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Bringing the arts to regional Australia – $2 million for touring performing arts

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the recipients of close to $2 million ($1,972,523) offered through Playing Australia, which brings touring performing arts to audiences across Australia.

The latest Playing Australia grant recipients tour to 150 locations across Australia, with 66 % of performances taking place in regional and remote communities.

The grants support creative activity spanning children’s, physical, and musical theatre, chamber and cross cultural music, ballet, and contemporary Indigenous dance.

Playing Australia recipients include;


  • Gravity and Other Myth’s Backbone, a world class circus work will tour to 13 regional locations across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia.
  • HIT Productions – A national tour in 2020 of the music theatre production The Sapphires
  • Performing Lines – A national tour of Ghenoa Gela’s solo work MY URRWAI to 14 locations across Victoria, NSW  QLD and NT
  • Bangarra Dance Theatre – to present Bennelong in regional Victoria, NT and far North Queensland
  • The Australian Ballet – The 2019 Tour of Coppélia to regional Victoria, NSW and SA.
  • Tura New Music – Touring the acclaimed cross cultural production Bambula through regional NT
  • Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People – Jackie French’s Hitler’s Daughter will tour to 16 venues in NSW, ACT, Victoria and QLD
  • arTour – National tour of shake & Stir’s production of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts
  • Australian Chamber Orchestra – supporting the ACO Collective’s Beethoven & Beyond Tour to regional Queensland and New South Wales.

Applications for the next round of Playing Australia grants close Tuesday 2 October.

More information is available on the Australia Council website.



Brianna Roberts


(02) 9215 9030

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