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In line with Australian Government requirements to keep our community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, our doors are currently closed at The Joan. However, we are excited to announce that our doors at Penrith Regional Gallery are now open for you to enjoy the works of our current exhibition, Dream Realised: our community victory. Penrith Conservatorium will reopen for regular face-to-face private lessons, group lessons and ensembles from Term 3 starting Monday 20 July 2020.

We continue to work on ways to stay connected with you and to support your creative learning and inspiration online.

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The Joan is the heart of the creative west. Where arts and culture meets community, where we make art, love art and share art. Fine music, contemporary music; all kinds of drama, dance, installation, mixed media, ideas, circus and song.

It’s all part of our story at The Joan.




Welcome to 2020

We love each and every show at The Joan. We love the big ones, the small ones and those that refuse to be defined. We know each show has its own voice and song and story and we want to help you connect with the right show for you. In 2020, we celebrate all the love and stories that know no bounds.
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Get cosy with us at home this winter with our Crea Get cosy with us at home this winter with our Creative Care Packs! While our doors still remain closed, we continue to share ideas that can help you dream, unwind, and just simply be happy.  If you'd like to receive a Creative Care Pack from us in your email inbox every week, let us know by dropping an email to newsfromthejoan@penrith.city  #homewiththejoan  Image credit: Christina Mishell
Did you know that the Joan Sutherland Performing A Did you know that the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre is the only public performing arts centre in the world that acclaimed Australian operatic singer Dame Joan Sutherland allowed to use her name*. During the opening of the centre, Dame Joan performed Arneโ€™s When Dasies Pied and Tostiโ€™s Serenata, accompanied by her husband Richard Bonygne. After two encore performances, the pair received a standing ovation. This auspicious event also marked the last recital of Dame Joanโ€™s career. Here is a photo of the pair following their performance on the night. *The Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House was named after Dame Joan's death, it was known as the Opera Theatre until 2012.  #homewiththejoan
โœ๏ธ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜‚๐˜€!  Being in lockdown has certainly changed the way we live, flipped our usual routines, and transformed our day-to-day-experiences. We'd love to find out how you've been doing, and hear stories of your life in lockdown - surprising, heart-warming or even funny! Share it with us via email at newsfromthejoan@penrith.city in 40 words - you can send photos or videos too.  We'll feature some of our favourites in our Creative Care Packs โค๏ธ and on our social channels in the coming weeks, and the best stories will also stand a chance to win a $50 Gift Voucher to spend on something beautiful from @penrithregionalgallery's Gift Shop*. This round closes 31 May, so get your entries ready!  PS: If you're not on our database yet, and you'd like to receive Creative Care Packs from us every week, let us know via email too! *Terms & Conditions apply.  Image: Teniola Komolafe  #homewiththejoan #homewithprg
Did you know that The Joan was designed by the acc Did you know that The Joan was designed by the acclaimed Australian architect Phillip Cox? 
Arguably one of Penrith's finest buildings, the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre was designed by the acclaimed Australian architect Philip Cox. His impressive resume also includes the design of the old Sydney Football Stadium (and the new Sydney Football Stadium), the Australian Maritime Museum, the Melbourne Park Tennis Centre and King Street Wharf at Darling Harbour. Here is a photo of the construction of our magnificent theatre.  Image: The construction site of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, image courtesy of Penrith City Library.  #homewiththejoan
๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐— ๐—œ๐—š๐—›๐—ง ๐—–๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐— ๐—œ๐—š๐—›๐—ง ๐—–๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ง: @qtheatre_ is inviting local singers and string players to join them in performing a song! ๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽป All Might is a song from a new musical by Nicholas Christo and Paul Smith which was originally envisaged as a part of a live performance event. However, due to the current health crisis, they have reimagined this project as an online performance piece inspired by Brisbaneโ€™s Couch Choir.  Participants will be invited to rehearse their part at home using their online resources, record and submit it! All contributions will be edited into a beautiful version of the song and will be shared online. Singers and string players of all abilities are invited to take part! No auditions required and participation is FREE.  If you are interested in being part of All Might or to find out more, please send an email to Q Theatre's Producer, Melissa Cannon at melissa.cannon@penrith.city  Image: Christina Mishell