Art and theatre lovers in Bendigo have a million reasons to celebrate, with the Andrews Labor Government’s latest round of grants providing support for of tours and programs across the state.
Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards welcomed the grants, which will invest more than $1 million to attract flagship organisations to areas like Bendigo. It will support local groups to present shows in local venues and strengthen performing arts in regional Victoria.
As part of the Major Touring Program, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Wheeler Centre have received support to bring their work to Bendigo through exhibitions, workshops and performances over the next two years.
The Touring Victoria program will also provide grants to companies such as Circus Oz and HIT Productions to bring their performances to Bendigo and beyond, across regional Victoria.
The latest round of support for regional touring and activities has been made possible through the Labor Government’s $20 million regional arts package – a four year commitment to the regional arts sector announced in the Victorian Budget 2015/16.
The next round of the Small Regional Presenters and Touring Victoria programs will close in August 2017.
For program guidelines, eligibility and a full list of the latest grant recipients, visit creative.vic.gov.au/news.
Quote attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
“Whether in big cities or a small regional towns, creative activities enhance liveability, boost tourism and create jobs for artists, organisations and local arts workers.”
Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan
“This is great news for arts lovers in Bendigo, and local groups who are passionate about bringing entertainment to their communities.”
Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards
“This funding will create local job opportunities, drive regional tourism and strengthen Victoria’s reputation as the Creative State in regional areas.”