ABOUT ACROSS THE BORDERS
Across The Borders is an independent arts management
company and international touring agency. Its headquarters
are based in Brunswick at the Mechanics Institute Performing
Arts Centre - the administration hub and box office for the
Brunswick Music Festival. The core business includes management
services and promotions in all styles of traditional and contemporary
The company specialises in the provision of services relating
- community events and festivals
- management of arts facilities
- promotion of traditional and acoustic music art forms
- organisation of tours for international touring artists
The company is also associated with specialist consultants
in production, design and publicity services.
Since establishment in the late 90's, the company has provided
management services for:
- The Brunswick Music Festival (1997-Current)
- Sydney Road Street Party (1997-Current)
- Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre (1997-Current)
- Brunswick Recordings (1991-1994)
In the touring arena the company has established
a reputation for securing artists of impeccable quality, diversity
and reliability. Seeking only the most interesting and outstanding
performers from both the English speaking world and the huge
diaspora of the non-English speaking world.
The Sydney Road Street Party is presented annually
in the first weekend of March, and is the opening event in
the annual Brunswick Music Festival.
ABOUT JOHN McAUSLAN
John McAuslan is the Director of Across the
John has been associated with the Brunswick
Music Festival since 1991 and became Festival Director in
After "too many years as a musician and manager of bands"
John began his association with the Festival in the position
of Music Coordinator in 1991. In this capacity he also became
label manager for Brunswick Recordings, one of Moreland City
Council's most innovative arts projects, which has produced
18 recordings to date on vinyl, cassette and CD.
Since becoming Festival Director, John has continued
to deliver the most exciting singers, songwriter and musicians
in world music to Brunswick.
John was a member of the steering committee
and first treasurer for the industry body Folk Alliance of
Australia, a member of the board of management of the Victorian
Folk Life Association, has served on the Arts Victoria festivals
panel, and was the Director of the 1985 National Folk Festival.
John is an accomplished performer in his own
right. He was a long standing member of the seminal Melbourne
band Poteen, released a solo album, The Immigrant, in 1988
on the Brunswick Recordings label, and can be heard on occassion
in the pubs an clubs of Brunswick fronting Rebels Without
Music Festival website