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Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

Victoria Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu

Latest Arts Grants Bring Top Shows To Regional Victoria

Victor P Taffa

Some of Australia’s leading arts companies will tour across regional Victoria in 2012 following the latest announcement of funding through the Victorian Coalition Government’s Touring Victoria program.

Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu today announced funding of $600,500 to support eight tours to regional areas including tours by three major arts organisations, Circus Oz, Opera Australia and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

The latest grants are in addition to 15 touring projects that received funding in August 2011 and bring the Coalition Government’s total investment in regional arts touring to more than $1.5 Million this year.


“This further investment in the arts for regional Victoria supports our commitment to giving regional Victorian communities equal access to the best arts and cultural experiences on offer.” Premier Baillieu said.

“Our $2 Million four-year commitment will bring some of the most exciting works by our flagship companies to audiences in regional centres from Mildura to Marysville and Warrnambool to Wodonga.”

Supported tours include:

  • A full-scale circus production by Circus Oz that will travel to Warragul, Mildura, Frankston and Dandenong as part of its 2012 national tour;
  • Opera Australia’s production of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni that will be presented at Bendigo, Shepparton, Warragul, Warrnambool and Sale with a special presentation at the Marysville Community Centre;
  • Support for Orchestra Victoria to expand its regional touring activity of concerts, workshops and master-class programs to more than 20 locations across Victoria;
  • Hit Productions’ Diving for Pearls performing in 13 different venues including Ararat, Bendigo, Traralgon, Wonthaggi and Wangaratta.



Australian Centre for the Moving Image – $100,000

For the 2012 series of ACMI in the Regions 2012 – ACMI’s highly successful regional program of film-making, workshops, and mentoring in small communities. The 2012 itinerary includes selected towns in East Gippsland Shire and the rural cities of Mildura and Wangaratta.

Circus Oz – $83,000

Full-scale circus tour to Warragul, Mildura, Frankston and Dandenong as part of the Circus Oz 2012 national tour.

Hit Productions – $63,000

Tour of Katherine Thompson’s play Diving for Pearls to Traralgon, Warragul, Wonthaggi, Ararat, Drysdale, Bendigo, Wangaratta, Portland and several suburban venues as part of a national tour.

Independent producer Mari Lourey (tour coordinated by Performing Lines) – $64,000

Tour of Bare Witness, a multi-media performance to eleven Victorian venues as part of a 2012 national tour. The show had a sell-out season in 2010 when it was presented at 45 Downstairs in Melbourne.

Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, (coordinated by Regional Arts Victoria) – $30,500

Tour of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra’s spring music program to Ballarat, Bendigo, Bairnsdale, Shepparton and Geelong, with additional Melbourne performances at the Williamstown Town Hall and the Clocktower Centre, Moonee Ponds.

Opera Australia – $65,000

Tour of Mozart’s Don Giovanni to Bendigo, Shepparton, Warragul, Warrnambool, Sale, and Dandenong with a special presentation at Marysville Community Centre to support community rebuilding.

Red Stitch Actors Theatre – $25,000

Grant to cover the cost of remounting its production of Stop. Rewind for a Victoria-wide tour to Frankston, Shepparton, Upwey, Colac, Rosebud, Moorabbin, Warburton, Warragul, Sale and Geelong.

Orchestra Victoria – $170,000

To support the Orchestra’s expanded 2012 program of concerts, workshops and master classes in regional centres across Victoria.


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