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ARENA THEATRE BOUND FOR CHINA

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

ARENA THEATRE BOUND FOR CHINA

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Movingto Bendigo was just the start for Arena Theatre Company, with the news that thegroup is set to further expand its horizons thanks to an Andrews LaborGovernment grant to support the company’s first ever tour to China. 

LocalState Members Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards today announced the grant throughCreative Victoria’s International Engagement program, which will help thecompany take its production Sunny Ray and the Magnificent Moon to Beijing inAugust for the China National Children’s Theatre Festival.

ArenaTheatre is the only Australian company invited to participate in the festivaland one of just 10 international productions that will feature in this year’sprogram. 

SunnyRay and the Magnificent Moon is a cabaret and theatre show aimed at 4-8 yearolds, created by Arena Theatre in collaboration with Clare Bartholomew andDaniel Tobias of the award-winning comedy duo Otto and Astrid. 

Nowin its eighth year, the annual Children’s Theatre Festival is a celebration ofperformances from across the globe created for children and young people. 

Thefestival is held alongside the International Association of Theatre forChildren and Young People conference, which brings together 400 delegates frommore than 50 countries to gather, network and learn from each other.

Inaddition to performing at the festival, the Arena team will participate in theconference, presenting a workshop for delegates to see their unique artisticprocess, which uses digital technologies to engage with young people to developnew work. 

Thistour to China is part of Arena’s goal of being recognised globally as a leaderin children’s theatre. In the past five years the team has undertakenresidencies in partnership with theatre companies in Japan and Singapore andthey have also hosted, and created work with, artists from China, Singapore,South Korea and Canada.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo EastJacinta Allan

“It’sbeen less than a year since we welcomed Arena Theatre Company to Bendigo and weare proud to be supporting the company to continue to grow and build itsnational and international reputation.” 

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo WestMaree Edwards

“Thistour is a significant opportunity for the team to build links not just in Chinabut across the globe. I wish them all the best and look forward to thembringing their learnings back to our creative community.” 

Quote attributable to Christian Leavesley,Artistic Director, Arena Theatre Company

“Arenais delighted and excited to be representing Australia at this incredibleinternational event.”

“Weare looking forward to sharing our art with the world, and being part of theinternational conversation about the most important work being done in theatretoday.”

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