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The Australian Theatre Forum 2013 is Booking Fast – Canberra Theatre Centre, 29-31 May, 2013
Registrations are now open and filling fast. If you’re planning on attending the ATF [or the other associated forums and gatherings in Canberra in May] you best get registering and organising your accommodation and transport. It’s going to be busy busy busy and accommodation will be at a premium. If you are within driving distance from Canberra, you may want to consider driving [or better yet, carpooling]. It’s cheaper and far more environmentally friendly that some other modes of transport.

16th March – ATF Briefing at the National Dance Forum 2013, Melbourne.
Nicole Beyer, Theatre Network Victoria’s Director, and producer of the Australian Theatre Forum, will give an update on what’s planned for the upcoming Australian Theatre Forum. A review of the top ten priorities that the Australian theatre sector determined in 2011 in Brisbane, and a sneak-peek of what’s influencing the agenda for May, including an overview of the Curator’s strategic vision. And time for questions from the audience. For more information, head to the NDF2013 webpage.


The Hon Simon Crean MP, Federal Minister for the Arts will launch the Government’s National Cultural Policy at 11.30am 13th March. The Press Club has advised us that you can watch it live on ABC 1 and 24, on Sky, and you can live stream it from the Press Club.

11th March – Applications for Earth Hour Australia Creative Arts Award close.
Earth Hour Australia is looking for inspiring projects – within the visual or performance arts – exploring environmental concerns, and offering audiences new ways of understanding and engaging with the issues.

12th March – Seminar: Writing for the International Theatre Market. [Sydney] $30-$50
Australia is less than 4% of the world theatre market, but many Australian theatre writers have been neglecting the remaining 96%. Hosted by Timothy Daly, this detailed and practical seminar shows you how to get your work into the world’s largest theatre markets in the U.S.A. and Europe, from someone who has successfully done it.

15th March – Applications for the first two 2013 National Script Workshops close.
Playwriting Australia is inviting submissions of early or incomplete drafts that demonstrate excellence in craft and originality. Two selected playwrights will have the opportunity to work alongside a director, dramaturg and a cast of actors in a two-week development workshop in May. Further details can be found on their website

18th March – Submissions for the Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists Fellowships close. [Brisbane] The Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists Fellowships Program supports young and emerging Brisbane artists and arts workers aged between 17 and 30. The program aims to develop artists who wish to join national or international training and development programs through participation in training programs, mentorship and structured experience.

20th March – Working with Video in Digital Media Marketing. [Hobart] FREE
Presented by Salamanca Arts Centre and the Theatre Council of Tasmania, this FREE 2-hour workshop aims to help you make your own promotional videos for minimal cost to help promote your shows/events/productions to a wider audience via online marketing.

21st to 22nd March – Creative Leadership Symposium. [Sydney]
Come and be inspired about the contribution board members and CEOs can make to the arts and non-profit sector. Join us for one and a half days of thinking, talking and listening about how boards can really make a difference to their organisations. (Half day registrations also available.)

26th March – Expressions of interest for Reg Murphy Centre close. [Sydney]
With Darlinghurst’s move to the Eternity Playhouse, the City of Sydney is looking for a new resident company to run the Reg Murphy Centre. The venue will include the existing theatre fit to enable the space to continue to be used as a working theatre.

1st April – Applications for Crack Theatre Festival are due. [Newcastle] Crack Theatre offers a diverse programme across a range of disciplines from installations to large-scale happenings, theatre, music, physical theatre, the visual arts and any combination of artistic practices. If it speaks to now, if it gives a voice to something suppressed, if it’s unique and exciting then this might be the festival for you.

8th April – Applications for the SITUATE Art in Festivals initiative close.
The Australia Council’s $250,000 Art in Festivals initiative is part of a suite of residencies and mentorships supported through the Australia Council’s Early Career Artists and Producers Program and is part of the more than $7m invested by the Australia Council in Tasmanian arts in the past year. The initiative is delivered by Salamanca Arts Centre, who were awarded the project in December through a competitive application process.


11th to 13th April – WATERSHED: National Theatre Summit for Young and Emerging Artists. [Canberra] Australia is overflowing with resources and potential for Young and Emerging Theatre Artists. We are amid the birth of the new ‘Gen C’ Generation Connected – but are we harnessing all the possibilities that our connectedness allows? WATERSHED is an inspiring 3 days of master classes, panel discussions, workshops and performances with interstate and international guest artists, to unlock untapped ideas, exploring new possibilities to connect locally, nationally and globally and to inspire innovative pathways for the future of the Australian Theatre Industry.

12th April – Applications for Australia Council’s Community Engagement Residency close.
The Community Engagement Residency supports innovative residencies alongside tours supported through other programs such as Playing Australia, Critical stages, Arts on Tour etc. These innovative residencies will involve the public and/or local artists in multifaceted opportunities that create an extra dimension to the theatre work being toured. Applicants who have already secured a tour via an existing program may apply for up to $15,000 towards their community engagement residency.

12th April – Applications for the Remount fund for independent artists close.
This fund supports remount costs for theatre works that have already had a premiere season and have secured a professional season of at least three nights either interstate or in the same state of the work’s premiere season. This season can be in a festival, a venue’s performance program, or as part of an Australian tour. Artists can apply for up to $15,000 depending on cast size. Theatre Board funds are to be used for the fees of the artists.

10th May – Artist registrations for the Sydney Fringe 2013 close. [Sydney] This year’s festival will run from the 6th to the 29th of September in venues all over Sydney. Register before the end of March and receive a discount on your registration fee.

24th to 26th May – National Youth Circus Symposium 2013. [Canberra]
The 2013 Youth Circus Symposium will be held just prior to the APACA Forum and Australian Theatre Forum in Canberra this May. YCS13 will be exciting, challenging and fun and your opportunity to make a difference in determining the future for the vibrant, inspiring and resilient Circus and Physical Theatre sector. All youth circus companies and independent youth circus practitioners are welcome.


7th March – Registrations for the Melbourne APAM 2014 Road Show close.
APAM [Australian Performing Arts Market] is the major industry event for the performing arts in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region that brings the performing arts sector together to exchange ideas, see and present new work, engage in critical dialogue, build skills and partnerships, find new collaborators, explore touring opportunities, and network with national and international peers. Attend the road show to hear about the 2014 market, how you can get involved and how to make the best of the market.


11th March – Registrations for the National Dance Forum 2013 close.
The 2013 National Dance Forum [15th to 17th March] will be a dynamic conversation for the whole dance sector—choreographers, dancers, independent artists, artistic directors, educators, researchers and dance producers.


15th March – National Dance Forum 2013 networking drinks. $20.00
Join delegates of the National Dance Forum 2013 at their inaugural networking drinks. Connect with dance companies, independent artists, producers and funding bodies from around Australia and overseas. Invitation is open to all colleagues from across the arts sector.


18th March – Registrations for Dance for Young Audiences Masterclass with Erik Kaiel close. $100
Arts Centre Melbourne is pleased to announce a three year commitment to foster the art form of Australian dance for young audiences. As a first step in this trajectory Arts Centre Melbourne has asked American / Dutch choreographer Erik Kaiel to direct a masterclass for choreographers and dramaturgs on working for and with young audiences.

18th March – MTC will launch their NEON Festival of Independent Theatre at Southbank Theatre.
Acclaimed theatre groups Daniel Schlusser Ensemble, Fraught Outfit, The Hayloft Project, The Rabble and Sisters Grimm will each premiere a new work at the Festival, alongside a vast array of special events for arts industry and audience members alike, including an event in association with TNV. Stay tuned to twitter and Facebook for details on the 18th.

18th March – Registrations for Arts Centre Melbourne’s new 5x5x5 initiative close.
5x5x5 is a new initiative to create a mentorship program for five emerging composers who seek to increase their skills, professional networks and public profiles. The project will mentor and support each composer to create a new composition of five minutes responding to an unusual Arts Centre Melbourne site, seeking to illuminate, articulate and draw inspiration from it. The event will be staged from 31 July to 18 August 2013.


22nd March – Applications for the for The R E Ross Trust Playwrights’ Script Development Awards 2013 close.
The State Library of Victoria is now accepting submissions from Victorian playwrights for the The R E Ross Trust Playwrights’ Script Development Awards to foster Victoria’s theatre industry by providing support to Victorian-based writers to develop their play scripts. The annual Awards are an initiative of The R E Ross Trust and are administered by the State Library of Victoria.


24th March – The Women’s Circus presents a Viewpoints and Devising Workshop with Lynne Bradley. $65 / $50
Lynne Bradley is an Award winning director, choreographer, teacher and the founder and Artistic Director of Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre. The Viewpoints is a training technique developed by renowned American director, Anne Bogart, and are a set of names given to certain basic principles of movement – the names constitute a language for what happens on the stage. They provide an invaluable framework for performers, devisors, directors and choreographers working in theatre, dance and contemporary circus.

27th March – 2013 Creative Partnerships Australia Awards Nominations Briefing. [Melbourne] FREE
Previously known as the AbaF Awards, the CPA awards will celebrate and honour successful and innovative relationships between arts, business and donors. The best nominations are written by both arts and business partners, so please bring your nominating partner to the briefing with you.

28th March – Applications to the City of Port Phillip 2013/14 Cultural Development Fund Grants close.
The Cultural Development Fund aims to assist and encourage local artists and related organisations to develop and realise creative projects. Funded activities must be based in the City of Port Phillip.

3rd to 5th April – Performing Arts Touring Expo.
Hosted by VAPAC, RAV, The Blue Heelers and Arts Victoria; Showcase Victoria will feature the best of Victorian touring shows, Long Paddock will showcase the finest national touring shows and a Touring Forum hosted by Arts Victoria on Friday 5th April will update, inform and discuss the latest touring issues.


18th April – Applications for The City of Stonnington’s ‘Arts and Cultural Sponsorship Program’ close.
The City of Stonnington’s Arts and Cultural Sponsorship Program (including Festivals and Events) supports organisations wishing to present quality, innovative Stonnington-based activities which enhance the cultural, community and economic development of the City.

24th May – EOI’s for RAVs 2014 Education & Families Incursion Program close.
Would you like to play a part in providing young people across Victoria with the opportunity to engage with and participate in high quality live performing and visual arts? RAV are currently putting together their Education and Families program for 2014 and if you’ve got a workshop or production that you’d like to put forward now is the time to do it.


17th March – Applications for the Australia-China Council 2013-2014 Grant Round closes. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia-China Council is offering grants of up to $30,000 to strengthen relations between the two countries including cultural relations. The Australia-China Council supports projects across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Australia that deliver tangible outcomes for Australia-China relations in the priority areas of Society and Culture, Economics and Trade and Education and Science.

30th March – REMINDER: Applications for the 2013–14 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship close.
Each year, the Australian Government awards an Arts Fellowship to enable those with a non-science focus the opportunity to experience Antarctica and Australia’s work there first-hand so they may communicate this experience and understanding to others. The program aims to nurture the production of excellent and significant works of art and interpretation by leading professionals and talented emerging artists.

3rd May – Applications for The European Commission’s Culture Programme close.
The Programme aims to promote the international mobility of those working in the cultural sector, enable cultural and artistic output to cross borders, and foster intercultural dialogue. Each year funding is available for projects involving two European countries and one or more designated countries outside of Europe. In 2013 these countries are Australia and Canada. Supported projects can run for up to two years with at least half of activities taking place in Australia.

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