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$100,000 boost for cultural cooperation with China: The Australian Ballet to tour China in late 2018

The Turnbull Government has announced $100,000 for The Australian Ballet to tour China in October 2018 as part of a commitment to increased cultural cooperation between Australia and China.

The Australian Ballet has been invited to perform Artistic Director David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty, marking the first time The Australian Ballet's newest signature work will be performed internationally, and Maina Gielgud's Giselle.

The Australian Ballet is a great cultural ambassador for Australia, and the tour to China presents opportunities to showcase the world class skill and talent of Australian artists and productions.

The company has forged a strong cross-cultural relationship with China since its first tour in 1980. This will be the ninth time The Australian Ballet has visited China, where it will perform for Chinese audiences in Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai and engage in workshops and community activities.

The Australian Ballet's long history of engagement with China has strengthened the relationship between Australia and China's performing arts sector. This collaboration has opened up a range of opportunities for dancers from both countries to participate in education projects, exchanges and professional development.

The important bilateral Australia–China relationship, formalised through the 1981 Agreement on Cultural Co-operation between Australia and China, was strengthened through the recent signing of the 14th Implementation Plan of the Cultural Co-operation Agreement in 2017.

The tour will also be supported by Chinese presenting partners and venues and The Australian Ballet's philanthropic patrons and sponsors, including Australia Post, Qantas, La Trobe University and Morgan Stanley.

The Australian Ballet's performances are expected to reach more than 20,000 audience members in theatres, with thousands more attending arts festival events, and worldwide exposure through digital channels and media.

For more information on the tour visit: australianballet.com.au

Media contacts:
Geraldine Mitchell | 0407 280 476 | Geraldine.Mitchell [at] communications.gov.au
Guy Creighton | 0438 815 302 | Guy.Creighton [at] communications.gov.au