Do you sell tickets for an event, performance or venue?
Sell more tickets faster with Eventfinda. Find out more. Find out more about Eventfinda Ticketing.

Kylie, Prince and MONA FOMA take out 2012 Helpmanns

Kylie MinoguePrince and Tasmanian festival MONA FOMA were among the winners of the 2012 Helpmann Awards for live entertainment held last night at the Sydney Opera House.

Minogue’s Kylie Aphrodite Les Folies Tour 2011, presented by the singer and Frontier Touring Company, took out the Best Australian Contemporary Concert category. She was up against her own Anti-Tour show, as well as those by Cold Chisel and Keith Urban. Prince’s Welcome 2 Australia tour, through Van Egmond Group and Chugg Entertainment, won Best International Contemporary Concert over Foo FightersRoger Waters and Sade.

The night was also a triumph for one of Australia’s most inventive festivals, Tasmania’s MONA FOMA, which was recognised as Best Contemporary Music Festival in its fourth year in existence. Curated in 2012 by the Violent Femmes’ and The Breakers’ bassist Brian Ritchie with the Museum of Old and New Art, it showcases artists from new media, sound, dance, theatre, visual art and performance. Its music acts have included PJ Harvey, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Grinderman, Philip Glass, John Cale and Amanda Palmer.

Other nominees in the festivals category were BluesfestFuture Music and Vivid Live.

In other notable wins, Tim Minchin won Best Comedy Performer, the Sydney Theatre Company's Gross Und Klein took out Best Director (Benedict Andrews) and Best Female Actor (Cate Blanchett) in a play, A Chorus Line won Best Musical, Circa won Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production and Opera Australia won Best Special Event for La Traviata on Sydney Harbour. 

The JC Williamson Award for outstanding contribution to the live industry was shared by the late Dr Jimmy Little AO and performing arts publisher Katharine Brisbane AM. Dr. Little’s award was presented to his manager, Graham Bidstrup and his niece Esther Cohen.

Now in their 12th year, The Helpmanns are produced by Live Performance Australia and cover musicals, theatre, opera, classical, comedy, cabaret, children’s events and plays.  

Among those performing last night were Dan Sultan - as part of a tribute to Jimmy Little - and some of the acts on the Long Way To The Top tour.

The awards will be broadcast tonight on Foxtel’s arts and entertainment channel STUDIO, from 8:30pm. 

- Jenny Noyes with Christie Eliezer, The Music Network  

Previous Article

Margaret River Gourmet Escape announces star-studded program

Margaret River Gourmet Escape announces star-studded program

Tuesday 25 September 2012

Next Article

Bondi Short Film Festival entries close soon!

Bondi Short Film Festival entries close soon!

Tuesday 25 September 2012

Latest News

Related Tours

Kylie: AntiTour

Kylie: AntiTour

Sun 18 Mar 2012 - Wed 21 Mar 2012

Vivid LIVE

Vivid LIVE

Fri 25 May 2012 - Mon 4 Jun 2012

Prince Australian Tour

Prince Australian Tour

Fri 11 May 2012 - Sun 27 May 2012

Long Way To The Top

Long Way To The Top

Fri 5 Oct 2012 - Sat 13 Oct 2012

Chugg Entertainment Presents

Chugg Entertainment Presents

Sat 8 Sep 2012 - Mon 4 Feb 2013

Related Artists

Cold Chisel

Rock

Australia

John Cale

Rock

Keith Urban

All Events

Australia

Opera Australia

Opera

Australia

PJ Harvey

Alternative, Indie

Prince

Pop

Sade

R&B, Soul

Sydney Theatre Company

Theatre

Australia

Related Venues

Sydney Opera House

1 Macquarie St, Circular Quay

Museum of Old and New Art

651-655 Main Road, Berriedale, Berriedale