Five year funding confirmed for new Musical Theatre Festival

The Tasmanian Government has announced a five year funding commitment through Events Tasmania to the Australian Musical Theatre Festival, to be held in Launceston in 2019.

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Tasmanians’ collective passion for musical theatre will be celebrated at a new festival to be held in Launceston in May 2019.

The inaugural Australian Musical Theatre Festival will run over four days, featuring workshops and masterclasses held in various venues across Launceston’s CBD. The festival’s performance hub will be the Princess Theatre.

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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