Australian dance touring programs, networks and resources

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Dance touring in Australia is supported and presented by touring and industry support organisations who deliver government funded touring programs and/or work with the many networks of presenting venues and tour coordinators.

Here we briefly outline a few of the key touring programs, mechanisms and industry organisations.

Online tools

National Touring Selector  is a professional networking database for the performing arts industry for producers/artists of shows at any stage, from ‘the idea’ to ‘tour-ready’, to connect with presenters around the world with particular emphasis on providing access to regional venues.

Industry organisations

Performing Arts Touring Alliance (PATA)

PATA is Australia’s peak body for the national performing arts touring sector. It is a cohesive and objective voice for key stakeholders and government, providing quality and informed strategic advice and policy.

Look at their online Introductory Guide to Performing Arts Touring in Australia.

The Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (APACA)

APACA is the national peak body representing and supporting Australian performing arts centres.

Their 2017 Guide to Touring provides a comprehensive introduction to the touring environment and national touring circuit. It also includes a Touring Code of Conduct.

Touring networks and presenter/producer groups

The Blue Heeler Network

The Blue Heeler Network is a national network of performing arts tour coordinators employed by or associated with Regional Arts Australia member organisations. Members include Country Arts WA, Country Arts SA and Regional Arts Victoria. Associate members include Artback NT and Tasmania Performs.


Touring programs

Performing Lines

Performing Lines develops, produces and tours new and innovative Australian performing arts regionally, nationally and internationally. There is also a Performing Lines WA for West Australian dance artists. Performing Lines work with individual artists and arts companies.
Performing Lines delivers this work through their touring programs.

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