Community members and visitors to Buloke Shire and surrounding areas will be treated to world class music, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Small Regional Presenters program.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp announced that the Labor Government will provide:
- $2,000 to bring Woodfordia Inc’s Festival of Small Halls Autumn Tour to Wycheproof Public Hall on 23 March, and
- $8,600 to present a range of theatre events at the Birchip Public Hall and Kaniva Shire Hall as part of the Kaniva Birchip Neighbourhood House program. Performances will include the children’s show A Little Bit of Blue by Little Wing Puppets, and the acclaimed black comedy Three Birds One Cock by Three Birds Theatre.
The night of music will feature Canadian folk band The Once and Australian singer/songwriter John Flanagan, as well as providing opportunities for local musicians to play as support acts.
Elsewhere across the state, the program’s eighth round will see singer-songwriter Kutcha Edwards performing in Bruthen and Myrrhee, Geelong performers The Space Company taking the stage in Balmoral and Yea, and acclaimed musical theatre production The Sapphires stopping in at Quambatook Memorial Hall as part of a national tour.
Unlike a traditional touring model which provides support to artists, the program hands the reins to local groups to choose shows they know will resonate with their own communities.
The program provides grants of between $1,000 and $15,000 to groups that present professional performing arts events in their communities, including not-for-profit groups and societies, venues and local councils. Since it was introduced in 2016, more than 300 shows have been supported to travel to 65 towns across the state.
The next round of Small Regional Presenters grants will support shows taking place from 1 July 2019 onwards. Applications will open on 14 February and will close on 5pm, 14 March 2019. For further details and program guidelines, visit www.creative.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Labor Member for Northern Victoria
“Our creative state extends far beyond our major cities – and we’re proud to be bringing some of Victoria’s best music and comedy to areas like Buloke Shire.”
“Small Regional Presenters is about taking fantastic shows to every corner of our state, but also about supporting jobs and businesses in regional Victoria who ensure that creativity thrives in their communities.”