NARPACA is the peak body for performing arts centres in Queensland and the Northern Territory supporting a vibrant network of members to provide quality arts and cultural experiences to their communities. Individually NARPACA members are primarily the main presenters and advocates of cultural product within their region. Collectively NARPACA members provide access to the largest presenter group of performing arts product in Northern Australia.
NARPACA’s vision is to promote and ensure access to quality performing arts experiences for Northern Australian audiences by fostering a co-operative network of performing arts centres across Queensland and the Northern Territory that strive for best-practice in artistic programming, management and operations. Through leadership and advocating for member priorities, NARPACA plays a role in developing and maintaining a vibrant, innovative and sustainable performing arts sector.
- Excellence in Venue Management
- Value for Members
- Advocacy and Leadership
NARPACA bases the strategic delivery of services to members around five goals:
- Maintain and develop a diverse regional touring network
- Support best-practice in performing arts centre management, programming and operations
- Provide strong and innovative leadership for the sector and members
- Ensure that NARPACA is financially sustainable and managed responsibly and proactively
- Support the development and engagement of audiences in Queensland and Australia
NARPACA’s brief encompasses the needs of members who are engaged in a wide range of activities including the presentation of local and touring performing arts productions, community cultural development, commercial venue hire and non-arts events and functions such as meetings and conferences.
NARPACA members are responsible for professionally managed venues within their communities that stretch from the Gold Coast in the South to Mount Isa in the West, Cairns in the North to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Member-venues range in size, catchment and structure ranging from large metropolitan centres such as Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane to small regional centres such as Capella Cultural Centre. NARPACA venues also range in age such as the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba originally constructed in 1911, the Pilbeam Theatre in Rockhampton constructed in the 1970s and Redland Performing Arts Centre which officially opened in 2008. In recent years, membership has expanded to include theatres in both secondary and tertiary educational settings and performing arts producers seeking broader engagement with presenters in Northern Australia.
NARPACA is sustainably managed by an elected Committee and currently engages a part time Executive Officer and a part time Accounts Officer to assist with the day to day running of the organisation and high quality service delivery to members and stakeholders.