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8 June 2018

An exciting range of music, theatre, film and dance performances are making their way to small towns across Victoria thanks to the latest round of grants through the Small Regional Presenters program.

A photo of Geraldine Guinn from the production 'Sunglasses at Night: the 80s Apocalypse Sing Along Cabaret

Geraldine Quinn stars in Sunglasses at Night: the 80s Apocalypse Sing Along Cabaret. A Winding Roads Production. Photo by Evan Munro-Smith.

$71,896 of funding will support the presentation of diverse performances, from flamenco guitarists to experimental pop music, circus, cabaret and much more.

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 200 shows that have been seen by close to 10,000 people across some of Victoria’s tiniest towns including Moyhu, Cororooke and Mallacoota.

Grants of between $1,500 to $15,000 are available 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.

The next round of the Small Regional Presenters program will close on 12 July 2018 for shows taking place from 1 October 2018 onwards.

More information on the Small Regional Presenters program

The latest funding recipients are:

Archies Creek Community Hall Inc Trustees for the Archies Creek Public Hall Trust, Archies Creek, $11,550
Presentation of three live shows at Archies Creek Hall:

  • The Southern Ocean Band’s Blood & Bones & Fins & Glory;
  • Day of the Night of the Dead, a world music performance featuring musicians from the Boolarra Social Club and Melbourne; and
  • Suitcase Royale’s Chronicles of the Sleepless Moon with a post-show Q&A.

The program includes opportunities for local young people to be mentored in front of house and technical support roles and skills development opportunities for local musicians through music workshops.

Bruthen Arts and Events Council Inc, Bruthen, $7,292
Presentation of two shows at the Bruthen Mechanics Institute:

  • Finucane & Smith’s Dance Hall, a performance which will include opportunities for local artists to participate; and
  • Suitcase Royale’s theatre show Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon.

City of Greater Geelong, Geelong, $14,300
Presentation of 11 diverse shows and related community engagement activities as part of The Potato Shed’s 2018 program. The supported performances are:

  • Ellis Productions’ Around the World in 80 Days
  • Finucane & Smith’s Dance Hall
  • Sue Ingleton’s From Here to Infirmity
  • Chester Productions’ Hell Ship - the Journey of the Ticonderoga
  • Hit Productions’ Hotel Sorrento
  • Carita Farrer Spencer’s Larry Paradiseo and Fabulous Dame Farrar
  • Melbourne City Ballet’s Madame Butterfly
  • Jally Entertainment’s Menopause the Musical
  • Madotti & Vegas’ Paris Underground
  • Essence Productions’ Point of No Return
  • Ilbijerri Theatre’s Which Way Home

Cohuna Progress Association, Cohuna, $14,800
Presentation of two live music performances at the Cohuna Town Hall. The shows, Winding Road Productions’ Sunglasses at Night: the 80s Apocalypse Sing Along Cabaret; and a performance by the Tek Tek Ensemble will be accompanied by community engagement activities.

Dunolly Theatre Company Inc, Dunolly, $1,500
Presentation of Flamenco guitarists Lulo Reinhardt and Bart Stenhouse in concert at the Dunolly Town Hall. The performance program will also include professional development opportunities for local musicians.

G.R.A.I.N. Inc., Nathalia, $4,220
Presentation of two performance events in Nathalia: sound artist Sara Retallick’s experimental pop outfit Golden Syrup, accompanied by a Q&A session and workshop for secondary students at the G.R.A.I.N. Store; and Solid State Circus’ The Big Tops and Tiny Tots Circus Show, with a circus workshop for kindergarten age children, at the Nathalia Uniting Church Hall.

Heyfield War Memorial Hall C.O.M. Inc, Heyfield, $3,000
Presentation of Dinosaur Time Machine, a show for children incorporating science and discoveries about the world of the dinosaurs, at Heyfield War Memorial Hall.

Mirboo North Arts inc., Mirboo North, $2,400
Presentation of two shows at Grand Ridge Brewery, Mirboo North: Dr Crask & His Swingin' Elixir Band; and Parvyn Singh's Bollywood music and dance celebration A Night of Bollywood. The programs will include skills development opportunities for local young people, and a dance workshop for the community will be held alongside the Bollywood performance.

South Gippsland Shire Council, Leongatha, $7,500
Presentation of a series of concerts and accompanying community engagement activities across Yanakie Hall, Ruby Hall and Hallston Hall. The program features five-piece band Sounds of Silent performing live to Buster Keaton’s silent film The General; The Gob-Iron String Band featuring Old Time and Cajun music; and duo Cat & Clint performing original songs and traditional tunes from the Appalachian region of America.

Trafalgar Amateur Drama society sub committee of the Trafalgar Public hall committee, Trafalgar, $5,334
Presentation of Finucane and Smith’s Dance Hall at Trafalgar Public Hall. The performance will include opportunities for local artists to participate.