Helpmann Awards set to shine as Ceremony details announced

Michael Lynch CBE AMLive Performance Australia (LPA) has announced the details of the 16th annual Helpmann Awards, which will see the stars of the live performance industry come together with fans for a remarkable night on Monday 25 July at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.

The Helpmann Awards are the premier celebration of Australia’s vibrant live performance industry and recognise distinguished achievement and excellence in Australia’s live performance sectors, including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre, children’s presentations, regional touring, and cabaret.

“The Helpmann Awards celebrate the many hands and hearts engaged in making the live performance industry the dynamic and creative powerhouse that is enjoyed by 18.5 million people each year in Australia,” said Evelyn Richardson, LPA Chief Executive.

Jon Nicholls returns to the role of Executive Producer, continuing his long and successful history with the Helpmann Awards. The full program for the 16th annual Helpmann Awards, including award category nominees, will be announced in June.

Live Performance Australia is honoured to announce Michael Lynch CBE AM as the recipient of this year’s Sue Nattrass Award. This prestigious award honours exceptional service to the Australian live performance industry shining a spotlight on people in service roles that support our industry.

Michael Lynch CBE AM is an exceptional arts administrator with an enviable reputation worldwide. He has held positions at: Sydney Theatre Company; Australia Council for the Arts; Sydney Opera House; South Bank Centre, London; and West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. He has operated at a board level for the ABC and Film Victoria.

“I am humbled at the recognition by my peers in the performing arts business. To be given the award named after the precious Sue Nattrass – a legend in this business gives me a great thrill. I am honoured to receive the award,” said Mr Lynch.

At a function earlier today, Mr Lynch addressed a group of business and arts practitioners at the Currency House Creativity and Business Breakfast. Titled East West Home’s Best? A reflection on art and politics, Mr Lynch took aim at the federal government’s management of Australian arts policy “… as one of the worst pieces of bad administration I have seen in almost 40 years of working in this sector.”

Tickets for the 16th annual Helpmann Awards will go on sale in April. For more information, visit: www.helpmannawards.com.au for details.

Image: Michael Lynch CBE AM

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