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TSO’s Path-Leading Educational Program

TSO’s Path-Leading Educational Program

Small but nimble: that is how one could describe the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, not only in its performances but also in its particularly well developed educational program.

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​Circus Oz 2018 Drover Awards Winner

​Circus Oz 2018 Drover Awards Winner

Circus Oz is the Winner of 'Tour of the Year' announced at the 2018 Drover Awards on Thursday 6 September at the closing celebration of the 32nd annual PAC Australia conference, Making Space.

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Federal Government Soft Power Review

Federal Government Soft Power Review

DFAT is leading the federal government review on Soft Power, which is a whole-of-government effort to ensure Australia continues to build soft power and exercise influence effectively. The review will consider ways to better leverage Australia's soft power assets and build effective partnerships to advance Australia's security and prosperity. Deadline for submissions is Friday 28 September.

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HUSH 18 Launch - ACO Collective and The Hush Foundation

HUSH 18 Launch - ACO Collective and The Hush Foundation

​To mark the release of Hush 18, Australian Chamber Orchestra's collaborative release with renowned charity The Hush Foundation, ACO Collective will be celebrating with two launch concerts in Sydney and Melbourne.

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Sponsorship and donations revenue up, but volatile and uneven

Sponsorship and donations revenue up, but volatile and uneven

Revenue from corporate sponsorship, donations and net fundraising events within the major performing arts sector continues to track ahead of CPI levels, increasing by $15.4 million or 16.1 per cent on 2016 results to $111.1 million in 2017.

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Dance & Musical Theatre training review

Dance & Musical Theatre training review

What skills and knowledge are needed in the dance and musical theatre workforce? Call for industry feedback to the review into dance and musical theatre national vocation education and training in Australia.

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51st AWGIE Awards announced

51st AWGIE Awards announced

Screen and stage writers, industry representatives and special guests gathered to celebrate the 51st year of the Australian Writers’ Guild’s AWGIE Awards, where over 25 Australian writers were recognised for their outstanding contribution to the Australian arts.

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Focus on Australia–Singapore relationship bearing fruit

Focus on Australia–Singapore relationship bearing fruit

Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator Mitch Fifield has welcomed the signing of a new four-year partnership agreement between the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Group from 2019 to 2022.

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20 years of partnership: KPMG and the ASO

20 years of partnership: KPMG and the ASO

Excellence, achievement, cohesion, confidence – these winning attributes define the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and its impact on South Australia, but also identify corporate partners that stand beside the orchestra and provide it with essential support.

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Opera Qld announces Board changes

Opera Qld announces Board changes

​Opera Queensland has announced Dr Sally Pitkin will conclude her appointment as Chair at the end of September with Deputy Chair Emeritus Professor David Siddle stepping into the role. Kim Challenor will become the new Deputy Chair.

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LIVING NOW writers announced

LIVING NOW writers announced

Malthouse Theatre and Footscray Community Arts Centre have announced the latest two recipients of the LIVING NOW residency. Congratulations Vidya Rajan and Ra Chapman!

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Meet the New Breed of Australian Choreographers

Meet the New Breed of Australian Choreographers

Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks, in conjunction with The Balnaves Foundation, announced four Australian choreographers commissioned to create works for the acclaimed New Breed initiative that supports Australia’s next generation of dance makers.

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Queensland Ballet heading to China

Queensland Ballet heading to China

State Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk announes Queensland Ballet is taking its acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to China this November.

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2018 Art Music Awards winners announced

2018 Art Music Awards winners announced

The recipients of the 2018 Art Music Awards have been revealed across 11 national and six state/territory categories. A gala event honouring Australia’s finest art music composers from the genres of contemporary classical music, jazz, experimental music and sound art, was held at Melbourne’s Plaza Ballroom on Tuesday evening.

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Bangarra's India and Japan tour

Bangarra's India and Japan tour

Bangarra are setting off on an extensive international tour throughout Oct and Nov. The tour will include performances at Saitama Arts Theater in Japan and a multi-city tour across India including a major free outdoor event at the Qutub Minar in New Delhi.

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TSO’s AccessTix program

TSO’s AccessTix program

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is lives deep in the heart and community of all Tasmanians. In keeping with this community ethos, the TSO believes that all Tasmanians should have the chance to experience the joy that only live orchestral music can bring.

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TAB picks up STEAM

TAB picks up STEAM

The benefits of a STEAM-based curriculum are well documented, and so is the need for teachers to be supported by quality arts education with additional specialist resourcing — which is where The Australian Ballet leaps in.

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The growing impact of MPAs

The growing impact of MPAs

An analysis of MPA activity over the past six years confirms that the MPAs have played a central role in the development of the performing arts in Australia, as major employers in the sector, as presenters of outstanding work, and as arts educators.

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Funding the next generation of theatre makers

Funding the next generation of theatre makers

The Andrew Cameron Fellowship is supported by and in honour of Belvoir's former Chair, Andrew Cameron AM. It enables Belvoir to provide a professional development opportunity for an emerging artistic leader. Carissa Licciardello, the first recipient, talks about he impact of the award on her and her career.

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MSO signs international TV distribution with UNITEL

MSO signs international TV distribution with UNITEL

​The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has secured a prestigious international TV distribution agreement with UNITEL, a world leading producer and distributor of classical music for TV, DVD & Blu-ray, cinema and new media.

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West Australian Ballet welcomes and farewells

West Australian Ballet welcomes and farewells

​The West Australian Ballet is losing one of its most loved performers as Demi-Soloist and Choreographer Christopher Hill announces he has made the decision to retire from professional dance while welcoming three new dancers to its ranks.

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Rafael Bonachela - QL2 Dance patron

Rafael Bonachela - QL2 Dance patron

QL2 Dance welcome Rafael Bonachela, Artistic Director of the Sydney Dance Company, who, with Professor Shirley McKechnie AO, will be their Patrons.

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​Partnerships enable MSO to return to Mildura

​Partnerships enable MSO to return to Mildura

The Orchestra’s revised 5 year Strategic Plan has a renewed commitment to being an orchestra for the entire State of Victoria, accompanied by a revitalised regional touring strategy.

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Taking Gypsey Tober to Tipperary Station

Taking Gypsey Tober to Tipperary Station

​At the end of a dusty 30 kilometre driveway in the Northern Territory you can find Tipperary Station School. There are only 6 students, but when Musica Viva’s Gypsy Tober visited in August, they were greeted by students from 5 local schools - one of which had driven over 2 and a half hours to visit!

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MSO honours Mrs Jeanne Pratt AC with Life Membership

MSO honours Mrs Jeanne Pratt AC with Life Membership

On Saturday 28 July at its matinee performance of West Side Story, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra presented Jeanne Pratt AC with a Life Membership to acknowledge her generosity toward the MSO and celebrate her commitment to Australia’s cultural life.

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New Chair appointed to Victorian Opera

New Chair appointed to Victorian Opera

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley announced that Melbourne corporate figure Genevieve Overell has been appointed the new Chairman of Victorian Opera.

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Designing the Future - Queensland Theatre Resident Designers

Designing the Future - Queensland Theatre Resident Designers

Local mainstage theatre designers are rare in Queensland. It’s a problem we come up against year after year. Together with the Ian Potter Foundation, Queensland theatre set out to fast track the development of the next generation of design professionals.

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BSSTC - Production Fund

BSSTC - Production Fund

​In 2017, Black Swan set up its first ‘future fund’ - the Black Swan Production Fund, which forms a major part of the company’s long term investment and growth strategy and is a key focus of the company’s future philanthropic activities.

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2018 AIR awards winners announced

2018 AIR awards winners announced

Congratulations to Australian Chamber Orchestra/Richard Tognetti - Jonny Greenwood for the receiving Best Independent Classical Album award at the AIR Awards.

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CAAP directors announced for MTC, QT and MTC

CAAP directors announced for MTC, QT and MTC

​Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP), Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company have announced the artists selected to join the CAAP Directors Initiative.

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ABC Young Performer of the Year- Emily Sun

ABC Young Performer of the Year- Emily Sun

In a packed Concert Hall at Sydney’s Opera House accompanied by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of celebrated conductor Dr. Nicholas Milton AM three incredibly talented young finalists competed to win the coveted ABC Young Performer Award.

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ACO Academy program

ACO Academy program

The ACO recently held it’s ACO Academy program for talented young string players, in Melbourne for the very first time.

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2018 ACT II Helpmann award winners announced

2018 ACT II Helpmann award winners announced

The 2018 Helpmann Awards Act II was a star-studded ceremony in front of a full house at the Capitol Theatre Sydney on the set of Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical.

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Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2018-19 announced

Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2018-19 announced

From over 90 entries for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2018-19 (QDPA), and the trio of finalists revealed earlier this year, Brisbane writer David Megarrity has won with his tender and lyrical family-oriented play, The Holidays.

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The Arts where you live

The Arts where you live

​Minister for the Arts Senator Mitch Fifield has announced the launch of a new interactive Australia Council resource, which brings together research on arts engagement, employment and ticketing trends across Australia.

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Balnaves Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship

Balnaves Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship

Belvoir is now accepting entries for the 2018 Balnaves Foundation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship, an evolution of The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright Award and an outstanding launching pad for new talent with a $25,000 paid residency at Belvoir.

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What's on in NAIDOC week

What's on in NAIDOC week

It's NAIDOC week—and this year's theme is Because of Her We Can, honouring, in particular the mothers, grandmothers, sisters and aunties who have birthed, shaped and upheld our communities. Several of the major performing arts companies are staging special works or presentations to mark the week.

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Make your Move

Make your Move

Sydney Dance Company identified a growing need to provide high-quality dance programs that are accessible to the broader community, but that also have a direct benefit to the health and well-being of individuals with mobility difficulties.

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And the winner is… Trio Marvin!

And the winner is… Trio Marvin!

The ensemble took out the Grand Prize and First Prize in the Piano Trio division of the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (MICMC) this evening at Melbourne Recital Centre after a week of thrilling performances. First Prize in the String Quartet division went to the Goldmund Quartett from Germany.

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STC offers regional scholarship

STC offers regional scholarship

For the first time, Sydney Theatre Company is offering a regional scholarship for its acclaimed Work Experience Week program in 2018.

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MTC Celebrates NAIDOC week with its Indigenous Scholarship Program

MTC Celebrates NAIDOC week with its Indigenous Scholarship Program

​Melbourne Theatre Company marked the beginning of NAIDOC week and the first day of its 2018 Indigenous Scholarship Program with a welcome to country and smoking ceremony at MTC Headquarters in Southbank, performed by Janet Galpin and William Pepper on behalf of the Boon Wurrung Foundation.

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SDC regional workshops hit the road

SDC regional workshops hit the road

​Sydney Dance Company’s teaching artists are currently on the road as part of the regional tour of Rafael Bonachela’s ab [Intra]. Each year the teaching artist team tours Australia to bring dance to communities and schools in regional areas.

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STC's Connected program for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants

STC's Connected program for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants

Since 2016, Sydney Theatre Company’s Connected program has combined drama approaches with English language learning for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. The program is delivered in partnership with organisations including Asylum Seekers Centre, Australian Red Cross and MTC Australia.

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Grand piano finds new home in Karratha

Grand piano finds new home in Karratha

Musica Viva coordinated the significant donation of a concert grand piano to the newly built Karratha Red Earth Arts Precinct through the Act-Belong-Commit New Life Instrument Program supported by Healthway, the West Australian Health Promotion Foundation.

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Musica Viva - Taking live music across NT

Musica Viva - Taking live music across NT

Musica Viva in Schools (MVIS) aim to bring quality music education to as many students in Australia as it can. Last month, the popular band Zeeko transported their catchy vibe to students from Alice Springs to Croker Island thanks to the generous support of the Northern Territory Department of Education and a private donor.

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TSO announces participants in Louise Crossley Conducting Workshop

TSO announces participants in Louise Crossley Conducting Workshop

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra announces the seven successful participants selected to take part in the inaugural Louise Crossley Conducting Workshop, an elite conducting training opportunity with a focus on female conductors taking place later this year.

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Rising stars tune up for chamber music ‘World Cup’

Rising stars tune up for chamber music ‘World Cup’

56 young hopefuls are cramming suitcases with scores, strings and stress balls this week, bound for the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, where they will join their string quartet or piano trio colleagues for eight days of intense music-making from 1-8 July 2018.

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Classical and Contemporary to collaborate at The Quarry

Classical and Contemporary to collaborate at The Quarry

With vital support from the Australia Council for the Arts, West Australian Ballet are preparing to collaborate with West Australian contemporary dance company Co3, and Artistic Director/Choreographer of Australian Dance Theatre, Garry Stewart, for a new work at WAB’s Season 2019 Ballet at the Quarry.

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Holiday Fare

Holiday Fare

School holidays are fast approaching, but our members are prepared. Their genius for inspiring children is not confined by the classroom — they have conjured up some sparkling programs to refresh, inspire and energise students during their winter break.

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Birthday Honours list reaches across the arts

Birthday Honours list reaches across the arts

This year’s honours list sees a broad-based representation from across the arts, from performing artists, composers, music conductors and directors, music education and steel band champions to community-led activities, arts administration, executive and financial advisory roles and of course, our dedicated philanthropists.

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2018 CHASS nominations open

2018 CHASS nominations open

2018 will mark the fifth year of the annual CHASS Australia Prizes. The Australia Prizes honour distinguished achievements by Australians working, studying, or training in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) sectors, including academics, researchers, practitioners, philanthropists, policy makers, and students.

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Playwriting continues to take centre stage at STC

Playwriting continues to take centre stage at STC

Sue Smith is the new STC Patrick White Playwrights’ Fellow, Kim Ho wins the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award and STC’s Emerging Writers’ Group participants will continue in the group for another year.

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QSO welcomes Simon Gallaher to the Board

QSO welcomes Simon Gallaher to the Board

Queensland Symphony Orchestra continues to build momentum, both in the concert hall and in the Boardroom, with Chair Chris Freeman welcoming one of Australia’s best-known and most experienced producer-performers in Simon Gallaher as a Director.

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Penrith Youth Orchestra debut

Penrith Youth Orchestra debut

Established in February 2018 by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, The Joan and the Penrith Symphony Orchestra with support from the Crown Resorts Foundation’s Western Sydney Arts Initiative, the newly formed Penrith Youth Orchestra (PYO) performed their debut concert on Sunday 20 May at the Joan Sutherland Centre of Performing Arts.

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ASO's Festival of Learning

ASO's Festival of Learning

In June, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's annual Festival of Learning returns to the Adelaide Town Hall for a week-long celebration of music-making.

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2019 Creative Arts Fellowship applications open

2019 Creative Arts Fellowship applications open

Do you know an inspired and skilled creative artist or writer who can make imaginative use of the National Library of Australia’s collection to create a new artistic or literary work (or body of work)?

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Recognising talent and passion in opera

Recognising talent and passion in opera

​Towering talent and unflagging passion and commitment have been celebrated with the award of the Australian International Opera Awards (AIOA) — Australia’s most prestigious vocal scholarship — and the Commander of the Order of the Star of Italy — one of the highest civilian awards in Italy.

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Art and mental health meet at the Pinnacles

Art and mental health meet at the Pinnacles

Freeing West Australian Opera from the concert hall and setting it outdoors unleashes its formidable power. Set it against the mystical Pinnacles in Western Australia, and you create an experience that defies description.

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Budget lacks cultural ambition

Budget lacks cultural ambition

The Federal Budget released last night is disappointing and offers no new strategic developments for the arts sector or for strengthening the links between the arts and innovation, education, health, soft diplomacy or tourism.

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#BernsteinAt100 celebrations with the SSO

#BernsteinAt100 celebrations with the SSO

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra joined arts organisations around the world to salute the legacy of cultural giant Leonard Bernstein as part of the #BernsteinAt100 celebrations.

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WASO Chorus to tour China in May

WASO Chorus to tour China in May

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra Chorus will embark on a 12-day tour of China, with performances in Shanghai, Nanjing and Beijing.

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Momentum building for cultural change in live theatre

Momentum building for cultural change in live theatre

About 50 representatives of major, medium and small theatre companies, performers, crew and other industry stakeholders came together in Melbourne for an unprecedented forum dedicated to addressing harassment, discrimination and bullying in Australian theatres.

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Jobs up, but is income keeping pace?

Jobs up, but is income keeping pace?

The number of positions in music and performing arts grew at a faster rate in the past five years than the Australian workforce, according to recent analysis of the 2016 Census by Queensland University of Technology researchers.

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Queensland Theatre announces Amanda Jolly as Executive Director

Queensland Theatre announces Amanda Jolly as Executive Director

Not only is the Queensland Theatre celebrating the past year as a record-breaker in terms of audience reach, ticket revenue, critical acclaim and artistic success, company Chair Elizabeth Jameson has announced Amanda Jolly as Executive Director.

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STCSA and KOJO join forces

STCSA and KOJO join forces

Two different storytellers joining forces, State Theatre Company South Australia has announced an exciting new partnership with digital content creators, KOJO.

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Curious Incident Generated $10.7 Million for Economy

Curious Incident Generated $10.7 Million for Economy

The Australian premiere of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, presented by Melbourne Theatre Company and Arts Centre Melbourne, generated an estimated $10.7 million in economic benefit to the State, a study by Culture Counts has revealed.

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An artistic exchange

An artistic exchange

The Australian Ballet’s Principal Artist Kevin Jackson will perform The Prince in The Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker while Australian dancer Alexander Campbell, a principal of The Royal Ballet, will delight audiences at the Sydney Opera House when he performs as the Prince in The Australian Ballet’s production of Cinderella.

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​New opera of Gaiman's Coraline hits the London stage

​New opera of Gaiman's Coraline hits the London stage

Victorian Opera’s first co-commission and co-production with Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s much-loved novella Coraline, has opened to raft of four-star reviews and a sold-out season at London’s Barbican Centre.

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Groundbreaking collaboration - A Tasmanian Requiem

Groundbreaking collaboration - A Tasmanian Requiem

A Tasmanian Requiem is a groundbreaking collaboration between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists - an ambitious musical and visual narrative that faces a past haunted by the terrible legacy of the Black War of Van Diemen’s Land.

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​Bangarra announces new partnership with Boral

​Bangarra announces new partnership with Boral

Bangarra Dance Theatre announced a new three-year agreement with major sponsor Boral that ensures delivery of world-class Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance experiences in regional and remote centres across Australia.

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MSO honours Lady Potter AC with Life Membership

MSO honours Lady Potter AC with Life Membership

​At the opening gala of its 2018 season on Saturday 3 March, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) presented Lady Primrose Potter AC with a Life Membership to celebrate her generous support for the Orchestra.

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Bangarra's teacher training - Winhanga-rra in demand

Bangarra's teacher training - Winhanga-rra in demand

​(Wiradjuri language for hear, think, listen). With the Australian Curriculum determining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures as one of three priorities across the curriculum and the States curriculum incorporation of more Indigenous content there is high demand for professional learning in this area.

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The Sydney Symphony Orchestra to hit the road

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra to hit the road

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has been touring for almost as long as it has been alive and will this year celebrate 80 years of touring regional New South Wales when it goes back to where it all began: Wollongong.

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Artists take up residence at Black Swan

Artists take up residence at Black Swan

BSSTC Resident Artists 2018 are; Tyler Hill (Designer), Ian Michael (Actor/ Director), Chloe Ogilvie (Lighting Designer) and Katt Osborne (Director).

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Goyder to take up the WASO baton

Goyder to take up the WASO baton

​One of Australia’s leading business figures, Richard Goyder AO, is to become Chairman of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, succeeding Janet Holmes à Court AC who has held the position for 20 years.

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Annette Shun Wah & Heather Mitchell join STC board

Annette Shun Wah & Heather Mitchell join STC board

Sydney Theatre Company Chairman Ian Narev has announced that the Executive Producer of Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP) Annette Shun Wah and actor Heather Mitchell have joined STC’s board.

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Sydney Dance Company head to Europe in April

Sydney Dance Company head to Europe in April

​In April, Sydney Dance Company will undertake a European Spring Tour of the exhilarating triple bill of Rafael Bonachela’s Lux Tenebris, Cheng Tsung-lung’s Full Moon and Gabrielle Nankivell’s Wildebeest, with with Sydney Dance Company’s first ever performances at Théâtre National de la Danse Chaillot, Paris.

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Vocation training support for Dance returns

Vocation training support for Dance returns

The Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) and the Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) are, from 18 Jan eligible for VET student loans, both with a $10,000 cap.

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​Change in Chair for Black Swan

​Change in Chair for Black Swan

Black Swan State Theatre Company announces that its chairman of five years Mark Barnaba AM, will stand down April 2. Nicola Forrest will be his successor.

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​New funding first step in bold future for Opera Queensland

​New funding first step in bold future for Opera Queensland

In the first major announcement for Opera Queensland’s new executive management team, the Queensland Government has committed $2.16 million in additional funding over four years to help the company grow, invest in new initiatives and return to three mainstage Brisbane seasons from 2019.

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WASO Composition Project

WASO Composition Project

The 2018 Composition Project is underway at WASO as they welcome their composers who will work alongside Artistic Director James Ledger to each create a brand new work for a 14-piece chamber orchestra made up of WASO Principal and Associate Principal musicians. The composers works will be premiered in WASO’s Education Week+ in June 2018.

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State Opera SA's New Executive Team

State Opera SA's New Executive Team

State Opera SA Chair, John Irving, has announced the appointment of two new executives to lead the company into the future:
Executive Director Ms Yarmila Alfonzetti and Artistic Director Stuart Maunder AM.

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Leadership changes ahead for Musica Viva

Leadership changes ahead for Musica Viva

​Musica Viva Chairman Charles Graham announced that Mary Jo Capps, after nearly 20 years as the company’s CEO, would be stepping down at the end of 2018.

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Sydney Theatre Awards announced

Sydney Theatre Awards announced

2017 Sydney Theatre Awards announced 37 Awards shared between 18 productions including -Belvoir's Hir and STC's Muriel’s Wedding .

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Chinese New Year 2018

Chinese New Year 2018

Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Symphonies celebrate 2018 Chinese New Year with vivid works old and new.

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Mary Jo Capps receives Honorary Doctorate

Mary Jo Capps receives Honorary Doctorate

​On Friday 15 December 2017, the University of Melbourne bestowed its highest honour on Musica Viva CEO Mary Jo Capps, admitting her to the degree of Doctor of Visual and Performing Arts honoris causa in recognition of her extensive contribution to music and the University.

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​TSO Announces 2018 -2019 TSO Australian Composers’ School Participants

​TSO Announces 2018 -2019 TSO Australian Composers’ School Participants

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra announced the four composers, selected from 55 applicants, who will take part in the 2018-19 TSO Australian Composers’ School. The successful applicants are Holly Harrison (Sydney), Mark Holdsworth (Perth), Ella Macens (Sydney) and Harry Sdraulig (Sydney).

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Premier’s Literary Awards Short List announced

Premier’s Literary Awards Short List announced

​The 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards has placed 21 writers, poets and playwrights in the running for Australia’s richest single literary prize – The Victorian Prize for Literature .

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Telstra Ballet Dancer Award announced

Telstra Ballet Dancer Award announced

​Valerie Tereshchenko has been named the 2017 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award winner, one of The Australian Ballet’s most prestigious prizes.

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Koori Youth Circus

Koori Youth Circus

CircusOz is proud to partner with Melbourne Aboriginal Youth Sports and Recreation Cooperative (MAYSAR) to offer Koori Youth Circus – a community circus program for Koori youth in Melbourne.

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State Government invests 10 million in Queensland Ballet Academy

State Government invests 10 million in Queensland Ballet Academy

Education Minister Kate Jones and Member for Brisbane Central Grace Grace announced this month that the partnership of Queensland Ballet and Kelvin Grove State College will provide world class training and education to more aspiring professional ballet dancers of the future under a $10 million expansion plan.

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WASO Hospital Orchestra Project celebrates Christmas

WASO Hospital Orchestra Project celebrates Christmas

The next HOP event is an annual Christmas celebration on Wednesday 6 December. It will include ward visits, where WASO musicians visit individual children and play music for them, and a one-hour concert in the Telethon Theatre at 11.00am.

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Li Cunxin to return to the stage for The Nutcracker 2017

Li Cunxin to return to the stage for The Nutcracker 2017

QSO Artistic Director, Li Cunxin, will return to the stage this Christmas, for one very special performance of The Nutcracker. Li will take to the stage in the role of Drosselmeyer 18 years after retiring from the stage and will be joined by other special guests, including his wife Mary Li.

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Don't stop the music

Don't stop the music

​Filming is underway in Perth on Don’t Stop the Music, a new three-part landmark documentary series for ABC TV, highlighting the transformative effects of teaching music in primary schools. The series has joint funding from Screen Australia and Screenwest and is backed by Musica Viva and the Salvation Army.

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GC2018 Opening Ceremony

GC2018 Opening Ceremony

For the GC2018 Opening Ceremony, Bangarra will work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and Elders from across the Yugambeh Nation through their Rekindling program, culminating in a work which will see them perform together with Bangarra’s professional dance company.

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​Bangarra and WAO promise power and passion for 2018

​Bangarra and WAO promise power and passion for 2018

It would be hard to over-emphasise the importance of Dark Emu, Bangarra’s major new dance work and centrepiece for their 2018 season. The work, which explores the life force of the natural world, is inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s award-winning book of the same name, and will be directed by Stephen Page.

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Nominations Open for 2018 Australian Dance Awards

Nominations Open for 2018 Australian Dance Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Australian Dance Awards which recognises and honours professional Australian dance artists who have made an outstanding contribution to Australian dance.

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Ruby awards nominations 2017

Ruby awards nominations 2017

Three State Theatre Company South Australia productions have been nominated for Ruby Awards this year: The Secret River with Adelaide Festival, Rumplesiltskin with Windmill Theatre Co, and Sista Girl, co written by their very own Resident Artist Elena Carapetis and Alexis West.

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In Conversation with Patrick Nolan

In Conversation with Patrick Nolan

Patrick Nolan, who arrived at Opera Q at the beginning of the month to take up his role as Artistic Director, talks about the exciting creative challenges and his vision.

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TSO - Convict Monologues from Risdon Prison

TSO - Convict Monologues from Risdon Prison

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra has collaborated with staff, volunteers and inmates from Risdon Prison on a unique creative writing and performance project, Convict Monologues.

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Bold youth arts initiative - Playwave

Bold youth arts initiative - Playwave

A new initiative connecting young people to the best of Sydney’s Arts and Culture has been created by Shopfront Arts Co-op, in partnership with the City of Sydney and Sydney’s premier cultural institutions.

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ACO returns to Europe

ACO returns to Europe

​After receiving rave reviews for their European performances in 2016, the Australian Chamber Orchestra will return to Europe in November for a substantial tour of the continent.

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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 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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​OperaQ brings opera to school students in Cunnamulla

​OperaQ brings opera to school students in Cunnamulla

There hasn’t been a locally-based music teacher in the Cunnamulla region for a number of years, but in October music was the focus for many students. Workshops with school students from Cunnamulla, Eulo and Charleville took place in Cunnamulla from 17 to 20 October 2017.

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Women in Theatre Forum at Queensland Theatre

Women in Theatre Forum at Queensland Theatre

The lack of creative involvement of women in the theatre industry is a topic which continues to claim national attention. The panel, hosted by ABC Radio National’s Books & Arts presenter Sarah Kanowski, had an open discussion around this issue.

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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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2016 Helpmann Awards

2016 Helpmann Awards

At the Lyric Theatre Sydney on Monday 25 July, the arts industry came together to celebrate the best in Australian performing arts at the announcement of the 2016 Helpmann Awards.

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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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