G21 region shares in presenters grants


G21 region towns will share in a big dose of creativity thanks to a Victoria-wide injection of more than $100,000 by the state government to help local groups bring performers to the regions.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley recently (9 July 2019) announced that 13 community groups across Victoria had received support through the latest round of the Small Regional Presenters program.

Collectively the recipients will present 38 shows at 17 locations including in the G21 region at Point Lonsdale, Apollo Bay and Lorne.

Several performances will also include opportunities for community members, local performers or school students to undertake workshops with the visiting artists.

Launched in 2016, the Small Regional Presenters program enables regionally-based community groups, venues and organisations to attract performances to their communities and supports the costs of presenting shows.

“Victoria is the creative state and the Small Regional Presenters program is one way we are ensuring that creativity thrives right across Victoria, including in our smallest communities,” Minister Foley said.

“The program brings a diverse range of performances to regional communities and supports local groups to build on their capacity to manage tours and present performances.”

Small Regional Presenters program – G21 region recipients:

Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce - $15,000

To present acclaimed performance group Snuff Puppets at the 2019 WinterWild Festival in Apollo Bay from 30-31 August 2019. During their stay the Snuff Puppets team will undertake a day-long workshop for local performers, work with the community to develop a parade event, give a performance on the beach, and perform as part of Feastability, the end of festival banquet.

Lighthouse Arts Collective, Point Lonsdale - $9,175

For the presentation of four concerts that showcase diverse artists at Point Lonsdale’s New Hall from July to October 2019:

• Ella Thompson, contemporary electronic composition - (26 July)
• singer-songwriter Jess Ribeiro - (9 August)
• Lamine Sonko, Afro-Jazz and Afro-beat and combining contemporary and traditional music - (6 September), and
• Parvyn Singh, lead singer of The Bombay Royale, and Noriko Tadano, traditional Japanese vocalist and Master of the shamisen  - (11 October).

As part of the program, some of the featured artists will also undertake workshops with local primary school students.

Lorne Community Arts and Culture Foundation - $3,750

To present a special live performance as part of the 2019 Lorne Festival of Performing Arts. The show will be accompanied by a workshop for the Lorne community.

For the full list of grant recipients across Victoria, go to creative.vic.gov.au/news

Source: A state government media release.