BREC has been named Australian Performing Arts Centre of the Year in this year’s Drover Awards presented by the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (APACA) at the prestigious awards ceremony held at Luna Park in Sydney on Thursday 24th of August.
“We are so proud! It’s a huge achievement, not only for the team at BREC but for the entire South West region, to be voted by the touring companies who tour to hundreds of venues across the country as the leading performing arts venue in Australia. We were up against some tough competition and I want to say a big congratulations to all the nominees for the great work they do.” says Sharon Custers, BREC General Manager.
BREC was one of three finalists competing for the prestigious award including Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre and the Princess Theatre in Launceston.
“The community of Bunbury and the whole region is very proud of its Entertainment Centre, which underpins the performing arts in the South West” says Deputy Mayor, Brendan Kelly. “Having a vibrant cultural arts scene is a sign of a thriving community and the BREC leads the way. This award belongs to our community.”
The Drover Award for Performing Arts Centre of the Year recognises the achievements of organisations that consistently provide outstanding performance in production, marketing and management services, as well as demonstrating exceptional success in audience development and community engagement.
Monkey Baa Theatre Company took the top spot for Tour of the Year with The Peasant Prince and Rachel Maza of Ilbijerri Theatre Co. was named Touring Legend awarded by the APACA Board of Management for an outstanding contribution to performing arts touring in Australia.
The Drover Awards, first introduced in 2003, recognise and celebrate the contribution made by Australia’s best performing arts touring talent. The awards do this by acknowledging the skill and expertise required for touring – whether it be through major cities or in regional and remote Australia