Anzac Centenary commemorated through the Arts

The ACT’s Centenary of Anzac commemorations received a boost today with Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja today announcing $50,000 in funding for The Jam Tin, a production by the Canberra Youth Theatre Company and $35,374 in funding for The Antipodes Project Regional Tour, a live musical performance.

The Jam Tin and The Antipodes Project were amongst 32 community-driven arts and culture projects that received funding as part of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program.

Senator Seselja said The Jam Tin will explore the place of young people within the Anzac legacy in both Australia and New Zealand, and the evolution of our relationship over the century. While The Antipodes Project is a 60 minute, live musical performance with multimedia projections that tells the story of World War I in Australia through events in Rugby League between 1914 and 1918.

“These projects will bring many Canberrans together to help us remember the important contribution and sacrifice made by members of our community, and the experiences of our community during the First World War,” Senator Seselja said.

“This is a unique way for our community to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac and I would encourage all ACT residents to attend The Jam Tin and The Antipodes Project productions,” Senator Seselja concluded.

Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson said a total of $1.5 million would be invested in the 32 community-driven projects to commemorate the Anzac Centenary.

“Through theatre, song, installations and even digital storytelling, the projects funded by the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program will explore the centenary and what it means to local communities,” Senator Brandis said.

“These centenary arts projects will give Australian communities the chance to express their own history of service and sacrifice creatively and educate and engage audiences about experiences, values and emotions of the men and women involved in Australia’s military past.”

Senator Ronaldson said the Centenary of Anzac will be the most significant period of commemoration in Australia’s history.

“These projects will also remind us of the historic role artists have played in helping Australians at home understand the reality of conflicts – through film, painting, photography, theatre, poetry and music – and the sacrifice of the many artists who have served with their fellow Australians in times of conflict,” Senator Ronaldson said.

The Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program is a grass roots program to support local communities, organisations and artists to create their own arts and culture projects to commemorate the Anzac Centenary.

A second round of grants under the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program is expected to open for applications after Anzac Day 2015. his round will commemorate the First World War Armistice and Australia’s service and sacrifice in other conflicts during the past hundred years.

More information about the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund can be found on the Ministry for the Arts website