Improving The Arts In Regional WA

Improving The Arts In Regional WA

Western Australia Minister for Culture and the Arts John Day

Funding To Help Connect Arts With Regional WA

Victor P Taffa

  • Funding of $180,000 provided to new Circuitwest Pilot Touring project
  • Program is new way to support smaller performing arts companies
  • Community and audience engagement critical to success of touring

The State Government today launched a new initiative aimed at increasing touring performances to regional Western Australia.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the Department of Culture and the Arts had allocated $180,000 towards the new Circuitwest Pilot Touring project.

“Community and audience engagement is critical to the success of touring.” Mr. Day said.

“This model will enhance the relationship between the funding providers, the touring companies and the venue managers with the aim of connecting with audiences.”

“It also provides new ways of supporting small to medium-size performing arts companies in their efforts to take more shows to venues across the State.”

The Minister said that unique installations of ‘lost notices’ would feature local stories of loss at many of the towns.

“The first of the performances to tour the regions as part of this project will be Shiver, produced by Performing Lines.” Mr. Day said.

“This tour begins this month and includes venues in Esperance, Port Hedland, Geraldton, Mandurah, Merredin and Bunbury.”

“There will be a second tour to the regions by another Perth-based company in 2013 the touring program aimed at giving regional audiences the opportunity to experience contemporary theatre and dance.”

“Audience engagement activities for the Shiver tour include community storytelling through film and visual arts, film screenings, dance workshops and performances of original and new dance works by students.” Mr. Day said.

Fact File

  • First time Department of Culture and the Arts partnered with CircuitWest on this type of project