New app connects audiences to performing arts around Victoria in Australia

Published on : Thursday, February 14, 2013

Art lovers across the state in Victoria, Australia are now just a touchscreen away from a great night – or day –thanks to ShowDates, a new iPhone app developed by the Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres (VAPAC) and supported by the Victorian Government.

Victorian Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu congratulated VAPAC on the app, a guide to live performances across Victoria, which was launched recently at Melbourne’s Gasworks Arts Park.

“Victoria boasts an impressive network of professional performing arts venues right across the State, which between them attract more than 4 million visitors a year, and offer a diverse array of theatrical performances and activities,” Mr Baillieu said.

“ShowDates is a one stop shop to find out what’s on offer, plan a visit and book tickets to a show, wherever you are in Victoria.”

The free app allows users to search for performing arts spaces in their local area, browse through shows and book tickets directly with the venue. The app also connects users to reviews and YouTube clips and allows users to share their findings and favourites through social media.

The app was developed in collaboration with nearly 60 theatres and performing arts centres across the State, with support from the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria’s Innovative Marketing Progam.

“ShowDates is the first app of its kind in Australia and serves as another example of our State’s leadership in the arts and innovation,” Mr Baillieu said.

“It will be an important tool for performing arts spaces, providing them with a platform to promote their shows to new and diverse audiences.

“And for audiences, it’s never been easier to plan a great night out and find out why Victoria is Australia’s performing arts heartland.

“Download the ShowDates app and discover a whole world of entertainment options right on your doorstep,” Mr Baillieu said. ShowDates is now available to download for free from iTunes.

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