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Festival fever to hit regional Australia



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Festival fever to hit regional Australia

17 January 2013 sc001/2013

Circus skills workshops, Indonesia art displays and Gubbi Gubbi dreaming stories are just some of the unique events and festivals on offer in regional Australia this year thanks to a federal funding boost.

Arts Minister Simon Crean today announced Festivals Australia funding of about half a million dollars for 27 projects and community festivals to showcase the creative and artistic talents of the regions.

"The Festivals Australia program supports regional communities to develop and nurture local artistic and creative talent by providing funding for an array of festivals, events and skill and training workshops," Mr Crean said.

"The grants provide an outlet for the wealth of artistic talent in our regions. These festivals and events originate in the regions and they are produced and performed in the regions, for the regions.

"These projects empower regional communities by building and sharing the skills of regional arts practitioners and stimulating and promoting local creative talent.

"Engagement with arts and culture helps to cement a sense of community, increase the liveability of our regions and provide an economic boost through local tourism.

"Investment in the arts is a vital investment all governments must make."

The successful applicants include:

 $26,105 to Artback NT Arts Development and Touring Inc in Borroloola in the Northern Territory to bring the Chooky Dancers from Elcho Island for workshops and performances at DanceSite

 $23,022 to Albury Library Museum in Albury, New South Wales, for its Australian Voices Community Public Art Project at the 2013 Write around the Murray Festival

 $33,220 to Gascoyne In May Inc to provide dance development and performance workshops to regional communities in remote Gascoyne areas of Western Australia during Gascoyne in May

 $30,000 to Regional Arts Victoria for artists to work with 10 Murray Darling Basin communities to create new works about river life through various locations

 $22,220 to RoxFM in Roxby Downs, South Australia, for a one-day youth arts festival event bringing contemporary youth culture artists to the desert

 $9200 to Nayri Niara Festival at Great Bay, Tasmania, to conduct a music writing and skill development workshop with young Tasmanian Aboriginal female musicians

 $11,500 to Sunshine Coast Regional Council for Floating Land at Boreen Point, a collaborative performance festival presenting projections and performance about art and nature. The 2010 Floating Land helped the Council win the inaugural Active Arts award at the 2012 National Awards for Local Government, and

 $16,450 to United Synergies to provide the opportunity to share the Sunshine Coast's Gubbi Gubbi dreaming stories at Tewantin, Queensland.

For a full list of successful recipients or to find out more about the Festivals Australia program, visit: www.australiacouncil.gov.au/touring/national-touring.

Media Contacts

 Media contact for Minister Crean's office: +61 2 6277 7380.