The New Visions/New Voices Festival of New Works for Young Audiences, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, is a key event in youth performing arts in the country. Previously an all-American affair, Lowdown Editor Tony Mack facilitated discussions between the Australia Council and Kim Peter Kovac, the co-founder of the festival, about an Australian inclusion during his visit to Australia in 2005.
The Director of Theatre at the Australia Council, John Baylis, successfully negotiated a relationship with the Kennedy Center and Windmill Performing Arts was invited to the 2006 festival. Co-founders Kim Peter Kovac and Deirdre Lavrakas continued to support an Australian entry in 2008, 2010 and 2012. The Australia Council Annual Report for 2005/2006 lists the New Vision/New Voices relationship as a major highlight for Theatre in that year.
Lowdown promoted Australian TYP (Theatre for Young People) companies during the event and reported on the experience.