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28 May 2018

Australia’s most prestigious live performance awards, the Helpmann Awards, will leave Sydney and call Melbourne home for the first-time next year.

The Helpman Awards logo

The Awards will be held in Melbourne from 2019 to 2021.

This move comes on top of a raft of major theatre productions recently announced that will come exclusively to Victoria – including Come From Away and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The annual Helpmann Awards recognise the best in Australia’s live performance sector, including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, cabaret, regional touring, opera, and dance.

The Helpmann Awards also incorporate the JC Williamson and Sue Nattrass Awards for outstanding contribution to the Australian live performance industry.

Presented by peak industry body Live Performance Australia, the Awards were established in 2001 to recognise, celebrate and promote Australia’s live performance industry – like the Tony Awards on Broadway and the Olivier Awards in London.

Live Performance Australia recently assembled a new production team for the Awards which will be led by White Night curator David Atkins OAM as Artistic Director.