Australian talent helped onto the world stage

Slingsby-The-Boy-Who-Talked-to-Dogs-photo-by-Andy-RasheedThe Albanese Government is supporting Australian artists onto the world stage, with funding for seven projects through the International Cultural Diplomacy Arts Fund.

More than half a million dollars will help showcase Australia’s talent to a global audience across Europe, the United States and the Pacific, including four projects supporting First Nations artists and performers. Amongst the successful projects:

  • $106,400 to Wantok Musik Foundation to support First Nations artist development and cultural exchanges in Timor Leste and Bouganville.
  • $100,000 to The Australian Institute of Architects to support participation and First Nations representation at the 18th Venice Biennale Architecture Exhibition.
  • $100,000 to The Australian Ballet to travel to London for their first international tour since 2019 where they will perform Jewels – a three-part ballet, celebrating George Balachine’s vision of three jewels, Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds at the Royal Opera House.
  • $80,000 to Australian Theatre Live to support the launch of the Australian Theatre Live on Demand platform in the United States.
  • $67,958 to the band Voyager, who proudly represented Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest – finishing in the top ten with their song Promise.
  • $57,114 to Slingsby Theatre to support a tour to Ireland of The Boy Who Talked to Dogs.
  • $29,800 to Paradise Palette to support Papua New Guinean artist development and participate in cultural exchanges in Cairns.

Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke, said the funding would highlight Australia’s creative arts on the world stage. “Making sure Australian stories and the work of Australian artists is front and centre is critical,” he said.

“It’s a pathway for Australians to know themselves, for us to know each other, and for the world to know us. That’s exactly what this support will do,” said Mr Burke.

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Image: The Boy Who Talked to Dogs – photo by Andy Rasheed