Community grant will put youth theatre group in the limelight

13/03/2017

The Australian Macedonian Theatre will be staging a series of youth theatre productions throughout the year thanks to a $15,000 grant from Georges River Council as part of the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund Program.
 
The productions will have an intergenerational and cross-cultural focus with the aim of building harmony within the local community.

President of the theatre group, Dushan Ristevski, was excited and pleased by Council’s support of the project.
“Funding will go towards the research and development of a series of cross-cultural community theatre productions, and will also help cover the cost of venue hire and stage production,” he said.

“We will be engaging a researcher/playwright to develop a script, touching on issues important to our local youth.

“The productions will explore cross-cultural issues, and how we can reduce the stigma and prejudice that sometimes arise.

“We hope that our performances will shed a light on how people can improve communication and acceptance across generations and cultures.”

Georges River Council Administrator John Rayner said that strong participation and representation of young people in cultural activities is something Council fully encourages.

“It’s great to see arts projects which tackle the wide range of issues and ideas important to our younger community members, and at the same time speak to the cultural diversity in the wider community,” he said.

“Council places a high priority on the development of the arts, and these productions will be an opportunity to really showcase some of our young, local performers.”

There will be a total of four productions performed over the course of the year, including during the Discovery Festival of Community Arts.

More than 60 applications were received by Council requesting funding through the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund Program.

Of these applicants, 27 were awarded funding ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. A total of $1 million in funding was granted to local community groups.

For more information, please contact Council via 9330 6400 or visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.

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