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Melbourne snatches future Helpmann Awards ceremonies from Sydney
The ongoing battle between NSW and Victoria to secure major events has seen the Victorian Government secure the annual Helpmann Awards from Sydney from 2019.
Announcing today that the Awards will be held in Melbourne from 2019 to 2021, Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren stated “the Helpmann Awards belong in Australia’s cultural and theatre capital - Melbourne.”
“From our famous East End theatre precinct to home-grown productions, we have so much to celebrate - and hosting these awards on our turf will inspire more Victorians to go centre stage.”
This announcement comes on top of a raft of major theatre productions recently announced that will come exclusively to Victoria - including Come From Away and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Organised by Live Performance Australia, (LPA) the annual awards cover musicals, contemporary music, comedy, opera and classical music, theatre, ballet, dance and physical theatre, presentation for children, regional touring and cabaret over 42 categories.
The event has been held in Sydney for the last 18 years.
Earlier this month, details were announced for the 2018 Helpmann Awards which will see the event split over two nights for the first time and expanded to celebrate the artists who work behind the scenes and in supporting roles.
The split will see the Helpmann Awards Curtain Raiser held at the Sydney Town Hall on Sunday 15th July and the Helpmann Awards Ceremony at the Capitol Theatre, the set of Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical, on Monday 16th July.
The Ceremony will feature the cast of Priscilla along with performances that celebrate and promote the best of the live entertainment industry and will also honour the 10 recipients of the 2017 Centenary JC Williamson and Sue Nattrass Awards.
The Curtain Raiser event will be an industry insider night to inspire and engage featuring performances by up and coming artists and be hosted by the Industry's most distinguished luminaries in an intimate cocktail, cabaret style event.
Explaining the expansion, LPA Chief Executive, Evelyn Richardson advised “we have listened to the feedback from our industry peers and created two shorter shows which enable us to highlight the artistry and excellence in the live performance industry.
“The Helpmann Awards celebrate the many hands and hearts engaged in making the live performance industry the dynamic and creative powerhouse that is enjoyed by 18.4 million people each year in Australia."
The full program for the 18th annual Helpmann Awards events, including award category nominees, will be announced in June.
Image: Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical.
26th September 2017 - DAVID ATKINS APPOINTED NEW HELPMANN AWARDS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
20th June 2017 - 17TH ANNUAL HELPMANN AWARDS NOMINATIONS IN 42 CATEGORIES ANNOUNCED
17th June 2017 - RICHARD TOGNETTI TO RECEIVE THE 2017 JC WILLIAMSON AWARD
2nd June 2017 - ROB BROOKMAN TO RECEIVE 2017 SUE NATTRASS AWARD
8th July 2016 - MUSICAL THEATRE HAS A MAJOR IMPACT ON VICTORIA’S ECONOMY
13th August 2015 - NEW AGENCY LAUNCHED FOR VICTORIAN TOURISM AND MAJOR EVENTS
17th June 2015 - VICTORIAN PREMIER VOWS TO FIGHT FOR EVERY MAJOR EVENT ‘WORTH TAKING’
26th March 2014 - LIVE MUSIC VENUES THREATENED BY NEW LAWS AND NOISE COMPLAINTS
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