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Tuesday, 4 July 2017


The Andrews Labor Government’s 2018 Regional Centre for Culture initiative is another step closer, with the appointment of two renowned producers who will work with the region’s creative community to shape the year-long program.

Member  for  Bendigo  West  Maree  Edwards  today  welcomed  Jo  Porter and Elizabeth  Walsh  as  the  producers  for  the  Regional Centre for Culture program.

Jo Porter is the former Chair of Geelong Theatre Company Back to Back, and former Executive Producer at Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre. She has worked on a range of Broadway and West-End theatre productions in New York and London.

Elizabeth  Walsh  is  an  artistic  director,  producer and curator who has worked  across  the  performing  and  visual arts sector. She is the former director  of  Footscray  Community  Arts  Centre  and  the  former CEO, and artistic  director  of  Tasmania's state-wide cultural festival Ten Days on the Island.

As producers, Jo and Elizabeth will work with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, local councils, creative practitioners and the local community to shape the Regional Centre for Culture program.

They will also take charge of marketing to ensure a broad cross section of the community, and visitors to the area, are involved.

An  initiative of the Labor Government’s Creative State strategy, the first ever  Regional  Centre  for Culture will be held in 2018 across the City of Greater  Bendigo,  Mount  Alexander  Shire,  Central  Goldfields  Shire and Hepburn Shire.

The  appointment  of the producers follows the launch of a special Regional Centre  for  Culture  Local  Grants  program  which  will provide grants of between   $1,500  and  $30,000  to  support  local  creative  projects  and activities taking place in 2018.

To find out more about the Regional Centre for Culture initiative, go to:

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“Jo and Elizabeth will be a great asset to the Regional Centre for Culture project.  They are the creative minds behind events that have made a big impact locally and internationally and have a wealth of experience working with communities, artists and creative organisations of all sizes.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“The experience of our two producers, combined with the riches of our local creative community, is sure to create a program that will make our region the place to be in 2018, and will create ripples that will be felt for many years to come.”

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