Introductory Guide To Performing Arts Touring in Australia

National Performing Arts Touring

Performing arts touring enables those living in urban, regional and remote places to share their stories and experiences and develop a tangible sense of a much broader cultural landscape.

Numerous studies confirm the significance of the arts as a contributor to economic and community wellbeing. Touring the performing arts beyond our cities to outer urban, regional and remote locations is critical to improving the quality of life for all Australians.

All types of performing arts go on tour: including one person shows to 100 piece orchestras, large scale operas and dramatic works, comedy duos and musical trios, ballet corps, soloists and contemporary dance companies, circus acts and physical theatre performances, musicals, cabarets, and more..

The Performing Arts Touring Alliance formed as a peak body to support the development and viability of the sector for the benefit of all Australians.


PATA’s current focus is on professional performing arts touring to professionally managed venues with an itinerary including three or more States or Territories.

PATA acknowledges that the mechanisms and policies that underpin national touring will have value for the volunteer and community presenter circuits and that opportunities will be sought to expand the outcomes of PATA in the future to support the differing needs of other touring circuits.

Why A Guide?

In Australia, distance makes touring challenging - for example, travel and logistics are expensive and complex. Across the nation, different systems and processes have evolved to meet these challenges. This guide describes the matrix of approaches to touring and introduces the key stakeholders, events and networks that can support those setting up paths to touring.