APACA announces Drover Awards finalists

​​Performing arts national tour and performing arts centre of the year finalists revealed.

APACA announces Drover Awards finalists


A drover moves livestock ‘on the hoof’ over large distances, all the while looking after the wellbeing of his charges, managing unexpected events and unforeseen emergencies on the road, and arriving in the right place, at the right time with everything in order.

It’s a bit like arts touring. With most Australians living in the state’s capitals, the rest of the population is sparsely distributed and distances between regional towns are often vast. Touring a performing arts production is not for the faint hearted. It is a serious undertaking, requiring a massive commitment in terms of time and resources.

The Australian Performing Arts Centre Association (APACA) Drover Awards recognise excellence in the field of regional touring. There are three award categories — Tour of the Year, Performing Arts Centre of the Year, and Touring Legend. The award winners will be announced at the APACA conference on 24 August, at Sydney’s Luna Park. Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield will present one of the key awards.

Sydney Dance Company’s Counter Move tour under the management of Arts on Tour is one of the finalists for the Tour of the Year category- see all nominees below. This award recognises both the production company with an outstanding commitment to touring and the tour coordinator or producer delivering exceptional touring services. It rewards the commitment to forming strong partnerships and to working collaboratively to develop audiences and enrich the cultural lives of all Australians. The Tour of the Year is awarded for overall excellence in touring, recognising the quality of the production, the marketing campaign and the people making it happen.

The remaining award categories include ‘Performing Arts Centre of the Year’, and‘Touring Legend’. The latter will bepresented to Senator Fifield at the conference gala dinner.

AMPAG extends warm congratulations to all the companies that have been selected as finalists for the 2017 Drovers Awards.

Finalists for 2017 Drover Award ‘Performing Arts Centre of the Year’
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre
Princess Theatre – Launceston

Finalists for 2017 Drover Award 'Tour of the Year'

Australian Theatre for Young People’sSugarland
Tour Producer: Performing Lines for Blak Lines

Monkey Baa’sThe Peasant Prince
Tour management: Arts on Tour

Patch Theatre’sThe Moon's a Balloon

Sydney Dance Company’s "Counter Move"
Tour management: Arts on Tour