REGIONAL NSW: Spectacular performances coming your way

Create NSW has unlocked nearly $1.2 million in funding to send 17 spectacular productions and programs on tour across 59 communities statewide.

From Aboriginal cultural events to theatre, live music, dance, comedy and more, the initiative aims to engage over 100,000 regional audiences with the state's premier creative talents typically confined to city stages.

"The works produced by our talented NSW creatives are world-class and should be experienced and enjoyed by everyone, wherever you live across the state," said Create NSW Chief Executive Annette Pitman.

The diverse touring slate spans children's theatre like Monkey Baa's Josephine Wants to Dance, circus spectacles including Legs on the Wall's Beetle, and comedy cabaret with the Tinderella show. There's also plenty of music headed for regional towns, ranging from Mara!'s big band tour to orchestral concerts by the Sydney Youth Orchestra.

First Nations storytelling will feature prominently too, with Arts Northern Rivers bringing the Bulaan Buruugaa Ngali weaving exhibition on the road and The Cad Factory's River Country production collaborating with the Menindee Aboriginal Elders Council.

In total, the $1.19 million will support over 350 artists and creatives as they fan out everywhere from Bellingen to Broken Hill on their touring circuits. It provides not just employment opportunities but a chance to inspire new audiences.

"Touring arts and culture to regional areas creates employment, exciting tourism experiences and provides equity of access across the state," Pitman added.

As the lineup crisscrosses NSW over the next year, regional communities will experience the best of the state's creativity and cultural vibrancy without having to travel to the big cities. The stage is coming right to their hometown.

(Top image: Genaro ServĂ­n. Lower image: Lloyd Allison-Young in BEETLE by Legs On The Wall, Photo: Carlita Sara Photography)