National Partnership led by UKARIA receives Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) funding to develop ground-breaking music festival.

UKARIA is delighted to announce that we have been supported by the Commonwealth Government's Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) program to produce Finding Our Voice: Australian Stories Through Music – an ambitious reimagining of the music festival for our time, our people and our place.

Celebrating Australia in sound, the project will commission new music by Australian artists. These works will be presented to live audiences in eight iconic locations nationwide and to a significant online audience through performance footage, interviews and insights into the artists. Critical to the project is a complementary program of activities to stimulate active participation – deepening the audience's musical engagement and equipping people to express their own creativity.

Under the artistic direction of recorder virtuoso and sound artist Genevieve Lacey and working with partner venues from remote areas to major cities, Finding Our Voice will reflect the scope and vibrancy of modern Australian art music, encourage engagement from audiences and non-professional music makers, and will showcase new musical works by a host of the nation's most innovative creative practitioners.

This ambitious project will be realised over two years, with work commencing in 2021.

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