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The Australia-China Council has supported Australia’s top ballet troupes and symphony orchestras to tour China over the past 40 years, as well as assisting many Chinese artists, performers, and groups to visit Australia. The earliest visit was by the Fukien Puppet Theatre troupe in 1979. The troupe attended a conference on puppetry in Hobart and were then presented by Carrillo Gantner at Melbourne’s Playbox Theatre.
Carrillo Gantner, Founder of the Playbox Theatre and former Cultural Counsellor, Australian Embassy Beijing, provides an account of bringing the Fukien puppet troupe to Australia.