Geelong Performing Arts Centre is in the running for a highly coveted national award recognising excellence in the field of performing arts centres and regional touring.
A finalist in the 2018 Drover Award for Performing Arts Centre of the Year, Geelong is top four nationally with other regional centres, Bendigo, Geraldton and Orange.
Presented by Performing Arts Connections (PAC, formerly Australian Performing Arts Centres Association) Australia, the Drovers Awards acknowledge companies that are committed to delivering performances to millions of audiences in communities across Australia.
With the distance between regional cities and towns often so huge, the decision to tour a performing arts production is a serious undertaking, requiring massive commitment in both time and resources. The Drovers Awards recognise not only the operational commitment required, but the artistic determination to ensure that regional audiences have the opportunity to experience the calibre of work available to capital city audiences.
The Performing Arts Centre of the Year category recognises the achievements of a presenting organisation that provides “consistently outstanding production, marketing and management services” as well as “exceptional success in audience development and community engagement”.
Geelong has previously won the Drover’s Award for Performing Arts Centre of the Year in 2011 and is honoured to be considered again in 2018.
The 2018 Drovers Awards will be announced on Thursday 6th September in the historic Pilbara town of Cossack during the closing celebration of the 32nd annual PAC Australia conference.
Located in the heart of Geelong’s cultural precinct, Geelong Performing Arts Centre is a magnet for the best performers and productions in Australia and internationally. The centre operates two theatres and manages the 1500-seat Deakin’s Costa Hall, presenting hundreds of performances and attracting audiences of more than 200,000 each year.
CEO Joel McGuinness said the nomination was a great achievement, particularly as the centre is in the midst of a major redevelopment.
“We are thrilled to be nominated for this award, the fact that this has happened during a time of great change at the centre reflects the dedication of the team here to providing the absolute best services for touring productions and is a credit to my predecessor Jill Smith,” Joel said.
The centre has remained a hive of activity while work progresses on the $38.5 million Ryrie Street redevelopment that will vastly improve the experience for audiences and presenters.
Due for completion in mid-2019, the vibrant new arts centre will provide facilities that are second-to-none and accessible to all, including a full-size rehearsal space, dance studios and creative industries co-working space.