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Australia: Kate Miller-Heidke Launches Funding Bid For Eurovision Staging

Australian Eurovision representative Kate Miller-Heidke has launched a funding bid through the Australian Cultural Fund to take her planned staging of Zero Gravity to the contest.

The Australian singer has already landed in Tel Aviv ahead of her first rehearsal for the contest, scheduled for Sunday.

Kate has posted a blog on the website of the Australian Cultural Fund, a fundraising platform for Australian artists, to secure funding for her Eurovision journey.

In the blog, Kate confirms that she has received funding from the Department of Communications and the Arts and Creative Partnerships Australia but the money donated from those organisations must be matched by donations from the public. Donations are accepted through the ACF website.

The blog also has some interesting suggestions about what we might expect from the Australian performance in the upcoming contest. It is likely to involve some developments from Kate’s winning performance in Australia Decides:

We are building on the staging I had in Australia Decides, working once again with the Melbourne-based and internationally renowned performing arts troupe Strange Fruit. The vision we have for those precious three minutes requires sophisticated mechanical apparatus, professional rigging, and experienced performers who are staggering physical virtuosos.

I am confident there has never been a performance like this on the Eurovision stage, but the catch for me is, the artist must fund it!

So far 18% of the required funding has been received. Before travelling to Tel Aviv, Kate had a busy past week, promoting her participation in this years Eurovision Song Contest. The artist has given a number of TV and written interviews across Australia. She has also released a 7th Heaven Remix and a Where’s It ATT remix of her entry and performed an acoustic version which premiered on Eurovision’s official channel.

Kate will represent Australia in the first semi-final of the 2019 contest on Tuesday 14 May. She will appear in running slot 12.

Source: Australian Cultural Fund

Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Australia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 as part of celebrations marking 60 years of the Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster SBS has broadcast Eurovision in Australia since 1983. Australia’s best result to date came in 2016 Australia when Dami Im, with the song “Sound of Silence,” finished in 2nd place in the final scoring 511 points, just 23 points away from victory.

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