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Australia : Townsville to see touring concerts

June 9, 2014

Regional State touring concert audiences and performances have more than trebled in the past two years.

Arts Minister Ian Walker said the $2.6 millionPlaying Queensland Fund in this year s state budget would produce even more performances for the regions this year, while growing tourism as people travel to see the concerts.

For Townsville, this means performances by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Opera Queensland s La Boheme, Shake & Stir Theatre Company s 1984, and the Queensland Ballet s Cinderella.

We re achieving more in the arts across the whole of the state while not recklessly spending money we haven t got, Mr Walker said.

Developing and supporting vibrant regional arts communities delivers jobs and income to people not just in the arts, but in hotels, restaurants and the associated industries that gain from regional tourism.

We re putting on the shows that people want to see, and they re travelling and staying overnight to attend the performances.

We ve more than trebled the number of people attending regional touring concerts from 29,000 in Labor s last year to more than 103,000 in 2013.

We ve also more than trebled the number of regional touring concerts from 180 in 2011 to 617 in 2013.

That s more than three times the number of performances and people who are seeing them in the regions.

Tourism is one of the four economic pillars we promised to grow and a bristling arts scene state-wide, not just for the elite in southeast Queensland, is a necessary part of us helping Queensland recover.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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