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Whyalla will be represented by Area 53 and Stormfront Productions at the arts awards

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AWARDS TERRITORY: Area 53 is a finalist in two categories at the Ruby Awards.

Whyalla is once again on the arts map with two finalists in the 2019 Arts South Australia Ruby Awards.

The D’Faces Area 53 production has made the finals in the Best Community or Regional Event or Project and the Best Work, Event or Project for Young People categories. Whyalla company Stormfront Productions has been named as a finalist in the Outstanding Contribution by an Organisation or Group. It is the second time Stormfront has reached the award finals.

The inaugural 2017 Whyalla’s uneARTh Festival put the city of the map when it took out the People’s Choice gong at this year’s Ruby Awards.

Area 53 was first imagined by Lachlan Judd and Adam Oosthuizen and formed into an original experiential theatre work with award-winning theatre maker Claire Glenn, Anthony Kelly and the Whyalla D'faces drama crew.

The Area 53 headquarters was set up in the old Whyalla Library off Darling Terrace where it became a popular satellite event at this year’s uneARTh Festival.

“This is huge,” an Area 53 spokesperson said.

“We are so proud to have Area 53 in the finalists alongside some of the big arts organisations in SA.”

The announcement of Area 53 as a finalist in two categories capped off a big week for the local production after it was also invited to perform at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe.

“We are committed to taking Area 53 to the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2019, thanks to an invitation and support from the Adelaide Fringe Festival,” the spokesperson said.

“As you can imagine this is going to be a mammoth effort and a costly endeavour so we are fundraising right now.

“We’d also like to extend a huge thank you to the Australian Government who funded the original Area 53 and supported Area 53 @ UneARTh Festival both via the Regional Arts Fund and Country Arts SA and to everyone else who has made D'faces' existence and the creation of Area 53 possible.”

Area 53 has set up a crowd funding campaign to help bankroll the performances. To help out, go to https://bit.ly/2AP9W9r

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SECOND-YEAR FINALISTS: Alison Hams and Mark Tempany from Stormfront Productions.

Stormfront Productions has been recognised for its mentoring services by making it to the finals of the Outstanding Contribution by an Organisation or Group category of the Ruby Awards. The Whyalla company was a finalist last year in the Sustained Contribution by an Individual category.

The business is run by local musicians Alison Hams and Mark Tempany who provide programs that help give young musicians more exposure in the industry. One of those programs is the Whyalla Recording Scholarship, which gives the winner(s) the chance to professionally record an original single and present it to the world.

When not hosting their own events, Stormfront is involved in supplying musical equipment or acts for community events such as Carols in the Park and the ANZAC Eve Vigil.

Area 53 and Stormfront Productions are both eligible for the People’s Choice Award. To vote for the Whyalla finalists, go to: https://www.rubyawards.com.au

WHYALLA 2019 RUBY AWARDS FINALISTS

Best Community or Regional Event or Project

AREA 53 – D’Faces of Youth Arts
Collectors/Collections: Waikerie Films – Waikerie District Historical Society and OSCA – Open Space

 

Best Work, Event or Project for Young People

AREA 53 – D’Faces of Youth Arts
Beep – Windmill Theatre Co
Neo – Art Gallery of South Australia
Ngarrindjeri Yanun (Aboriginal Artist Development Initiative) – Carclew Youth Arts

 

Outstanding Contribution by an Organisation or Group

ActNow Theatre
Stormfront Productions
True North Youth Theatre Ensemble
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