STOP PRESS: Theatre Forum, Play Reading, UNLOCKED

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Smart Arts 2020: Think Outside the Venue, Local Independent Theatre
Smart Arts is an annual professional development program delivered in partnership by Murray Arts & Wodonga Council.

COVID-19 has thrown previously unimaginable challenges at every creative industry, locally & globally. As we adapt to the easing of crippling restrictions and what we can/cannot do here on the Border, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight our local professional performing arts community, in this unique forum/play reading delivered via ZOOM. We will chat with some of our local professional playwrights about their practices, be treated to a LIVE rehearsed reading of one of, the award-winning Brendan Hogan’s current works in development, by a cast of local professionals and there will even be an opportunity at the end to interact with the cast/audience just like we are used to when we used to be able to attend these in real life.

Host: Alyce Fisher, Executive Director of Murray Arts and Independent Performing Artist

Independent Local Theatre Panel: Racheal Oak Butler (Gamilaroi), Alyson Evans & Brendan Hogan

Rehearsed Play Reading: Play #4

Playwright: Brendan Hogan

Director: Alyson Evans

Cast: Rachel McNamara, Timothy Martin, Kerryn Beatty and Chris Pidd

We understand that for many of us, you may be tuning in from home with other household members, therefore we have added an option for you to purchase a Household ticket.

For now, purchase your ticket, pop the date/time in your diary and stay tuned for the ZOOM link to be sent to you closer to the day.

Date: Thursday 4 June 2020
Time: 6pm – 7:30pm
Platform: Delivered via ZOOM
Format: Independent Theatre Forum/Rehearsed Reading/Q&A
Tickets Available: Via Eventbrite
Investment: $10 for individuals and $20 per households


Murray Arts in partnership with the Cultural Round Table of the Border North East are very excited to announce our first round of UNLOCKED, open. UNLOCKED is a micro-funding round designed to acknowledge, support and encourage the independent creative industry practitioners, who live work and connect with the Murray Arts footprint during the age of COVID-19; AlburyCity, Greater Hume & Federation shires in NSW and City of Wodonga, Indigo & Towong shires in Victoria.

For the month of June 2020, we will pay one independent creative practitioner, per day, a fee of $333. That means 30 individual artists, across the month of June 2020 will be a part of this program.

Why $333 per day? Well if you divide $10,000 by the 30 days of June you get $333. Murray Arts has reworked our 2020 budget, shifted things around, had some wins qualifying for government COVID-19 support, cut back on what we can and want to inject the funds we can directly into our region’s creative economy. We researched many different quick response micro-funding programs, analysed your responses from the recent Border North East Independent artist survey and the UNLOCKED program is how we feel we can best support a cross-section of our creative community immediately.

Recipients might use the funds/time to:

  • Work on their skills
  • Create new work
  • Develop existing work
  • Develop/refine their creative business
  • Work on a grant application
  • Purchase material or equipment
  • Collaborate
  • Think, breath, pay some rent or purchase some food
Follow the link to more information and to apply online
Applications close 11 June.
Six local cross border venues are collaborating to bring the popular Galah Bar to your loungerooms. LIVE streaming from multiple locations you’ll be able to sit by the fire and enjoy incredible local acts from the Albury Wodonga region. Indie music, circus, comedy and more all flying in to your small screen! 

Brought to you by Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury LibraryMuseum, The Cube Wodonga, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, HotHouse Theatre and Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA),  with support from Nomad Films and Murray Arts.

 Friday 26 June -  7:30pm to 8:30pm
More details to come and Tickets onsale soon through


Call for Expressions of Interest: Upstream - Festival of Art + Culture 2021 

AlburyCity and Wodonga Council are calling for expressions of interest from our local artists and cultural organisations for Upstream – Festival of Art + Culture 2021.

In its first year, the festival attracted more than 16,000 people who took part in a range of art and cultural performances, programming and activities across the two cities and over four days.

In its second year, the festival will build on being an event of regional significance, a collaboration and connection of art and culture with the finest local produce and magnificent brews and wines.

Upstream - Festival of Art + Culture will reflect the high calibre of our creative community through a carefully curated program of events, workshops and cultural experiences for all. The festival will offer a stage for professional creative artists and organisations to demonstrate the very best of their artistic ability.

The 2021 festival will be held across Albury-Wodonga on the March Victorian long weekend from March 5 to 9.

How to apply: Expressions of Interest for the 2021 event close on Friday, June 19 at midnight.

For more information and to apply click here

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