Close to $1.3 million in Australian Government funding will promote Australian arts and culture on the global stage.

Actor Sarah Snook dressed in black against a white backdrop
Photo: Alexi Lubomirski

Seven innovative and exciting projects will be supported through the International Cultural Diplomacy Arts Fund, showcasing Australian talent and increasing access to international markets.

The projects include:

  • $400,000 to support the showing of the Pierre Bonnard: Designed by India Mahdavi exhibition, developed in partnership with Paris’ Musée d’Orsay, at the National Gallery of Victoria.
  • $373,830 for the House of Oz, an independent venue at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the world’s largest performing arts festival – that solely hosts Australian acts, covering artist wages, production costs, travel and overheads for the 2023 season.
  • $269,919 to support the Australian production of The Picture of Dorian Gray on London’s West End, showcasing Australian theatre and creativity.
  • $118,316 for three projects at OzAsia Festival 2023, featuring collaborations between Australian, Indonesian, Singaporean and Korean artists. A further $79,200 will see the OzAsia Festival host a new Australia-Indonesia Festival Producer Exchange over the next three years.
  • $25,000 to support First Nations singer/songwriter Dr Shellie Morris AO perform with Yarnumamalya Ayangkidarrba-langwa, a community-led language group, at the WOMAD South African Safari 2023, celebrating the voices of First Nations women.
  • $15,483 to support the performance of Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin AO’s award-winning dance work Split at the Seoul International Dance Festival 2023 by her contemporary dance company Lucy Guerin Inc.

The funding will reinforce Australia’s creative connections across the world, providing opportunities for Australian stories to connect with people at home and abroad – a key pillar of our National Cultural Policy, Revive.

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