Communities across Queensland are poised to enjoy an enriched arts and cultural landscape, thanks to a substantial investment of $3.8 million over the next three years in arts touring services. The initiative aims to foster accessible and high-quality artistic experiences for residents throughout the state.
Shake & Stir, a well-regarded Queensland-based arts organization known for its exceptional curriculum-aligned performances in schools, has been selected to spearhead the Schools Touring Services for children and youth in regional and remote communities. With an allocation of $2.5 million over the next three years, Shake & Stir will focus on delivering engaging performances, workshops, and educational resources that enhance curriculum learning. Additionally, professional development opportunities for teachers will be offered, ensuring a holistic approach to arts education.
Stage Queensland, the pinnacle organization representing performing arts centers in the state, is slated to receive nearly $1.3 million over three years to implement an innovative State-wide Touring Services model. This program aims to foster collaboration between presenters and producers across Queensland, generating fresh job opportunities and reinvigorating venues such as halls, theaters, galleries, outdoor spaces, and festivals.
By adopting sustainable touring strategies, Stage Queensland’s approach seeks to bolster touring initiatives, offer essential brokerage support, and stimulate market growth. To foster inclusivity, a First Nations tour coordinator will work towards amplifying opportunities for First Nations arts touring, including enhancing audience engagement and diversifying presentation spaces.
These new developments expand on the groundwork laid by Arts Queensland’s Touring Queensland Fund, which already supports both single and multi-year tours, alongside associated workshops and school outreach programs.
Shake & Stir, a prominent contemporary theater company, has been captivating audiences across Australia and New Zealand since its establishment in 2006. The company’s impressive repertoire includes acclaimed productions such as Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, Jane Eyre, and George’s Marvellous Medicine, which have all received widespread acclaim in metropolitan and regional venues alike.
Stage Queensland, formerly known as NARPACA, champions the performing arts through a dynamic network of members who collectively provide Northern Australia’s most extensive range of performing arts offerings. Through fostering collaboration, accessibility, and community engagement, the organization is dedicated to enriching the cultural lives of Queensland residents and visitors alike.
As Queensland’s artistic landscape continues to evolve, these investments promise to bring about vibrant growth and accessibility in the realm of arts and culture, ensuring a thriving creative environment for all.