Regional Arts Touring Package Announced

Regional Arts Touring Package Announced

Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

Victoria Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu

Regional Arts Audiences To Benefit From Victorian Coalition Govt Touring Grants Funding

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Art lovers across the state will have the best of the arts brought to their community under a new round of the Victorian Coalition Government’s Touring Victoria program to support theatre, music and exhibitions across the state.

Launching the new grants round in Portland, Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu today announced more than $1.1 Million in grants to support 15 arts tours to regional and outer metropolitan areas and support annual tours for three major organisations.

“These grants will help to support an already-thriving quality arts scene in regional and outer metropolitan Victoria.” Premier Baillieu said.


“Support through Touring Victoria will ensure that no matter where Victorians live, work or visit, they will have access to some of the best talent and programs around.”

The latest round will support a comprehensive range of art forms, including music, theatre, visual arts, dance and literature. Supported tours include:

  • David Williamson’s Let the Sunshine and Red Stitch Actors Theatre’s Stop. Rewind, which will take in Victorian destinations including Colac, Warburton and Warragul;
  • NETS Victoria’s Tooth and Nail ceramics exhibition in galleries in Hamilton, Bendigo, Morwell and Wangaratta. The exhibition features works by leading and emerging Australian and Chinese artists;
  • A new children’s musical theatre production, Celebrating Peter Rabbit: 110 Years in Print, which will tour to 21 destinations across Victoria;
  • A tour of Finucane & Smith’s popular burlesque performance, Caravan Burlesque, to locations including Kyneton, Hamilton, Tallarook, Drysdale and Portland.

The support also includes grants to three arts organisations NETS Victoria, Musica Viva and Museums Australia (Victoria) to support their annual touring programs, which include professional development support for artists and venues in regional areas.

“The program not only animates the cultural life of communities statewide, it extends the life of exhibitions or productions and exposes artists, galleries and production companies to new and eager audiences.” Premier Baillieu said.