Aurora goes local with new home grown shows
Aurora to focus on in-house production with ‘My Community’
and brings back a revamped ‘Chatterbox’
Sydney, 19March, 2013: Premiering this month on Aurora, Australia’s leading not-for-profit STV community channel, is new program My Community focusing on local stories and produced entirely in-house. Also airing is the latest installation of community chat show Chatterbox, now in its second season.
CEO of Aurora, Phyllisse Stanton said: “We are putting more emphasis into producing our own local content at Aurora, to shine a spotlight on the great work happening in communities across the country.”
The fortnightly show My Community premieres Thursday 21 March at 7pm and focuses on the people and organisations that are doing great work in their small corners of the country. Some episodes will be fully created by Aurora’s in-house team and others will be sourced from people and organisations who want to contribute ready-made stories.
Ms Stanton commented: “We encourage all Australians to put forward their stories for broadcast on national television. We are looking forward to receiving content such as short-films, documentaries and interviews to feature in the new program.”
The first episode will feature vox pops around the theme ‘What does community mean to you?’ as well as a film produced by the University of Sydney about local artist John Mundine and his push to have a large scale artwork installed at the Sydney Opera House to recognise the country’s cultural history.
Also screening this month is the second season of Aurora’s popular chat show Chatterbox, which commenced on Tuesday 12 March and is running until early October. Continuing with its community focus, the show is taking a new approach this year with a greater focus on the arts.
Ms Stanton added: “After a successful first season of Chatterbox, we are pleased to bring the show back again this year with a fresh new look. We are again partnering with ICE, the tech and arts organisation in Parramatta, and focusing on a youth orientated audience. This year Chatterbox is looking edgier than ever.”
Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) is a community, cultural, information technology and arts organisation that works across the Greater Western Sydney region, and is particularly noted for its work with young people and newly arrived migrant and refugee communities.
About Aurora: Aurora is committed to screening interesting, diverse and innovative content to encourage awareness and understanding of community issues and interests. All Australians have the unique opportunity to have their work broadcast on a national platform. Aurora Community Channel is a partner of Australian Made and is proudly supported by FOXTEL.
About Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE): ICE works resourcefully and creatively with digital technologies to harness the energies and artistic expressions of the most culturally diverse region of Australia. Tracking the rapid shifts and creative surges in our region, ICE give voice and provide professional opportunities to artists and communities who will transform the directions and definitions of sustainable arts activities in Western Sydney and, potentially, the nation.
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