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Eurostar Entertainment team, from left, Andrew Rickard, Joe Teixeira, Helen Rimanic and Tara Nichols.

“It’s the beginning of a new era, promising to infuse the city’s entertainment scene with an international flair and diversity never seen before,” says entertainment leader JOE TEIXEIRA.

In the heart of Canberra, a recent shift has occurred in the entertainment landscape, says Eurostar Entertainment managing director Joe Teixeira.

Eurostar Entertainment is an entertainment agency launched in 2021, says Joe, and it has recently taken over Funnell Entertainment, one of Canberra’s longest-standing entertainment agencies. 

“This bold move marks the beginning of a new era, promising to infuse the city’s entertainment scene with an international flair and diversity never seen before,” he says.

With experience spanning more than 20 years in the entertainment industry, Joe says he is building on a 40-year legacy of delivering entertainment in Canberra, after purchasing the agency from Andrew Rickard, who had bought Funnell Entertainment from industry stalwart Peter Funnell in 2017. 

“Having worked with an impressive array of artists, including big names such as Kasey Chambers, Troy Cassar-Daley, and international stars like The Pointer Sisters and Belinda Carlisle, Joe says his passion for live entertainment is the driving force behind the acquisition. 

“I saw an opportunity to build on what we’ve created with Eurostar Entertainment in Australia and offer the community something extraordinary – a different vibe to the entertainment scene,” he says.

The vision for Eurostar Entertainment is not just intended to impact Canberra, says Joe. 

Eurostar’s roster boasts a line-up of international artists from countries such as Portugal, Italy, France, Ireland and Spain, he says. 

These artists are not just visiting for one-off shows, they are brought to Australia for extended periods, sometimes up to three months, he says, making them available for public and private bookings.

“Our artists are highly successful professional performers in their home countries,” says Joe. 

“Bringing them here not only introduces Australian audiences to new musical genres and performances but also enriches our cultural landscape.

“The company is committed to promoting local talent by providing them with opportunities to support touring artists, creating a unique blend of global and local entertainment experiences for audiences.”

Joe says one of the most innovative aspects of Eurostar Entertainment’s business model is the Sponsor an Artist program. 

“This initiative allows businesses, cultural organisations or even individual patrons the chance to bring their favourite artists to perform in Australia,” he says. 

“We work closely with our clients to ensure a seamless experience, from the initial idea to the final standing ovation.”

Joe says the acquisition of Funnell Entertainment is more than just a business transaction; it is a “visionary step forward” that will undoubtedly elevate the entertainment scene in Canberra and beyond to new heights. 

He says by integrating experience, quality local acts, and the expertise of Funnell Entertainment with Eurostar’s innovative approach and international network, he and his team are poised to deliver Australians world-class entertainment.

“For venues and corporate event planners looking to add an international flavour to their line-up and create unforgettable experiences, and for private individuals dreaming of hosting their favourite artist at a personal gathering, Eurostar Entertainment is opening doors to big possibilities,” says Joe. 

As Eurostar Entertainment ushers in this new era, Joe says he remains at the helm, guided by his passion for live entertainment and a vision to enrich the cultural tapestry of Australia.

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