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23 December 2019

A smorgasbord of creative events and performances are set to tour Victoria’s regional cities and towns in 2020, including hip-hop, ballet, theatre, orchestras and children’s shows.

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Nearly $600,000 will help nine grant recipients take 160 creative activities to 63 destinations across Victoria as part of the State Government’s Touring Victoria program.

First Nations Elder and Victoria’s 2020 Australian of the Year Archie Roach will take his life story and music on the road with Tell Me Why, while folk singer and pop punk poet Alana Wilkinson will perform at the 2020 Festival of Small Halls travelling to 14 small towns including Loch, Port Albert, Merton and Stanley.

Theatre lovers will enjoy shows like Red Stitch’s American Song by Joanna Murray-Smith and Lamb, a piece on dementia by Jane Bodie with music by Mark Seymour; A Migrant’s Son, a cabaret work by Michaela Burger; and The Listies’ award-winning kids’ comedy Rolling on the Floor Laughing so Hard.

Orchestra Victoria’s Bendigo Festival 2020 will serenade audiences in Central Victoria with various concerts for adults and children, a cabaret and initiatives to improve accessibility to concerts.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Regional Touring Program will travel to 11 destinations, including Mildura, Warragul, Ballarat and Wangaratta, with performances of Swan Lake and Saint-Saens and Handel’s Messiah, a celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, and family concert Indigenous Lullabies.


Antony Attridge, $7500

Locations to be announced.

Screenings of Burn Gently, an Australian hip hop documentary, accompanied by live interviews and panel discussions. The film is directed by Sensible Antixx and co-produced by Hideaway Productions and N'fa Jones.

DanceBourne Arts, $7500

Drysdale and Wonthaggi.

Presentation of DanceBourne Arts’ recently revised Pointe, Line and Surface, a performance exploring the history of ballet, with accompanying workshops at local dance schools in Drysdale and Wonthaggi.

Performing Lines, $23 407

Cardinia Shire Council, HotHouse Theatre – Wodonga, Greater Shepparton City Council, Latrobe City Council and Geelong Arts Centre.

Presentation of Jessie Lloyd’s Mission Songs Project, an initiative reviving First Nations songs about life on the ‘mish’, at four regional locations and one outer metropolitan location in 2020 as part of a national tour. The Wodonga and Geelong based editions will also include community engagement activities.

Woodfordia Inc, $25, 000

Loch, Port Albert, Port Fairy, Red Cliffs, Wycheproof, Pomonal, Glenlyon, Sedgwick, Merton, Hallston, Heyfield, Tarwin Lower, Stanley and Barnawartha.

To support emerging folk singer and pop punk poet Alana Wilkinson’s tour with the 2020 Festival of Small Halls. The festival will travel to 14 regional destinations across Victoria as part of a national tour and will offer community workshops and performance opportunities for local support acts along the way.

Play On Presents, $30, 396

Locations to be announced.

To tour Tell Me Why by Archie Roach, the life story of the iconic First Nations Elder, performer and storyteller, based on his memoir and album of the same name. The tour is travelling to 12 regional and two outer metropolitan destinations in 2020, and will include support act opportunities for local First Nations musicians, as well as meet-and-greet sessions and book and CD signings.

Orchestra Victoria, $ 75, 000

Presentation of the Orchestra Victoria Bendigo Festival 2020, a program of concerts and activities in Bendigo and surrounding towns including five chamber music concerts; a brass concert; a sensory concert; a series of children’s concerts in local libraries, including a bilingual concert in English and Karen; the mOVe education program of workshops and performances; a goldfields cabaret; a live performance to a silent film; plus initiatives to improve access to concerts for parents, refugees, children and the elderly.

Mary Souness, $128 960

Alexandra, Bena, Bright, Charlton, Lakes Entrance, Mallacoota, Orbost, Ruby, Ruffy, Tarwin Lower, Toora, Wangaratta and Yarroweyah.

To tour the 2020 Café Culture Series to 13 regional destinations, featuring The Royal Hi Jinks; western–swing band The Canyon Callers; music designed to make your laugh out loud from Lady Ha Ha!; and Argentinian singer and dancer Juan Vernon with La Bussa Tango. The performances are accompanied by a music and dance workshop program.

Critical Stages, $142 833

Traralgon, Warragul, Shepparton, Swan Hill, Portland, Wodonga, Ararat, Gannawarra, Geelong and Mildura.

To tour four theatre productions to various regional destinations: Red Stitch Actors Theatre’s American Song, a show about gun violence by Joanna Murray Smith; Red Stitch Actors Theatre’s Lamb, a piece on dementia by Jane Bodie with music by Mark Seymour; A Migrant’s Son, a cabaret work paying tribute to her Greek migrant family by Michaela Burger; and Rolling on the Floor Laughing so Hard by The Listies, an award-winning children’s comedy. Each show is accompanied by community engagement activities.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, $157 000

Bendigo, Mildura, Warragul, Shepparton, Ballarat, Port Fairy and Wangaratta.

Presentation of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 2020 Regional Touring Program in 11 regional destinations. The program includes the MSO in concert with British composers, The Lark Ascending; Swan Lake and Saint-Saens and Handel’s Messiah; Indigenous Lullabies, a family concert in partnership with regional First Peoples communities and language custodians; Melbourne Ensemble performing works by Beethoven in celebration of his 250th birthday; a schools production of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf; and a program of community engagement activities.

Each concert is to be opened by a musical acknowledgement of country developed with Deborah Cheetham and First Peoples language custodians.