Federal Arts Minister, Simon Crean, has announced $3.6 million in government funding for 21 performing arts companies to tour regional and remote Australia in 2012 and 2013.
The program will enable 21 performing arts companies – including Bangarra Dance Theatre, The Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Ballet – to make 1,500 performances at more than 600 venues around Australia.
Mr Crean said that this program ensures more Australians will have access to top tier productions throughout the country.
"The tours also play an important role in stimulating the cultural and economic life of regional communities. The productions help generate business for arts venues and create new audiences for existing productions," Mr Crean said.