Western Touring Circuit
Founded in November 2016, the Western Touring Circuit (WTC), is a structured, regionally led network of local councils who collaborate to make joint decisions about the number and type of performing arts work and engagement activities that travel to their region.
The Circuit provides stability and predictability for all partners involved, from presenters (Councils), producers through to the performers. Recognised by Arts Queensland as a best practice model the circuit supports the delivery of more regular, high quality touring productions each year for rural and remote audiences.
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The Western Touring Circuit
Operating as a consortium of presenters, each circuit member is responsible for securing funds to cover presentation costs identified through their Regional Arts Development Fund programming.
From 2017-2022 the WTC has presented 2-3 shows in each region, increased the circuit membership from 7 to 9, and seen audiences in each community grow year-on-year.
Red Ridge took over the coordination of the Western Touring Circuit in December 2021, when changes to the Regional Arts Services Network resulted in the closure of ArTour who had acted as the WTC tour producer.
Red Ridge identifies suitable touring performances, arranges the promotion and marketing of the tours, and maintains the connection between the Performers and the Presenters (Council representatives). Red Ridge continues to strengthen and grow the network identifying new partners, local support channels and potential members.
Western Touring Circuit Members
Red Ridge coordinated three tours through the circuit in 2022:
Leotards - February
Babushka Book Club - May
Shiny, Shiny - September
The 2023 touring circuit has been mapped out and includes:
Wolfgang’s Magical Circus - May
Twinkle & the Moon - August
Dirty Fame Flash Candles Club - October
This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, provided through Regional Arts Australia, administered in Queensland by Flying Arts Alliance.