15 years of amplifying Tasmanian voices

Established in 2006, Tasmania Performs remains agile and responsive, and dedicated to developing Tasmanian artists and showcasing their stories to the world.

Established in 2006 as a joint initiative of the Tasmanian State Government and the Australia Council for the Arts, Tasmania Performs began with the aim of ‘supporting new markets for artists based on the island, and it’s been successful beyond every dream that we probably had when we started,’ said Annette Downs, the organisation’s Senior Producer.

‘I couldn’t be more thrilled with what we’ve achieved in that time, and where we’re poised to go next,’ she told ArtsHub.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts