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JUTE Theatre Company Proud to be part of Malay Cultural Festival Cairns,
8 July 2015
JUTE Theatre Company is proud to be part of the Johor Bahru Arts Festival in Malaysia, which is now in it’s 11th year of showcasing the performing arts including music, theatre, dance, visual arts and comedy.
JUTE is assisting in sending 13 artists to the festival as part of the “Tropics to Tropics” initiative being co-ordinated by Dr Sasi Victoire to bring the “best elements of Cairns” to the city for the festival.
An entire week is being devoted to the performing arts from Cairns, including artists who have exhibited from Kick Arts and Umi Arts as well as JUTE Theatre Company writers and performers.
The two JUTE performers who will be showcasing their work are actor and singer Roz Pappalardo and performance poet Helen Ramoutsaki, who have both come through the New Works Department at JUTE and developed projects that have gone on to be produced by the company.
Suellen Maunder Artistic Director and CEO of JUTE says: “It is lovely seeing two of our JUTE family spread their wings and be part of something much larger. More than anything though, I think Sasi’s initiative to showcase our wonderful regional talent and cultural vibrancy to Malaysia is part of a bigger picture to encourage people from these other regions to come to Cairns and experience more of what they saw in Johor Bahur. It is cultural tourism at work.
“Cairns Regional Council has shown real vision in assisting Sasi to develop and further relationships within the arts and cross promote these two terrific regional cities – Cairns and Johor Barhur.
“The festival literature says that the hallmark of any great city is its ability to connect the arts and culture to the resident and business communities, and Cairns Regional Council recognises this in helping Sasi cross promote our two tropical cities, so bouquets to our council,” says Suellen.
The festival is part Johor Bahru’s decision to expand and promote the arts at both a community and international level. They write: “As the city expands its local and global reach, so must it continue to embrace and promote the arts – both at a community and international level – as well as showcase the rich and historical culture of Johor and Malaysia to its many residents and visitors.
About JUTE Theatre Company Established in Cairns in 1992,
JUTE Theatre Company is a significant regional theatre company driving the development, co-production and national touring of contemporary Australian plays from the regions. JUTE is a house of ideas and action that exists to fan the fire in the bellies of regional theatre artists. JUTE inspires and supports these artists to create new stories that contribute to its regional identity, social history and future possibilities. Passionate, dynamic and savvy JUTE will not rest until all of the stories have been told, until there is no regional artist needing support and the audience and community need for stories is fully sated.
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T: 07 4050 9444 M: 0404 483828 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.jute.com.au JUTE Theatre Company acknowledges the financial assistance of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.