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8 February 2018

Communities in some of Victoria’s most remote towns can expect a range of music, dance and theatre performances in 2018, thanks the latest round of grants through the Small Regional Presenters Program.

Damian Callinan's Swingman

Damian Callinan's Swingman

Grants totalling almost $118,000 will support the local presentation of 49 shows in community venues and festivals across the state.

Community centres, halls, libraries, theatres and even a brewery will play host to a diverse array of performances and related programs.

The renovated Birregurra Hall will present its first program from April to December, including music, theatre and circus shows for the whole family. While a new piano purchased by the Mount Beauty community will have its first professional outing in February with an eclectic concert by the Kate Stockwin Trio.

The Lake Bolac Eel Festival has received support to attract headline act, Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission; Cororooke will be treated to two extraordinary events featuring leading Indigenous performers including Archie Roach, Jessie Lloyd and Emma Donovan; and Anglesea Memorial Hall will host two weekends of live music gigs.

Many of the performances will be accompanied by workshops, talks, children’s program and other hands-on experiences, while there will be performance, professional and skills development opportunities for locals.

An initiative of the Victorian Government, the Small Regional Presenters program was launched in 2016 to increase the quality and variety of cultural opportunities in small regional towns. It helps local communities attract the kinds of shows they want to see.

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 will close on 15 March 2018 for shows taking place from 1 June 2018 onwards.

Read more about Small Regional Presenters

SMALL REGIONAL PRESENTERS - RECIPIENTS

Birregurra Community Group Inc., $11,470
For the presentation of the inaugural program at the renovated Birregurra Hall, from April to December 2018. This includes:

  • The Festival of Small Halls, featuring artists from Woodfordia Folk Fest’s Autumn Tour;
  • Solid State Circus’ Big Top and Tiny Tots Circus Show;
  • Caribbean Winter Festa with Mighty Duke and the Lords; and
  • Suitcase Royale’s Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon.

The program will be accompanied by community engagement and professional development opportunities including pre-and post-show talks, theatre tech mentoring, and workshops in circus skills, steel pans, and vocals.

Gannawarra Shire Council, $15,000
For the presentation of seven shows across Gannawarra Shire, from March to December 2018:

  • She Said Theatre’s Hart (Kerang Memorial Hall);
  • Hit Productions’ All My Love (Murrabit Hall);
  • Lana Schwarcz’s Lovely Lady Lump (Lake Charm Hall);
  • Highwire Events and Entertainment’s Dinosaur Time Machine (Leitchville Memorial Hall);
  • Damien Callinan’s Swing Man (Kerang Memorial Hall);
  • Dislocate’s 3 Speed Crunch Box Re-Booted (Cohuna Memorial Hall); and
  • Michael Veitch’s Hell Ship – The Journey of the Ticonderoga (Kerang Library).

Accompanying activities will include poetry readings, dancing, and school holiday and lifelong learning programs.

Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery (Cororooke), $8,500
For the presentation of two events at Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery in Cororooke:

  • The launch of Jandamarra Cadd’s exhibition Spaces in Between, with a performance by singer-songwriter Archie Roach and a panel discussion with Roach, Cadd and actor Uncle Jack Charles (2 March 2018); and
  • Mission Songs, a performance exploring songs sung and shared on the missions where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were relocated in the early 20th century, with Jessie Lloyd, Emma Donovan, Deline Briscoe and Jessica Hitchcock, accompanied by a choir masterclass facilitated by Jessie Lloyd (26 May 2018).

Court in the Act Theatre Company Inc, (Stratford) $10,863
For the presentation of three shows at the Stratford Courthouse Theatre, from April to October 2018:

  • Little Wings Puppets’ Little Bit of Blue, a puppet detective story about a bower bird, including a children’s workshop in clowning and puppetry;
  • Lab Kelpie’s Elegy, about the plight of gay refugees fleeing post-liberation persecution; and
  • Company 13’s MacDeth a comedic retelling of Macbeth.

The Sound Doctor Presents Inc. (Anglesea), $9,042
For a program of contemporary music at the Anglesea Memorial Hall over two weekends, March to May 2018 including:

  • Ainslie Wills;
  • Jen Cloher; and
  • Jessie Lloyd’s Mission Songs Project.

The program will also include opportunities for local acts, and a workshop for children run by Jessie Lloyd.

Lake Bolac Eel Festival, $3,500
For the presentation of Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission as the headline act for the 2018 Lake Bolac Eel Festival on Saturday, 23 March 2018.

Tallarook Arts Society Inc, $11,500
For the presentation of Tallarook Arts Society’s 2018 program at the Tallarook Mechanics Institute, from April to September 2018, featuring:

  • Anya Anastasia’s Rogue Romantic;
  • Southern Ocean Sea Band’s Blood & Bones & Fins & Glory;
  • Finucane & Smith’s Dance Hall.

Accompanying programming will include opportunities for the local community to participate in Dance Hall and the Southern Ocean Sea Band’s performance.

South Gippsland Shire Council, $3,584
Presentation of two shows from the 2018 Café Culture Series at Toora Hall and Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute Hall, from February to May 2018:

  • Pacific Belles, featuring songs from the 1940s; and
  • Marisa Quigley's cabaret Red Dress & the Sugar Man.

Yarck Mechanics Institute and Library, $11,685
For the presentation of Artz@Yarck’s 2018 program at the Yarck Mechanics Institute & Library from April to October 2018. featuring:

  • Anya Anastasia’s Rogue Romantic cabaret performance;
  • Kieren Carroll’s comedy drama In the Mens; and
  • Finucane & Smith’s Dance Hall.

Apollo Bay Arts Inc, $2,500
For an event in March 2018 as part of the 2018 Festival of Small Halls, featuring artists from Woodfordia Folk Fest’s Autumn Tour. The evening will also include dancing and performances by local acts.

F.INC East Gippsland Inc. (Lakes Entrance), $5,200
For the presentation of Galata Express, an eight-piece Turkish Gypsy ensemble, at the Frouteville 2018 festival on 3 March. In addition to performances, Galata Express will present a music demonstration with practical hands-on experience for attendees.

Geelong Chamber Music Society Inc, $3,000
For a program celebrating Geelong Chamber Music Society’s 10th anniversary. From February to November 2018 five chamber music concerts will be presented at McAuley Hall in Geelong:

  • Omega Ensemble with Lee Abrahamsen;
  • Melbourne Chamber Orchestra with Anna Goldsworthy;
  • Firebird Trio;
  • Australian String Quartet; and
  • Simon Tedeschi.

The program will also include a strings workshop with Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Bay City Strings, and the Musica Viva Music in Schools interactive program for six primary schools in the North Geelong area.

Mirboo North Arts Inc, $2,700
For the presentation of two shows from the 2018 Café Culture Series at the Grand Ridge Brewery in Mirboo North, from February to May 2018:

  • Pacific Belles, featuring songs from the 1940s; and
  • Marisa Quigley's cabaret Red Dress & the Sugar Man.

This will include opportunities for local members of the Made in South Gippsland Freeza committee to develop front of house and event management skills.

Upper Kiewa Valley Regional Arts (Mount Beauty), $1,500
For the presentation of a concert by the Kate Stockwin Trio, an eclectic program encompassing classical, jazz, gypsy and Russian folk music, at the Mount Beauty Community Centre on 24 February 2018. The concert marks the first professional outing of a piano purchased by the community, and will include opportunities for the community band to engage in pre-and post-show talks with the musicians.

Mallacoota Arts Council, $9,204
For the presentation of the 2018 Café Culture Series at the Mudbrick Pavilion in Mallacoota, including:

  • Pacific Belles, featuring songs from the 1940s;
  • Marisa Quigley's cabaret Red Dress & the Sugar Man;
  • Dr Crask & His Swingin' Elixir Band; and
  • Parvyn Singh's A Night of Bollywood.

Four accompanying workshops will also be presented as part of the program.

Snowy River Arts Network (Orbost), $8,700
For the presentation of the 2018 Café Culture Series at the Orbost Exhibition Centre, including:

  • Pacific Belles, featuring songs from the 1940s;
  • Marisa Quigley's cabaret Red Dress & the Sugar Man;
  • Dr Crask & His Swingin' Elixir Band; and
  • Parvyn Singh's A Night of Bollywood.

Community workshops with Bart Stenhouse (guitarist) and Natascha Wernick (General Manager, 2018 Murwillumbah Art Trail), are also on the program.