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Queensland artists to gain international audience

25 October 2013

Eight Queensland artists and companies who will be on show to more than 600 national and international producers at the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) have been congratulated by Arts Minister Ian Walker and Tourism and Events Minister Jann Stuckey.

Minister Walker said Queensland will host APAM for the first time at the Brisbane Powerhouse in February and it was important that the state’s artists had the chance to shine at home.

“More than 217 artists and companies from across Australia and New Zealand applied for one of the 37 showcase and 15 pitch spots at APAM, so it speaks volume about the calibre of the Queensland artists selected,” Mr Walker said.

“This event allows them to showcase production-ready works or to pitch work to potentially develop to tour nationally and internationally.”

The successful artists are: The Escapists; Claire Marshall; Queensland Theatre Company; Casus Circus; Contact Inc; Lisa Wilson; Polytoxic; and a collaboration featuring Luke Peacock, Vic Simms, The Medics, Plus One Records and Carbon Media.

Minister Stuckey congratulated the successful Queensland artists, highlighting the significance of hosting the premier contemporary performing arts event in Brisbane.

“Next year will mark the first year of an agreement with Tourism and Events Queensland which will see APAM staged in Brisbane in 2014, 2016 and 2018, attracting artists, producers, presenters and agents from across the globe to Queensland’s capital,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Events like APAM reinforce Brisbane’s reputation as a pre-eminent arts and cultural destination, joining a significant calendar of world-class events including the exclusive Cai Guo-Qiang exhibition and American Ballet Theatre.

“Supporting major events like APAM is part of the Queensland Government’s goal to double annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.”

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said APAM would bring an influx of tourists to the city.

“These events bring visitors from all over Australia and internationally, which means economic benefits for hotels, restaurants and other flow-on areas,” Cr Quirk said.

“APAM will be a 5-day long celebration of performing arts, held across a network of local venues and is sure to be an event that further enhances Brisbane’s reputation as Australia’s New World City.”

APAM is the premier biennial industry event for contemporary performing arts in the Asia Pacific region. The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland, will support the next three events (2014, 2016, 2018) as part of a partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts, Brisbane Powerhouse and Brisbane City Council.

For more information on APAM go to  www.performingartsmarket.com.au (external site).

[ENDS] 25 October 2013

Media Contact:         

Minister Walker          Alex Bernard              0417 252 563

Minister Stuckey         Andrew Burke              0439 291 268