Victoria's global reputation as a creative leader will be bolstered thanks to the latest round of grants from the Victorian Government designed to take local creative content and expertise around the globe.

The announcement, made on 21 July 2017 will see more than A$380,000 in International Engagement grants which will help 17 small to medium Victorian arts organisations build their export potential and form partnerships across Asia, Africa, the UK, Europe and North America and Africa.

Victorian creativity is in demand around the world – from local companies making a significant impact with communities in need and recovering from major disasters, to being invited to perform or participate in leading festivals and iconic locations.

Organisations receiving funding include:

  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to tour the Special Region of Yogyakarta, including a ground-breaking outdoor performance at the UNESCO World Heritage listed Prambanan Temple site. The tour is the first activity to be undertaken as part of Victoria's Memorandum of Understanding with the region.
  • Ranters Theatre has been invited to perform at the prestigious Dublin Theatre Festival 
  • Speak Percussion will travel to Hong Kong, and across Europe, to perform and present workshops and masterclasses at some of the world's most prestigious new music events.
  • Innovative children's theatre company Polyglot Theatre will further its work with communities in the tsunami-affected Tohoku region of Japan
  • Footscray's Snuff Puppets and Women's Circus will work with at-risk communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nepal respectively.

The round will also support local organisations to forge partnerships that will create career development opportunities for Victorian creative practitioners.

Newport's arts space, The Substation will work with acclaimed Glasgow arts space Cryptic to develop an international artist exchange program, while Melbourne Writers Festival will bring an international delegation of festival directors and literary programmers to Melbourne during the 2017 festival.

Visit Creative Victoria to read the full list of grant recipients.