From Bennelong Point to the Nation was a trial project that used broadband technology to increase access to performing arts education and vocational learning for people living in remote and regional areas of Australia.
The project was funded by the Commonwealth Government as part of its Broadband Enabled Education and Skills Services (BEESS) program. The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) evaluated the project’s success, and summarised its learnings to offer recommendations to Sydney Opera House and other education and arts providers.
Each year, 170,000 young people, their families, students and teachers attend high-calibre performing arts and creative learning experiences at Sydney Opera House through its Children, Families and Creative Learning program. From Bennelong Point to the Nation investigated and trialled how to extend the program’s reach to deliver live, interactive digital learning experiences to improve educational and vocational outcomes and develop cultural literacy across Australia.
Partnerships with some of Australia’s major performing arts companies, educational institutions and national vocational learning providers were key to the project’s success. The project evaluated artistry and pedagogy in the digital space and the impact of different technologies and infrastructures on digital learning experiences.