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Queensland communities and arts sector to benefit from boost in arts touring services

Communities throughout Queensland will access high quality arts and cultural experiences through investment in arts touring services of $3.8 million over three years.

Shake & Stir, a Queensland arts organisation renowned for its repertoire of high-quality curriculum-connected performances in schools, will be contracted to deliver Schools Touring Services for children and young people in kindergartens and schools in regional and remote communities.

Investment of $2.5 million over three years will support Shake & Stir’s delivery of schools touring services, including performances and workshops that enhance curriculum, as well as arts education resources and professional development for teachers.

Investment of almost $1.3 million over three years will support Stage Queensland, the industry peak body for performing arts centres in Queensland, to deliver a new model of State-wide Touring Services.

These services will support presenter and producer partnerships across the state, create new employment opportunities and activate halls, theatres, galleries, outdoor venues and festivals.

Stage Queensland’s touring services will grow sustainable touring approaches, provide vital touring brokerage support and market growth.  A First Nations tour coordinator will help activate opportunities for First Nations arts touring including audience development and use of diverse presentation spaces.

These new services build on Arts Queensland’s Touring Queensland Fund, which supports single and multi-year tours, accompanying workshops and school programs.