*Saturday, August 8th: 2020 National Indigenous Music Awards @7:00pm AEST

National Indigenous Music Awards


*Sunday, August 9th: QLD Musical Theatre Trivia @4:00pm AEST

Pig ‘n’ Whistle, Riverside QMT Trivia


*Monday, August 10th: Broadway Plugged- in @8:00pm AEST

Broadway Plugged- in


*Saturday, August 15th: Home Grown- Songs For A Future Oz @7:30pm AEST

Home Grown


*Monday, August 17th: The Story Chunder @7:00pm AEST

Back Dock Arts, Brisbane The Story Chunder



Arts Centre, Melbourne unveils new online exhibition

In 2019, the Australian Performing Arts Collection (APAC) welcomed an exciting donation of costumes worn by Dame Joan Sutherland from Opera Australia. Comprising 30 complete costumes, the collection spans the breadth of Sutherland’s expansive repertoire and includes gowns, head pieces, jewellery, wigs and shoes from over three decades on the world stage.

Born in Sydney in 1926, Joan Sutherland was encouraged to sing by her mother, a talented mezzo soprano. At 19 she began formal training with John and Aida Dickens and performed in concerts, oratorios and broadcasts around Australia, winning the Sun Aria competition in 1949 and the Mobile Quest in 1950. She left Australia in 1951 to study at the Royal College of Music in London and became a member of the Company of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in 1952.

Joan Sutherland was awarded a DBE in 1975 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to opera and retired from the professional stage in 1990.

Grand can be viewed at https://stories.artscentremelbourne.com.au/grand/

Opera Australia Melbourne Season Launch. Picture Julie Kiriacoudis



Home Of The Arts (HOTA) to continue with Fireside program

In line with the QLD Government’s COVID-19 rules, Home Of The Arts (HOTA) have announced that their Fireside program which is due to commence later this month at their venue on the Gold Coast will go ahead.

Further details on the event and a copy of HOTA’s COVID Safe Plan can be found at Fireside .



Assistance: Victorian Actors’ Benevolent Trust

A letter from the Victorian Actors’ Benevolent Trust (VABT):

With the announcement of further restrictions, now more than ever, if you are in need, know that the VABT is here to help. Financial Assistance by way of food vouchers is available to Victorian based professional performing artists, creatives and crew.The application process is quick, simple and confidential.
Whether you have lost work due to a cancelled production, are unable to practice your craft due to the ongoing restrictions, or are struggling to find employment as the industry remains dormant….the VABT’s COVID-19 Assistance is available. For more information, or to apply, head to http://www.vabt.com.au


Update: Green Room Awards

Faced with these difficult times, many local artists and creatives are re-imagining what’s possible by presenting in the digital space.  The Green Room Awards is likewise re-imagining itself. For a start, we’re encouraging registration for digital shows presented in 2020.

Because we know artists and companies are doing it tough, we’re making it free to register all shows this year.  The range of awards on offer will also be slightly reduced due to the fewer number of shows across most genres.  Instead, for this year only, we’re also looking to introduce a few special commendations.

Whatever the shape of the next awards ceremony will be, we’re committed to making it a vital gathering point for the sector and audiences.

Register now at: www.greenroom.org.au/register/


Update: Raise the Curtain

Frankston Arts Centre this week announced that their fundraiser Raise the Curtain which was live- streamed on July 30th raised a total of $11,630.00 for the performing artists and local companies affected by COVID.

If you missed the live-stream, it can be viewed on their YouTube channel:



Kate Miller- Heidke

Kate Miller- Heidke has announced that her new album Child In Reverse will be released on Friday, October 30th, 2020. The album features 11 new songs including ‘Deluded’ which was released as a single on Wednesday, August 5th.

The clip for ‘Deluded’ can be viewed at:

Further information on the album can be found at Child in Reverse


Jonathan Roxmouth featuring Claire Lyon

International performer Jonathan Roxmouth who is currently portraying The Phantom in the South Korean production of The Phantom of the Opera alongside Australian, Claire Lyon announced this week that his album PHANTASM will be released in December. Lyon appears on a few of the tracks.

You can pre-order the album at http://jonathanroxmouth.com/shop/

A video of Claire and Jonathan performing together can be viewed at:



Youth and Arts Pathways (YAAP) Program

Applications have opened for the Youth and Arts Pathways (YAAP) Program. Youth And Arts Pathways helps to attract and retain young people within the arts and cultural sector, and focuses on activities which support ongoing employment and career development.

The program is part of the Queensland Government’s Arts and Cultural Recovery Package of $22.5 million over two years to stabilise Queensland’s arts companies, secure employment for artists and arts workers and deliver COVID-safe cultural experiences for Queensland audiences.

Information on how to apply can be found at https://www.arts.qld.gov.au/aq-funding/youth-and-arts-pathways



Rikki Ashton- Harrison

Whilst COVID-19 has greatly affected the Arts community as a whole, I would like to share with you all some great news from the circus community. Wednesday, August 5th saw 14 year old Rikki Ashton- Harrison perform a his double somersaults for the first time on the opening night of his family’s show Infamous. The re-opening of the show after four months of closure and unsurity gives us room to breath and a glimmer of hope that the live performance industry will rise again.

With the reopening of our Infamous show Rikki Ashton was finally able to Debut his double somersaults in front of a live audience!!

Posted by Circus Joseph Ashton on Thursday, August 6, 2020


I am Spartacus

Australian Ballet’s dancer gladiators go head to head! After months of gruelling training to get back in shape after quarantine, it’s every man for themselves to win the right to declare I … AM … SPARTACUS!

I Am Spartacus

The dancer gladiators go head to head! After months of gruelling training to get back in shape after quarantine, it's every man for themselves to win the right to declare I … AM … SPARTACUS! A standing ovation to the creative team: Written, choreographed and directed by Garen Scribner and Danielle Rowe Produced and edited by Reneffolson Productions

Posted by The Australian Ballet on Friday, July 31, 2020



CATS Run Away to the Opera

It has been great seeing the Australian CATS contingent out supporting their fellow artists during a visit to The Phantom of the Opera. I am certain that fellow Aussie, Claire Lyon who plays Christine loved having people from home in the audience !

The CATS cast has been busy in the rehearsal room. Look at that amazing tape work on the floor!