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17 May 2016

Creative Victoria has delivered its largest ever round of regional touring grants, with over $1.6 million to support a range of tours over the next three years.

The grants will see dynamic artists and flagship companies, including Melbourne Theatre Company, Circus Oz and Malthouse Theatre, hit the road – bringing a variety of theatre, literature events, children's shows, exhibitions, opera and music events to a range of regional destinations.

Melbourne Recital Centre will tour its 2016 Local Heroes program, including Melbourne Guitar Quartet, Kate Ceberano and Paul Grabowsky, Stiletto Sisters and Inventi Ensemble to destinations include Castlemaine, Daylesford and Mildura.   

Children and families have plenty to look forward to with a number of shows designed for younger audiences, including Victorian Opera's Cinderella; Malthouse's new Australian work, Turbine by Dan Giovannoni; a music theatre adaptation of the classic children's book We're Going on a Bear Hunt; and programs from Circus Oz, Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.

Other highlights include Melbourne Theatre Company's What Rhymes with Cars and Girls, which will be heading to destinations including Geelong; shows by leading contemporary dance company Chunky Move; Opera Australia's tour of Madame Butterfly, and Willy Russell's Shirley Valentine care of HIT Productions.

In addition to shows, many of the tours also include workshops, education programs and community events that will see community members learning new skills and, in some cases, performing alongside professional artists. 

Additional funding for regional touring was part of the Victorian government's $20 million Regional Arts package announced in the 2015-16 State Budget.


With funding now secure presenters will work with venues across the state to confirm their tour schedules. Confirmed destinations are listed below.

Chunky Move, $35,000
A 2016 and 2017 tour that will be used as a pilot to establish an annual regional circuit for the company.

Circus Oz
- Tour $100,000
A tour of Straight Up, a contemporary circus work for all ages, that reflects on modern Australia. Destinations for 2017 include Warragul, Ballarat and Shepparton.
- Workshop program $265,188For a 2016 and 2017 program of regional school workshops and performances. 2016 destinations are Boort, Sea Lake and Warracknabeal. Destinations for 2017 are Colac, Wye River, Port Campbell, Yarram, Bairnsdale and Morwell.

Craft Victoria, $66,500
A touring program of two exhibitions: Mayoral Chain, an exhibition that explores the civic ceremonial costume; and Craft Forward, an exhibition that showcases work by four of Victoria's leading crafts practitioners paired with works from regional gallery collections.

HIT Productions Pty Ltd, $70,486
A tour of Willy Russell's Shirley Valentine, the story of a middle-aged working class Liverpool housewife and her transforming holiday in the Greek islands. This popular work will be travelling to smaller towns and community halls across Victoria.

Malthouse Theatre, $64,100
For a regional tour of Malthouse's new Australian work for family audiences, Turbine by Dan Giovannoni, with accompanying school workshops. The tour will take in four regional destinations including Geelong.

Melbourne Recital Centre, $44,500
A regional touring program featuring acts from the Melbourne Recital Centre's 2016 Local Heroes program, including Melbourne Guitar Quartet, Kate Ceberano and Paul Grabowsky, Stiletto Sisters and Inventi Ensemble. Destinations in 2016 include Castlemaine, Daylesford and Mildura.  

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, $135,000

A regional touring program of orchestral concerts, school-based performances and educational programs. Destinations for 2016 include Bendigo, Shepparton and Wangaratta.       

Melbourne Theatre Company, $144,074
For a 2017 tour of the production What Rhymes with Cars and Girls to destinations including Geelong.

Melbourne Writers Festival, $25,000
A touring program of events for children and teenagers in local libraries and other venues, drawing on the Melbourne Writers Festival's established Children and Teens program.

Opera Australia, $156,655
A tour of Puccini's Madame Butterfly, as part of a national tour in 2018.

Orchestra Victoria, $25,000
Orchestra Victoria's regional program of workshops, community performances and full orchestral concerts. Schools based workshops for students and teachers, part of the Orchestra's long running On the mOVe! program, are also included. Destinations for 2016 include Hamilton and Bendigo.

Performing Lines, $26,586
A regional tour of Rosslyn Oades' Greenroom Award winning theatre work Hello Goodbye and Happy Birthday, a verbatim theatre performance celebrating the epic birthdays that bookend adult life – 18 and 80.               

Regional Arts Victoria, $67,000A tour of the music theatre work We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Garry Ginivan Attractions. Based on Michael Rosen's popular children's book and the original West End production, this tour will be the first time the show has toured to regional Victoria.             

stART Community Art, $69,748
A tour of Dangerous Deeds, an accessible screen-based arts installation on the Victorian disability movement, providing insights on less well known aspects of Victoria's social and cultural history. In 2016 the installation will go on show in Whittlesea. In 2017 it will tour to Moe, Alexandra and Warrnambool.

Victorian Opera
- Performance tour $32,000
A regional tour of the children's opera Cinderella, a version of Massenet's 19th century opera based on the classic fairy tale, developed for younger audiences. Destinations for 2016 include Mildura, Warragul, Shepparton and Wodonga.
- Touring program $305,000
For a touring program that will run across 2017 and 2018 with productions specifically tailored to specific locations. 2017 destinations are Wodonga, Shepparton, Mildura, Warragul and Bendigo. 2018 destinations are Mildura, Warragul, Bendigo,  Shepparton and Wodonga.