Winner of the 2006 and 2009 and shortlisted in the 2011 APRA|AMC Music Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Music in a Regional Area, Tura New Music is praised nationally for its commitment to presenting world class Australian music in regional Western Australia.
Tura’s regional tours and residencies provide a welcome opportunity in isolated communities for performers and participants to be exposed to and involved in a range of experiences they would otherwise never access; and this opportunity runs both ways. This intercultural dialogue allows touring artists and organisers to return to their bases filled with new influences, ideas and contacts which inform their future works and enable future collaborations. The concept of “regional” is integral to Perth’s, and Australia’s, identity and the regional tours are catalysts that provide essential influences in the production of new works that reflect the true character of Perth/WA/Australia.
The cultural aspect is not the only benefit produced through Tura’s Regional Residency. They add identity, opportunity and profile. Tura’s knowledge of presenting music in regional centres and remote communities and the very different needs thereof by comparison with Perth metropolitan events is a major asset.
Over a three-year period our artists engage in schools demonstrations, workshops, masterclasses, community concerts and public performances situated in three separate regional centres.
Making the projects participatory allows for the development of relationships with a variety of communities and ensures significant benefits beyond the project completion. And, where possible, Tura makes repeat visits to communities and centres, developing very important relationships and networks with those communities on which to build future projects.