Performing Arts Connections (PAC) Australia’s Drover Awards recognise excellence in the field of performing arts touring – acknowledging the companies that are committed to delivering performances to the millions of audiences in communities across Australia.
With the distance between regional towns often so huge, the decision to tour a performing arts production is a serious undertaking, requiring massive commitment in both time and resources.
The Drover Awards recognise not only the operational commitment required, but the artistic determination to ensure that regional audiences have the opportunity to experience the calibre of work available to capital city audiences.
PAC Australia extends a warm congratulations to the following companies that have been selected as finalists for the 16th annual Drover Awards.
Finalists for 2019 Drover Award for Performing Arts Centre of the Year:
The Art House Wyong – NSW
Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre – NSW
Merrigong Theatre Company – NSW
Queens Park Theatre – WA
Finalists for 2019 Drover Award for Tour of the Year:
The Farm – QLD: Cockfight (Performing Lines in association with Arts on Tour – NSW)
Australian Dance Theatre – SA: The Beginning of Nature
Contemporary Asian Australian Performance – NSW: In Between Two (Arts on Tour – NSW)
A third award, Touring Legend, recognises an outstanding contribution to performing arts touring in Australia determined by expert industry professionals sitting on the PAC Australia Board of Management.
This year’s winners will be announced on Thursday 29 August on the Sunshine Coast at the closing celebration dinner of the 33rd annual PAC Australia conference; REAP: More. Deeper. Different. The Conference runs Monday 26 – Thursday 29 August 2019. For more information, visit: www.paca.org.au for details.
Image: In Between Two – photo by Sarah Walker