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Regional Arts Boards share in funding injection for regional theatre projects

Arts Upper Hunter and Eastern Riverina Arts are among eight arts organisations to share in almost $400,000 for theatre project funding as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to boost community participation in the arts across regional NSW.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the NSW Government is supporting theatre makers to develop new artistic works, helping to create thriving arts scenes in regional communities.

‘The arts can play an important role strengthening regional communities by promoting social cohesion, encouraging creativity and supporting tourism and the economy,’ Mr Grant said.

‘The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is funding projects that engage and develop regional arts, cultural workers and audiences. These projects develop the skills of regional playwrights, actors, production staff and other creative practitioners, and help grow audiences for regional theatre. The funding will support the development of new theatre works presented and produced by people living in regional communities and performed by regional actors,’ Mr Grant said.

The Government’s new NSW Arts and Cultural Policy Framework aims to better engage regional communities in the arts and provide new opportunities for people to take part in cultural activities as part of their daily lives. The Regional Theatre Project supports this offering funding of up to $60,000 for one year or up to $75,000 for projects delivered over two years.

Regional Arts NSW CEO, Elizabeth Rogers, said it was wonderful to see these fantastic regional theatre projects funded by the NSW Government.

‘It opens up new opportunities for regional theatre practitioners, fosters collaborations and provides new experiences for audiences,’ Ms Rogers said.

The regional theatre projects to receive funding are:

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