• regional

7 January 2022

Arts and culture fans in regional Victoria will experience world-class performances in their local venues and see local productions brought to life, backed by new support from the Victorian Government’s Touring Victoria and Small Regional Presenters programs.

Touring Victoria provides grants to arts and cultural organisations, performers and creatives to help them to take professional productions, performances, exhibitions and programs to regional and outer-metropolitan Victoria.

This year’s program has awarded grants of more than $765,000 to eight tours including The Australian Ballet for performances in Mildura and Bendigo, singer-songwriter Kutcha Edwards’s tour of 26 locations and a Melbourne Symphony Orchestra tour of nine centres including Wangaratta, Warragul, Shepparton, Ballarat, Bendigo and Mildura.

The MSO’s initiative takes in concerts, free pre-concert lectures, schools and community workshops and rehearsals with community choirs.

Also receiving funding are tours of The Alphabet of Awesome Science and Barbaroi, contemporary art exhibitions by National Exhibitions Touring Support Victoria, all-female circus-comedy show Don’t Mess with the Dummies, and Finucane & Smith’s Travelling Dance Hall – the Whole of Community Celebration, along with a 25-destination tour by the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.

The Small Regional Presenters program, delivered by Regional Arts Victoria, provides grants to community groups and not for profit organisations, helping them bring performing arts shows to their local communities.

Grants totalling almost $120,000 have been awarded to 11 recipients who will stage a range of theatre performances, concerts, art and education programs and literary events.

Events will be presented at locations including Kaniva, Stratford, Queenscliff, Portarlington, Avenel, Apollo Bay, Birregurra, Creswick and Lakes Entrance.

These include The Bellarine Sessions, a series of concerts in coastal towns around the Bellarine Peninsula, a series of community concerts in Creswick and kickstART, a year-long community focused program of performances in Stratford. In the north east, there is support for six live performances to be held at local halls in the King Valley.


Small Regional Presenters 2021 recipients list 

LINK NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE, Kaniva, $13,731

Presentation of two performances – Junklandia and Balkan Elvis – as part of the Kaniva and Birchip Neighbourhood House 2022 Program.

STRATFORD COURTHOUSE INC, Stratford, $15,000

Stratford Courthouse Theatre presents kickstART – a year-long, community-focused program of vibrant professional performances.

QUEENSCLIFFE LITERARY FESTIVAL, Queenscliff, $3,150

Queenscliff Literary Festival presents Hysterica, four original monologues telling the stories of Joy Hester, Alice Anderson, Elizabeth Gould and Dawn Faizey-Webster.

NATIONAL CELTIC FOLK FESTIVAL, PORTARLINGTON, $15,000

Presentation of The Bellarine Sessions – five concerts staged in unique settings across small coastal towns and the surrounds of the Bellarine Peninsula.

AVENEL ACTIVE INC, Avenel, $4,600

Presentation of two performances of Peaceful Piano, a double-bill show featuring post-classical pianists and composers Luke Howard and Nat Bartsch.

WINTERWILD (AUSPICED BY APOLLO BAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE), APOLLO BAY, $15,000

Apollo Bay’s WinterWild festival presents a new work by artistic collective APHIDS.  Aphids directs and presents a co-created performance responding to Apollo Bay’s environmental and cultural settings.

BIRREGURRA COMMUNITY ARTS GROUP (SUBCOMMITTEE OF BIRREGURRA COMMUNITY GROUP), BIRREGURRA, $2,205

Presentation of Junklandia, a production about two brothers from a faraway planet embarking on a mission to teach earthlings the 'Junklandian' ways of creative recycling and be resourceful with rubbish.

THE DOG THEATRE INC, PAYNESVILLE, $15,000

A Dog Theatre Presentation of The Waiting Room, a physical theatre performance piece and improvisation workshops.

KING VALLEY ARTS INC, KING VALLEY, $14,384

King Valley Arts Presents - 2022 Season offers six live performances at local halls across the King Valley.

CRESWICK NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE INC, CRESWICK, $14,900

Presentation of four concerts involving professional and community players coming together in four locations around the town of Creswick.

PROM RECITALS (AUSPICED BY FABELO INCORPORATED), YANAKIE, $5,648

Prom Recitals presents two classical ensemble performances.


Touring Victoria 2021 recipients list

AUSPICIOUS ARTS PROJECTS INC FOR KUTCHA EDWARDS, HAWTHORN, $35,478

Mutti Mutti singer/songwriter Kutcha Edwards performs in 26 locations in regional Victoria.

NICHOLAS CLARK MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, CHELTENHAM, $49,650

Two original Australian productions – The Alphabet of Awesome Science and Barbaroi – visit  26 regional and outer metro venues in 2022.

THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET, SOUTHBANK, $75,000

The Australian Ballet Regional Tour takes world-class ballet to Mildura and Bendigo with 30 dancers performing a selection of new and much-loved classical works, alongside a community engagement program.

NATIONAL EXHIBITIONS TOURING SUPPORT VICTORIA INC (NETS), MELBOURNE, $272, 114

NETS Victoria's Touring Exhibition Program 2022-2024 presents two contemporary art exhibitions by Victorian artists at seven Victorian venues.

TRASH TEST DUMMIES PTY LTD T/A DUMMIES CORP, ELTHAM, $24,872

All-female circus-comedy show – Don’t Mess with The Dummies tours to regional and outer metro Victorian locations.

MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PTY LTD, MELBOURNE, $120,000

MSO Regional Touring 2022sees the Orchestra visit nine regional Victorian communities with a vision to meet the unique needs of each region and increase access to professional arts and cultural programming.

FINUCANE AND SMITH INC, FITZROY NORTH, $80,000

Finucane and Smith's national tour Travelling Dance Hall - the Whole of Community Celebration visits 33 locations in Victoria.

MELBOURNE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA INC, MELBOURNE, $108,266

Melbourne Chamber Orchestra 2022 Touring Season is a state-wide program of orchestral and chamber music touring, visiting 25 destinations.