nbn and Sydney Festival to host event in Batemans Bay screening Bangarra Dance Theatre

Batemans Bay is one of five regional locations across Australia chosen to screen a recording of Bangarra Dance Theatre’s performance Spirit: a retrospective 2021.

NBN Co is Sydney Festival’s first ever Regional Partner and is creating the pop-up community events this year in Batemans Bay, Bangalow, Stradbroke Island, Ballarat and the Northern Territory.

The performance of Spirit: a retrospective 2021 will premiere this evening at the 2021 Sydney Festival. The regional pop-up events will be held in the coming months.

Spirit: a retrospective 2021 celebrates the unbroken connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the land and invites audiences to connect with stories and songlines from across the nation with a collection of work from across the Bangarra Dance Theatre’s rich history.

nbn is actively engaged to help support the digital capability of regional Australia through a range of community initiatives and activities. These initial community pop-up events are part of a broader commitment to engage and collaborate with the arts sector to help develop innovative approaches for making use of retail broadband services via the nbn network. This will enable the delivery by internet providers and organisations such as the Sydney

Festival of cultural content to new audiences across the country, including in regional and remote locations.

NBN Co Chief Development Officer, Regional and Remote, Gavin Williams, said:

“We are thrilled to be involved in this bold celebration of arts and culture as Sydney Festival’s first ever Regional Partner.

“Spirit: a retrospective 2021 showcases some of Australia’s finest performers and hosting these pop-up community events provides an opportunity for Batemans Bay residents and other regional Australians to experience one of Sydney Festival’s leading acts without needing to leave their hometown.

“This partnership underpins nbn’s support and commitment to Australia’s creative sector and we look forward to helping connect Australians in regional and rural areas with incredible creative content and cultural performances via their broadband services over the nbn network.”

Sydney Festival Director, Wesley Enoch, said: “I am excited that Sydney Festival is collaborating with NBN Co to take the festival to parts of regional Australia.

“The performance of spirit is an incredibly evocative work from one of our country’s most renowned performing arts companies. For people in Batemans Bay to have access to a filmed performance of this extraordinary piece is something to be celebrated.” The free screening in Batemans Bay will be in the first half of this year.

The venue has not yet been decided, but NBN Co is considering a range of indoor and outdoor options. The community will be kept informed including via nbn and Sydney Festival’s website.

Above: footage of the final dress rehearsal.

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