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$75 million performing arts academy proposed for Hobart’s CBD

$75 million performing arts academy proposed for Hobart’s CBD
July 31, 2012

A University of Tasmania (UTAS) proposal to build an Academy of Creative Industries and Performing Arts would attract 3,000 international students to Tasmania and boost the state economy by $660 million.

The $75 million Academy of Creative Industries and Performing Arts (ACIPA) proposed for Hobart's CBD would be located on a current carpark next to the city's Theatre Royal.

New technology available through the National Broadband Network means creative arts students in Launceston and Burnie will be part of the cultural revitalisation with lessons and performances digitally streamed to regional campuses.

The new academy could open to students as of 2016.

The project hinges on the University's application for $37 million in Federal funding being approved in addition to $15.2 million already promised by the Tasmanian Government.

The project would provide a new home for the university's Conservatorium of Music and a performing arts space, recital hall and other amenities at the Theatre Royal.

UTAS Deputy Vice-ChancellorDavid Sadler told the Hobart Mercury newspaper that the project was an ambitious one that could help Tasmania become a national and international arts centre.

Prof Sadler explained "our arts culture is a real pearl and we need to make the most of it. A new purpose-built academy will not only allow UTAS to attract new students but perhaps keep more of our most talented in the state."

The project is being driven by UTAS in partnership with the Theatre Royal and the State Government and is backed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, MONA and the Festival of Voices and the Hobart, Launceston and Burnie councils.

UTAS Vice-Chancellor Peter Rathjen said the project would create a cultural precinct that would energise Hobart's CBD and enhance the city's reputation as an emerging cultural capital, adding "Tasmania has 2.5 times its share of national festival activity and this is growing, which combine to provide a rich community context within which the cultural industries and learning, teaching and research can flourish.

"The project will show how the National Broadband Network can be used to transform learning, through the streaming and sharing of rehearsal and performance."

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