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TNA CaPT Bulletin – August 2019

Dear Colleagues,

Please find the third quarterly bulletin for 2019 below.

Thank you to those who filled out the Rigging Survey and/or passed it on. We are pleased that we got 171 responses! We are compiling the results and will work towards releasing the report in November.

Safe Theatres continues to be a priority work area – we will adapt our workshop material to include the CaPT context in the coming Queensland workshop at the Brisbane Powerhouse, and at our CaPT national gathering at Sidesault Festival in November.

In the meantime, stay in touch with us. And chookas to everyone in Edinburgh!

Jamie, Nicole, Simone and Bethany
Theatre Network Australia


23 Sep – Safe Theatres Workshop Queensland, Brisbane Powerhouse – FREE
Supported by Live Performance Australia (LPA), Safe Theatres Australia (STA), La Boite, Brisbane Powerhouse, Cluster Arts, Arts Front and Queensland Theatre, this free workshop provides industry updates and round-table scenario discussions to give a practical understanding of the current issues around addressing sexual harassment and bullying in our industry. Theatre, dance, circus, experimental companies and independent artists are invited. Mon 23 Sep, 1.30pm- 4.30pm at Brisbane Powerhouse. Book here.

16 Oct – ‘Converge’ – National Symposium in Melbourne
Join us for ‘Converge’ – a National Symposium on Theatre and Young People at Abbotsford Convent. 9.30am – 6.00pm, Wed 16 Oct 2019. Full program and registration info announced in the coming weeks.

14 Nov – Save the date: CaPT Sector Gathering at Sidesault Festival, Melbourne
TNA’s next National CaPT Sector Gathering will be held in November at The Melba Spiegeltent during Sidesault at the Melba. Hear from colleagues, TNA, and the CaPT Advisory Group. More details soon.


30 Aug – Creative State 2020 – Add your voice!
Building on the foundations of the Victorian Government’s first Creative State strategy, Creative Victoria are now seeking views from across the creative and cultural sectors. Help shape the 2020-2024 strategy by contributing your ideas here. We strongly encourage the CaPT sector to respond!

15 Sep – Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program EOIs open
The Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency Program focuses on supporting artists to develop works that are site-specific or site-responsive, and build your professional network and share your work with diverse audiences. Open to artists in all artforms. More info.


15 Aug – BLAKflip Masterclass EOIs open, Circus Oz
Circus Oz is on the hunt for First Nations performers and practitioners to join their week-long intensive BLAKflip Masterclasses. Masterclasses run between Monday 18 – Saturday 23 November 2019. EOIs due 15 Aug. To apply, contact Carly Sheppard, BLAKflip Artform Development Producer here.

17 & 18 Aug – German Wheel masterclass with master trainer, Wolfgang Bientzle
Wolfgang Bientzle coached German wheel for Cirque du Soleil and is in Sydney for one week. Wolfgang will teach group lessons in Tempe near Sydney airport. Adults and kids are welcome. Each group lesson costs $45. Book here.

1 Sep – Circus TrickTease – Hand2Hand Incentive – $2k seed funding
Open to Australian artists looking to present new and risky ideas on stage. $2k cash awarded to two artists in 2019 – artists to “hand” back the funds at the end of the season to benefit artists in the next round. Applications close 1 Sep. More info.

2 Sep – NICA Bachelor and Cert IV in Circus Arts applications
Apply for the internationally recognised National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) Bachelor and Cert IV in Circus Arts if you’ve got a background in gymnastics, circus arts, dance, calisthenics, physical theatre, or similar and looking for the next big challenge. More info.

12 &13 Sep – ‘Make Space’ – Youth Arts Summit 2019, Adelaide
The National Youth Arts Summit will be held on 12-13 Sep at Carclew, North Adelaide. Day 1 is for young creatives (under 30). Day 2 is for all professional arts organisations, cultural leaders, artists, young creatives and policy makers. Booking details here.

15-19 Apr 2020 – Save the date: Catapult Festival, Bathurst NSW
Catapult National Youth Circus and Physical Theatre Festival will return to Bathurst – a meeting point for metropolitan, regional and remote youth circus practitioners and professionals. Programming is underway, and troupes across Australia are welcome. Follow on facebook to stay updated or get in touch


22 – 24 Oct – Circostrada’s International Seminar for the Development of Circus Arts
The 2019 seminar will take place in Auch, France, during Circa Festival. Fresh Circus #5 will adapt the traditional conference model and look at the relation between circus and territories, with an emphasis on rurality. More info.


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