AusStage provides an accessible online resource for researching live performance in Australia. Development is led by a consortium of universities, government agencies, industry organisations and collecting institutions with funding from the Australian Research Council and other sources.
AusStage enables research on live performance as a wealth-producing creative industry, a generator of social capital and an indicator of the nation's cultural vitality. Australia stages some of the most ambitious, innovative and socially significant live events. Live interaction at communal events is essential to the cultural life of the nation. Innovative live performances project images of Australian culture to audiences here and overseas.
AusStage is committed to collecting and sharing information about Australian live performance as an ongoing, open-access and collaborative endeavour. Our project office and server infrastructure are housed at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. Our users come from across Australia and around the world.
By sharing our knowledge through AusStage, we can learn more about Australian performance than ever before.
AusStage welcomes contributions from many users - from artists, spectators, producers, agents, students, teachers, researchers, librarians, archivists and the public.
Researchers and students use AusStage to develop new knowledge about live performance in Australia and to assess the contribution that live events make to the nation's cultural vitality and international image.
Companies, artists and reviewers use AusStage to find out who's doing what in the live performance industry. Librarians, archivists and museum staff use AusStage as a source of information on items in their collections and to assist the public with enquiries.
Researchers in universities, performing arts organisations and government agencies are working with AusStage to map patterns of live performance over time and space, to explore networks of artistic creativity in the performing arts, and to create opportunities for audience research and development.
AusStage is an event database of Australian live performance. Information about performances is recorded in six main ways:
The extent and coverage of the AusStage database is described in Data Scope. The number of records entered into the AusStage database is presented in Analytics. The structure of the database is further described in Data Models.