removing the stigma surrounding mental health within the entertainment industry, will feature dozens of artists and presenters, as well as a performance by The Australian Ballet choreographed by company member Alice Topp.

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Concert for Life tackles suicide prevention

Concert for Life tackles suicide prevention

​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.

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Private sector support for the arts continues to grow

Private sector support for the arts continues to grow

Revenue from private giving, corporate sponsorship and fundraising events in the major performing arts sector continued to grow in 2014, increasing by 9.7 per cent to $78.6 million from $71.7 million in 2013.

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Foxtel joins QSO as broadcast partner

Foxtel joins QSO as broadcast partner

Queensland Symphony Orchestra has joined Foxtel Arts as its 2016 season broadcast partner—and is the first Australian orchestra to partner with Foxtel.

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Majors tour to China and Asia-Pacific region

Majors tour to China and Asia-Pacific region

Many of Australia’s major performing arts companies will travel to Asia this year and next, collaborating with companies, schools and academies in China, South Korea and New Zealand.

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What’s the drum at MSO?

What’s the drum at MSO?

It’s all about the drum at Melbourne Symphony Orchestra—from budding percussionists competing for locally crafted snare drums to an MSO performance on dangling cymbals at the National Gallery of Victoria.

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Robyn Archer reappointed to Australia Council

Robyn Archer reappointed to Australia Council

The Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis, has announced the reappointment for 12 months of Robyn Archer AO as Deputy Chair of the Australia Council Board.

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Aida gets cinema release

Aida gets cinema release

Opera Australia’s production of Aida on Sydney Harbour will have a cinema release from 29 August around the country, for up to three nights.

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WASO and Smith take out Performance of the Year award

WASO and Smith take out Performance of the Year award

The 2015 Art Music Awards announced last week—and soloist Ashley William Smith and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Baldur Brönnimann, took out the Performance of the Year award for their exceptional performance of Lachlan Skipworth's Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra.

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Young playwrights, get busy

Young playwrights, get busy

Belvoir is now seeking applications for the 2015 Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights, which is given to an early career playwright with 'a strong and unique theatrical voice'.

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Meeting the New Breed

Meeting the New Breed

Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks today announced the four up and coming Australian choreographers commissioned to create new works as part of their New Breed initiative.

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La Sylphide seduces London

La Sylphide seduces London

Queensland Ballet wowed UK audiences last week at the Coliseum Theatre with its production of La Sylphide.

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Young WA conductor takes wing to the US

Young WA conductor takes wing to the US

Christopher Dragon, West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Conductor, has just been appointed associate conductor with the Colorado Symphony—and makes his official debut tomorrow when he will conduct a Boston Pops Tribute as part of its Summer Stage Concert Series.

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Chance of a lifetime for dancers at SDC

Chance of a lifetime for dancers at SDC

Applications are now open for Sydney Dance Company’s pre-professional training for 2016. It is open to Australian and New Zealand dancers aged 18 or older, and those who are turning 18 in 2016.

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Helpmanns celebrate 15 years of awards

Helpmanns celebrate 15 years of awards

This year's Helpmann Awards celebrated some standout performances of Australian arts, reflecting the trend in live performance towards collaborations and co-productions.

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Black Swan takes theatre to the regions

Black Swan takes theatre to the regions

Being a state theatre company is not just about playing the mainstage in the capital city. Black Swan State Theatre Company takes its role as the glue in the Western Australian arts community very seriously.

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Become part of the orchestral experience

Become part of the orchestral experience

This week people in Adelaide will be able to experience what it’s like to be on stage with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra during a concert performance.

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Collecting and using big data

Collecting and using big data

In a program that ranges from the arts, to data sets, to medical research, to the nature of scholarships, the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences has launched its annual conference, scheduled for mid October.

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MSO's managing director heads to the US

MSO's managing director heads to the US

The Managing Director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2012, André Gremillet, has been appointed Executive Director-designate of The Cleveland Orchestra, in Ohio, United States. He takes up this position in the coming months.

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Lally makes the journey from Belvoir to big screen

Lally makes the journey from Belvoir to big screen

Lally Katz will make her screen debut at the Melbourne International Film Festival and on ABC Television as her successful one woman stage show Stories I Want to Tell You in Person, commissioned by Belvoir, is adapted for the screen this August.

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WA Symphony Orchestra appoints new concertmaster

WA Symphony Orchestra appoints new concertmaster

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of Laurence Jackson as its new concertmaster. Laurence, who will begin his tenure in January 2016, comes from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra where he has spent the last ten years as concertmaster.

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Baroque meets circus in new collaboration

Baroque meets circus in new collaboration

​The combination of Baroque music played on period instruments and live circus may seem unlikely, but that is indeed what is happening later this month, with a collaboration between the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and circus company Circa.

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Rehearse and play with the QSO

Rehearse and play with the QSO

If you have ever wanted to perform with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under a world-class conductor, then your wish may well be granted.

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Young WA composers reach orchestral heights

Young WA composers reach orchestral heights

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra understands the importance of supporting and mentoring the next generation of young artists. Its Young & Emerging Artists Program nurtures aspiring performers through unique training opportunities.

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Opera gets soapy for TV

Opera gets soapy for TV

Filming commences this month on The Divorce—an opera written specifically for the screen, rethinking the operatic art form for a contemporary film and television audience.

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OperaQ launches $25 tickets

OperaQ launches $25 tickets

Opera Queensland has launched the second half of its 2015 season, kicking off with Candide for which it has released 1200 tickets for $25.

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Nominees for Helpmann Awards announced

Nominees for Helpmann Awards announced

Nominations for the Helpmann Awards were presented this month, with award winners to be announced on 27 July at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney.

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Top women conductors announced

Top women conductors announced

Limelight magazine has announced its ten best women conductors worldwide—a list that includes the Australian Ballet’s Music Director and Chief Conductor, Nicolette Fraillon.

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NSW Govt backs Walsh Bay arts precinct

NSW Govt backs Walsh Bay arts precinct

The NSW Government’s Budget for 2015–16, announced this week, has allocated $11 million over two years for planning and design of the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct.

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​MTC posts a surplus

​MTC posts a surplus

Melbourne Theatre Company released its 2014 results today, showing it generated $21.9 million revenue—68.3% ticket sales, 9.8% government grants, and other revenue.

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Federal Budget

Federal Budget

There is a significant concern in the arts sector that the shift in funding from the Australia Council’s grant program to the National Programme for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA) will reduce the overall level of funds available to nurture and develop artistic vibrancy and opportunities for emerging artists in the small medium and independent sector.

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Senate Enquiry announced

Senate Enquiry announced

Labor and the Greens motion for an enquiry into the creation of the National Programme for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA) was passed on Tuesday 16 June.

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​London loves Godot

​London loves Godot

Sydney Theatre Company’s Waiting For Godot has opened in London to great acclaim.

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New Chair appointed to West Australian Ballet

New Chair appointed to West Australian Ballet

The appointment of Dr Robert Edwardes to the Chair of West Australian Ballet heralds another new chapter for the company, as it embarks on an exciting five year strategic plan.

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Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Beijing

Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Beijing

​The SSO represented Australia at Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts' (NCPA) annual May festival of chamber music.

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QTC Artistic Director goes to Sydney

QTC Artistic Director goes to Sydney

Wesley Enoch, a leading voice for theatre, the arts and particularly Indigenous arts in Australia and current artistic director of Queensland Theatre Company (QTC) has been appointed Sydney Festival director 2017-19.

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Respect, Recognition and Reconciliation

Respect, Recognition and Reconciliation

Queensland Theatre Company (QTC) and Sibelco Australia received the 2015 Premier’s Reconciliation Award at a ceremony in Brisbane during National Reconciliation Week.

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WASO Open day and more

WASO Open day and more

In a first for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Education Week will inspire, delight, inform and challenge audiences and participants across a broad range of musical performances.

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We all have so much to say

We all have so much to say

Actor and writer Katie Beckett (Kill the Messenger, Coranderrk) has been announced as the winner of The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award 2015

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Arts Precinct -green lit

Arts Precinct -green lit

The NSW Government has set aside an unprecedented $139 million for a world-class arts and cultural precinct at Walsh Bay -Sydney.

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SSO appoints new chair

SSO appoints new chair

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has announced Terrey Arcus AM as the new Chair of its Board, succeeding John Conde AO who has held the position since 2007.

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WASO blows its own trumpet in new commission

WASO blows its own trumpet in new commission

In a multicultural exercise that brought together disparate strands from across the globe, Australian patrons commissioned a trumpet concerto from British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage that was performed last week at a world premiere by renowned Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

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The Lowys love of music shines through

The Lowys love of music shines through

Westfield founder Frank Lowy and his wife Shirley have very publicly and generously demonstrated their love of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra by becoming the inaugural private supporters of the position of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, a position currently held by Maestro David Robertson.

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ACO heads home after wowing the US

ACO heads home after wowing the US

The Australian Chamber Orchestra finishes its US tour with some impressive statistics: 9 concerts, 1 private performance, 22 towns and cities in 12 states, 15 flights and 30 buses, all in 21 nights away.

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Put your hand up for an Australia Prize

Put your hand up for an Australia Prize

CHASS is calling for nominations for its Australia Prizes by the end of May. In 2015 there are four prizes—for a ‘distinctive work, a non-fiction book, a leadership skills and for a student essay, exhibition, performance, project or thesis.

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Dance awards nominations released

Dance awards nominations released

​In the long list of companies and dancers recently nominated for an Australian Dance Award, the major companies are very well represented, with The Australian Ballet collecting 12 nominations, Sydney Dance Company 10, Bangarra and West Australian Ballet both with 7 and Queensland Ballet 4.

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Co-pros the go at the Green Room Awards

Co-pros the go at the Green Room Awards

Co-productions were major winners at this year’s Green Room Awards in Melbourne, announced this week, with Melbourne Theatre Company, Opera Australia and Malthouse all picking up gongs for joint endeavours.

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MTC announces Indigenous scholarship winners

MTC announces Indigenous scholarship winners

Melbourne Theatre Company has announced the recipients of its inaugural Indigenous Scholarship Program, offered as part of the company’s Sharing the Light initiative.

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Gallipoli hits the arts headlines

Gallipoli hits the arts headlines

Gallipoli continues to hit the arts headlines, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra being the latest major performing arts company to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landings.

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Shortlisted playwrights hold their collective breath

Shortlisted playwrights hold their collective breath

Sydney Theatre Company has released the judges’ shortlist of five plays in the running for the 2014 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award which will be announced with a rehearsed reading of the winning play at The Wharf on Friday 22 May 2015 at 8 pm.

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Arts fellowships up for grabs

Arts fellowships up for grabs

The National Library of Australia opened a new round of Creative Arts Fellowships today, to help creative practitioners, artists and writers develop new work using—or inspired by—the library’s rich collections.

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Musica Viva celebrates gender equity

Musica Viva celebrates gender equity

Musica Viva celebrates its 70th anniversary this year—and at the final concert of the 2015 Musica Viva Festival last week, Artistic Director Carl Vine announced the Hildegard Project, a new program that will commission and champion the works of female composers.

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SSO strengthens ties to China

SSO strengthens ties to China

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra signed an MOU on 17 March with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Orchestra Academy, to provide mentoring and performance opportunities to Chinese students in Shanghai and Sydney.

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Ballet takes to the catwalk

Ballet takes to the catwalk

Last Sunday at Carriageworks in Sydney, dancers from The Australian Ballet performed at the opening of the 20th anniversary of Australian Fashion Week.

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Toby takes up the SSO baton

Toby takes up the SSO baton

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has appointed 26-year-old Toby Thatcher as Assistant Conductor, a position that provides a vital link for emerging conductors who are transitioning from academic training to professional careers.

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Nicholas Carter takes up the baton in Adelaide

Nicholas Carter takes up the baton in Adelaide

Young Australia conductor, Nicholas Carter, has been appointed as Principal Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra from 2016—the first Australian to lead an Australian symphony orchestra in almost 30 years.

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Queensland Ballet goes OS

Queensland Ballet goes OS

This month is a busy international time for dancers from the Queensland Ballet, with their sights set on the US and China.

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Sydney Dance Co to open German festival

Sydney Dance Co to open German festival

Sydney Dance Company, supported by Arts NSW, has been invited to perform this year at one of Germany’s biggest cultural events, Movimentos Festival.

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Bangarra's 25th year a good one

Bangarra's 25th year a good one

Bangarra’s audience numbers grew by 34 per cent last year, across 102 shows around Australia and internationally, its 2014 annual report shows.

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Changes ahead at Malthouse

Changes ahead at Malthouse

Michael Kantor, renowned theatre director, has been appointed to Malthouse Theatre’s Board of Directors.

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Circus Oz to get a new AD

Circus Oz to get a new AD

Mike Finch, the Artistic Director of Circus Oz, will step down in June after 17 years at the helm.

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Partnership between WA and China hits a high note

Partnership between WA and China hits a high note

A new partnership between the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO), China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) and Australia China Business Council (Western Australia) was launched in Perth yesterday.

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ABO scoops up a Sidney Myer award

ABO scoops up a Sidney Myer award

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra was announced last night as a winner of one of the three Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards.

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Strong women get busy for IWD

Strong women get busy for IWD

Today Circus Oz is partnering with Women in Focus to deliver an International Women's Day event like no other at The Melba Spiegeltent.

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Gloria gets the Matilda

Gloria gets the Matilda

Queensland Theatre Company’s Gloria took out the top prize for Best Mainstage Production at the Matilda Awards in Brisbane this week.

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Arts a major boost to tourism

Arts a major boost to tourism

Australia’s arts events and activities have been found to be more popular with international tourists than our sporting activities, with 38 per cent of overseas visitors to Australia in 2013 doing at least one arts activity during their stay, as opposed to 6 per cent attending an organised sporting fixture.

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NSW arts policy brings all players together

NSW arts policy brings all players together

Last week the NSW Government launched Create in NSW: The NSW Arts & Cultural Policy Framework, its 10-year policy that focuses on increased access for audiences, organisational strength and performance excellence.

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Madeleine Eastoe goes out on a high

Madeleine Eastoe goes out on a high

Madeleine Eastoe, one of The Australian Ballet’s most revered ballerinas and Principal Artist, has announced she will hang up her pointe shoes in the middle of this year.

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Dance has major benefits for those with Parkinson's

Dance has major benefits for those with Parkinson's

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.

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QSO brings Baroque and beatbox together

QSO brings Baroque and beatbox together

Queensland Symphony Orchestra will feature beatboxer Tom Thum, jazz trio Trichotomy, and Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra, among others, at its QSOCurrent performances on 15 and 16 May.

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SSO Fellows announced

SSO Fellows announced

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra announced its 2015 fellows, almost doubling the intake on last year.

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Nominations for the 2015 Australia Prizes are now open.

Nominations for the 2015 Australia Prizes are now open.

The CHASS Australia Prizes honour distinguished achievements by Australians working, studying or training in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) areas, including academics, practitioners, philanthropists, policy makers and students.

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