In its third visit to China this year, the orchestra played in seven cities and will return in October 2015. SSO managing director Rory Jeffes said the award would help support its work in the region.
‘During the past six years the SSO has been working tirelessly to promote Australia’s diplomatic, economic and cultural interests in the Asia-Pacific region through a combination of touring, exchange and artistic collaboration,’ Jeffes said.
‘An award like this resounds far beyond Australia and demonstrates to our Chinese counterparts that we are committed to building long- lasting relationships.’
The awards presented in three categories—Education, Entrepreneurship and Arts—are in line with the bilateral foreign and trade policy priorities and the Australia-China Council focus areas.Winners in each category receive $5,000.
In announcing the awards in September, the Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop said he awards aim to showcase the creativity and excellence of Australian organisations and people who are building stronger economic, cultural and education connections between Australia and China. They focus on:
showcasing Australian art and culture to Chinese audiences
building active and long-lasting partnerships between Australian and Chinese cultural institutions and artists
providing leadership to the Australian artistic communities in understanding and engaging with China