The Ninth Wave by The Farm and Co3 Contemporary Dance. Photo by Jess Wyld.

Festival of Outback Opera

Festival of Outback Opera by Opera Queensland. Photo by Glenn Hunt.

Auto Cannibal

Auto Cannibal by Australasian Dance Collective and Beijing Dance LDTX,
Choreographed by Stephanie Lake. Photo by Jade Ellis.


Zoom by Patch Theatre. Photo by Matt Byrne.

Trash Talk

Trash Talk by The Strangeways Ensemble. Courtesy of Merrigong Theatre Company.

So long suckers 2

So Long Suckers by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. Photo by Simon Pynt.

Curious Legends

Curious Legends

Black Cockatoo

Black Cockatoo by Ensemble Theatre. Photo by Prudence Upton.


Whoosh by Sensorium Theatre. Photo by Peter Foster.

River Linked Live Virtual Concert

River Linked Live Virtual Concert. Photo by Abram Rasmussen Photography.

HOTA Home of the Arts

HOTA Home of the Arts. Courtesy of venue.

The Butch is Back

The Butch is Back by Reuben Kaye. Photo by Rebekah Ryan.

Local Giants


Unlocking the potential of regional Australia


Local Giants is an ambitious program dedicated to fostering sustainability, diversity, and vibrancy within Australia’s regional performing arts sector.

Local Giants is a multi-project, multi-year program, providing a holistic and outcome-driven learning experience for producers, artists, and presenters.

Local Giants offers support to regional practitioners by connecting artist residencies and producer training with creative development, the presentation of new work, and short-form touring. The program consists of three core elements: the Regional Producers Career Development Program, Regional Artist Residencies, and New Regional Work Co-Commissions.

It enables regional performing arts centres to act as “cultural connectors” within their communities, and empowers them to explore new co-commissioning, co-producing, and investment models.

Local Giants is a joint program by Regional Arts Australia, PAC Australia and Performing Lines supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund—an Australian Government initiative, the Australian Government through the Regional Arts Fund, and the NSW Government through Create NSW.

Discover more about Local Giants including producer and artist profiles and 7 new works commissioned through the first iteration of the Local Giants program.

“Local Giants helped inspire me to get back out there and start working on all kinds of projects. I have a new love and appreciation for my state and region. I am excited to start making all kinds of work in my community again instead of rushing to try and move overseas.”

Local Giants Participant

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