Getting young audiences to come to theatres remains a big challenge in the age of the internet. Besides, young people are not the audiences of tomorrow, they are the audiences (and participants) of today. They are entitled to the same cultural rights as adults.
In view of the growing awareness of the importance that arts can bring personal, cultural and social benefits, and are instrumental in the development of a creative city and the enjoyment of a quality life, how to bring theatre experiences to the younger generation has also been one of the widely discussed issues in the arts sector or education sector in Hong Kong.
Despite the effort put into young audiences building by arts organisations, local theatre groups, schools, and the Government in Hong Kong for more than decades, the number of young audiences does not have a significant increase and there is no sustainable growth of audience according to various researches and reports.
To address the above issues, with great pleasure, the Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association (HKAAA) has invited Mr. Patrick McIntyre, Executive Director of Sydney Theatre Company (STC), to share STC’s experiences and insights into young audiences building.
STC has been the leading force in Australian drama since its inception in 1978. Apart from being widely acclaimed for producing theatre of the highest standard, it is also renowned for its education and community engagement. STC’s productions not only contain strong curriculum connections, but also provide incredible learning and life experience for young people. As the state theatre company of New South Wales, it also produces a significant education programme for schools, STC Ed, as well as nurturing developing artists through its Next Stage.
STC is also envisioned in providing teacher professional learning through School DramaTM, the Arts Conference for Educators and other programmes to use theatre and drama to improve student outcomes.
A workshop presented by HKAAA, Patrick will talk about how to formulate strategies for young audience building, identifying the right productions for young audience, developing partnership with different sectors (including funders), addressing challenges of young audience building with case studies.
Date: 20 January 2014 (Monday)
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Venue: Room 201, Duke of Windsor Social Service Building (No. 15 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong)
Fee: HKAAA Members @HK$220; Non-members @HK$280
Limited quota available! Registration will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis. Act Now!
Please register here and submit your registration fee by:
a. Mailing the cheque to: Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association, Room 1206, 12/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; OR
b. Online payment.
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