Tina Arena on Enchanté: The Songs Of Tina Arena tour

Tina Arena will be in Canberra next year. Makeup and hair: Huw James. Stylist: Nick Lord. Picture: Bernard Gueit

Tina Arena will be in Canberra next year. Makeup and hair: Huw James. Stylist: Nick Lord. Picture: Bernard Gueit

Like a lot of people, Tina Arena is looking forward to the "new normal" that will follow COVID-19.

The singer - who is about to complete two weeks of quarantine after a recent trip to France - is ready to take on every opportunity that comes her way, starting with an eight-city Australian tour, expected to finish with a show at Canberra's Llewellyn Hall on May 29.

Enchanté: The Songs Of Tina Arena will include selections from her songbook, backed by a band plus string quartet.

"I've never taken performing for granted. I am nervous this time, of course, because I don't really know what it's going to look like," Arena said.

"People have lived a profound sense of the loss of something, and I'm so incredibly curious to see how we're all going to feel when we get in that room.

"I think my gut instinct tells me that it's going to be really emotive. There's going to be a lot of very highly attuned emotions and a profound level of appreciation for that wonderful piece of art and music, and the healing aspects of it. And how much we've missed it, and the role that it plays in all of our lives."

The singer is hoping hers will be one of the many tours by Australian acts scheduled for next year after the industry had been hit hard by COVID.

Arena has previously expressed concerns about the state of arts industry since the start of pandemic and is hoping the lack of international acts touring the country will translate into support for Australia's music industry.


"I'm particularly happy that Australian audiences will be able to see the Australian artistic pool a little more up close and personal. That really excites me really quite profoundly," she said.

"I think what tends to happen with many places, many cultures, is that they do tend to think that the grass is greener on the other side and sometimes tend to ignore the beautiful flowers or the beautiful things in their own backyard.

"It warms my heart to know that people will be able to perhaps see things through a bit of a different perspective."

Joining Arena on tour will be Eric Avery, a Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Bandjalang and Gumbangirr violinist, composer and dancer.

Graduating from NAISDA Dance College Avery has worked with Marrugeku, Black Arm Band, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Canberra Dance Theatre, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra and The Australian Ballet.

Tickets for Enchanté: The Songs Of Tina Arena go on sale from Monday, November 16. Go to tegdainty.com for ticketing and tour information.

This story Tina Arena announces 2021 Australian tour first appeared on The Canberra Times.