Future Oz 2021 lets emerging artists shine

Following an impactful inaugural online presentation in 2020, the team at Future Oz Inc. will return to Facebook for their first event of the year, a Livestream Concert featuring the 2021 Music Theatre graduates from the Victorian College of the Arts, the Griffith Conservatorium, the Federation University, and the Elder Conservatorium.

The artists of Future Oz 2021 | image credit – Deirdre Khoo

On Monday 5 July at 7.30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) a stellar cast of 22 triple threats will take to the virtual stage. This concert will debut some of the Elder Conservatorium’s first graduating cohort of Music Theatre students since the commencement of the Bachelor of Music Theatre degree in 2019.

These talents are among the many graduates who will be entering a live performance industry still recovering from the pandemic. All the donations received from this event will go towards StageAChange, a not-for-profit organisation, who continues to provide professional opportunities and platforms for performers and artists of colour, despite the hardships of COVID-19.

The creatives behind this noble initiative are Deirdre Khoo and Liam Wigney, both are professional performers who recognised the negative impact that COVID-19 has had on the arts. This was their chance to support other artists in their industry.

“Future Oz Inc. was originally created to unite musical theatre students across Australia and offer alternative means for these students to perform in midst of the pandemic. Despite the efforts to keep the outbreak in control, the last week in Australia has reinforced that this virus is still very much an unpredictable risk.”

– dierdre khoo

COVID-19 has affected the Australian Arts extensively, including many arts students whose training might have been compromised at their respective arts institutions.

President of Future Oz, Liam Wigney believes that “it’s important for us to keep this project moving forward so that graduates can have a platform” and “organisations that have been overlooked by government support are able to get the funding they need”.

Future Oz is excited to showcase the wonderful talent of 2021 and, hopefully, continue to be a platform for graduating performers in the years to come.

Details of the Livestream Concert are as follows:
When: Monday 5 July 2021
Time: 7.30pm AEST
To access the Livestream Concert click here.
To donate click here.

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