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22 June 2018

From a new operatic production of Carmen to a comedy performance about divorce, the latest round of Touring Victoria grants is bringing an array of creative experiences to regional Victoria.

A man with a cane in front of a red curtain with the shadow of a ship on it

Promotional image from Michael Veitch's one man historical epic Hellship – the Journey of the Ticonderoga.

Grants totalling $520,248 will support tours taking place across regional Victoria in 2018 and 2019 by some of Victoria’s most innovative arts and cultural organisations.

Funding will be provided for the Victorian leg of the national tour of Geraldine Aron’s My Brilliant Divorce, a comedy starring Mandi Lodge. Kieran Carroll’s The Truth Is Longer Than a Lie, a play investigating children’s experiences of family abuse, in partnership with the Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault, will tour destinations including Mildura, Ballarat, Bendigo, and Shepparton.

Regional Arts Victoria will take part two of its 2018 touring program to more than 30 regional and outer metropolitan destinations including Apollo Bay, Kyneton, Warburton and Yea. The program includes Damien Callinan’s comedy Swing Man, performances by Southern Ocean Sea Band, and Michael Veitch's one man historical epic Hellship – the Journey of the Ticonderoga.

Collaboration and skills exchange will be incorporated into many of these regional tours. The Village Festival of New Performance in Benalla is set to host community engagement activities alongside its performance schedule and Circus Oz will run a circus workshop program. Flinders Quartet will also host mentorship opportunities for teen string players in partnership with the John Noble Quartet Program.

Touring Victoria provides grants to Victorian arts organisations and artists to tour performances, programs or exhibitions to regional and outer metropolitan areas.The program ensures that communities of all sizes reap the benefits of the state’s $23 billion creative and cultural economy.

Applications for the next round of the Touring Victoria program will close 5pm 12 July 2018, for projects taking place from 1 January 2019.

Find out more about the program

Touring Victoria grant recipients

Kieran Carroll, $22,300
Tour of Kieran Carroll’s The Truth Is Longer Than a Lie, a play investigating children’s experiences of family abuse and professional intervention. The tour is presented in partnership with Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault and performances will be accompanied by Q&A forums with industry professionals. Destinations include: Mildura, Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Moe, Traralgon.

Circus Oz, $98,710
Support for the Victorian leg of the national tour of Precarious, Circus Oz’s new main stage production. The tour will include a circus workshop program at each destination. Destinations: Sale, Bendigo and Warragul.

Flinders QuartetInc, $15,000
Tour of two concert programs that showcase compositions by emerging composers alongside well-known repertoire. The tour will include mentorship opportunities for teen string quartets in partnership with the John Noble Quartet Program, and shared performances with local musical groups to support the development of emerging musicians. Destinations include: Shepparton, Romsey, Eltham, Wyndham Vale, Warragul, Ballarat, Dromana, Bendigo.

HIT Productions, $84,500
Support for the Victorian leg of the national tour of Geraldine Aron’s My Brilliant Divorce, a comedy starring Mandi Lodge. Performances will be accompanied by community engagement activities. Destinations include: Bairnsdale, Buchan, Mallacoota, Wodonga, Sale, Mooroolbark, Kyneton, Pyramid Hill, Elmore, Heathcote, Bendigo, St Arnaud, Dunkheld, Balmoral, Ararat, Colac, Upwey, Warragul, Drysdale, Murchison, Tatura, Dookie.

Opera Australia, $132,799
Support for the Victorian leg of the national tour of a new production of Bizet’s Carmen. Performances will be accompanied by education workshops and the Regional Children's Chorus program which gives children in regional areas the opportunity to perform onstage with Opera Australia during the tour. Destinations include: Bendigo, Wangaratta, Mildura, Sale, Warragul, Bunjil Place - Narre Warren.

Regional ArtsVictoria, $123,000
Delivery of the second part of Regional Arts Victoria’s 2018 touring program. Featuring Damien Callinan’s comedic Swing Man, performances by Southern Ocean Sea Band, Michael Veitch's one man historical epic Hellship – the Journey of the Ticonderoga, Finucane & Smith’s Dance Hall, St Martins’ Fitter.Faster.Better, and Suitcase Royale’s Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon. The program will take in more than 30 regional and outer metropolitan destinations. Destinations include: Apollo Bay, Ararat, Archies Creek, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Birregurra, Bruthen, Cape Otway, Colac, Drysdale, Hamilton, Healesville, Horsham, Katamatite, Kerang, Kyneton, Montrose, Narre Warren, Portland, Ruffy, Sale, Swan Hill, Tallarook, Terang, Trafalgar, Traralgon, Wangaratta, Warburton, Warragul, Warrnambool, Werribee, Wodonga, Yarck, Yea.

The VillageFestival of New Performance, $43,939
To present The Village Festival in Benalla as part of the 2018 Benalla Festival. The program will include community engagement activities in the lead up to the festival, re-invention of the Benalla Street Parade, a school drama program, and a food-based performance The World Kitchen.