An exciting range of performances is heading to Western Victoria thanks to the latest round of grants through the Victorian Government’s Small Regional Presenters program.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today congratulated Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery and Otways Country to Coast Tourism Association who will both receive support for their presentations.
The productions to receive funding include:
Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery, $15,000
Support for the presentation of their 2019 season. Shows will include:
- Fred Smith’s Urban Sea Shanties
- A performance by concert pianist Roman Rudnytsky with works by Rachmaninov, Chopin and Brahms
- Three Birds Theatre’s avant guard theatre performance Three Birds, One Cock
- The Space Company’s verbatim theatre double bill Stardust and The Mission
- The music performance Fever, featuring Rebecca Barnard, Brooke Russell, Jacqueline Tonks and Monique de Matina
- The New Hip with Steve Blackburn, a multi-genre music performance led by comedian and composer Steve Blackburn
- Music performances by Canyon, an acoustic band inspired by the 70s radio sound; and Dr Hernández, a band combining soul, boogaloo and reggae.
The season is accompanied by community engagement activities, including a masterclass with concert pianist Roman Rudnytsky, supported by the local music teachers’ association.
Otways Country to Coast Tourism Association, $6,000
Support to present the following events at as part of Otways in Spring Festival.
- Suitcase Royale’s Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon at the Cape Otway Lightstation;
- Essential Theatre’s presentation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at The Otway Fly;
- Wilma & Friends’ Ludwig’s Legacy, a strings program presented by Wilma Smith at the Otway Estate and Brewery.
Each event will be accompanied by community engagement activities, including the opportunity for local music students to perform at the Wilma & Friends concert.
An initiative of the Andrews Labor Government, the Small Regional Presenters program was created to increase the quality and variety of cultural events and activities in small regional towns and to give locally based creative groups the opportunity to program shows that they know will resonate with local audiences.
Since the Small Regional Presenters program commenced, it has provided support for more than 230 shows that have been seen by more than 14,000 people across some of Victoria’s smallest towns including Apollo Bay, Birregurra and Cororooke.
Almost $60,000 in funding has been allocated to nine organisations in the latest funding round.
The program provides grants of between $1,500 to $15,000 to support the presentation of a single show or live event, a series of shows or an annual program. Applications are invited from regionally based arts presenters, including not-for-profit arts groups and societies, venues and local councils.
To find out more about the program, visit www.creative.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“This is great news for art lovers in Western Victoria, and local groups who are passionate about bringing entertainment to their communities.”
“My congratulations to Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery and the Otways Country to Coast Tourism Association on their exciting upcoming programs and for the work they do all year round to make Western Victoria a vibrant and creative region to live, work and visit.”
“Not only will these programs give local art lovers an exciting day or night out, the visiting artists will also host community activities to give audiences and local artists the opportunity to learn new skills.”