Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    Government funding instrumental to historic China tour

    20/01/2006 1:00 AM

    State Government funding of $500,000 will assist the West Australian Symphony Orchestra to tour China - the orchestra’s first international tour in 22 years.

    Culture and Arts Minister Sheila McHale said the tour would be an historic cultural opportunity for the WASO and serve to raise WA’s profile in China.

    “I am delighted to announce $500,000 extra funding to help the WASO showcase its superb talent across China,” Ms McHale said.

    “This is an excellent example of cultural exchange to support and cement trade relationships.”

    The Minister said the tour would visit Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hangzhou from May 8 to 22.

    “The tour includes a performance in WA’s Sister-State - the Zhejiang Province - a major importer of WA wool, barley and canola - as well as being home to the port that receives much of WA’s iron ore exports,” she said.

    “The orchestra’s performance will be an official event in Hangzhou (capital of Zhejiang Province) and will enable WA to show its commitment to this ongoing relationship.”

    Ms McHale said the $500,000 funding was in addition to $1.6million funding for the orchestra’s annual program.

    WASO chairman Janet Holmes � Court acknowledged the State Government’s generous support in matching the $500,000 confirmed from the North West Shelf Venture (NWSV) participants.

    “The State Government and NWSV funding enables the WASO to undertake its first international tour in more than 22 years,” Mrs Holmes � Court said.

    “It will undoubtedly raise the profile of the orchestra and will provide a wonderful professional and cultural opportunity for the musicians involved.”

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