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City of Marion wins $25,000 Festivals Australia grant.



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2 June 2004

City of Marion wins $25,000 Festivals Australia grant

The City of Marion’s plans for the Marion Celebrates 2005 festival have received a $25,000 boost from the Federal Government, the Member for Boothby, Andrew Southcott announced today.

“The Council has been successful in gaining a special grant under the Festivals Australia program for a festival event known as ‘Project Habitat’,” Dr Southcott said.

“The grants program is especially designed to support festivals that celebrate cultural identity and feature strong community participation.

“The City of Marion received one of 3 grants awarded in South Australia. Across Australia, 32 events received funding totalling nearly $500,000.

”I congratulate the council for winning the grant and I am confident the funding will help to support what will be a vibrant, colourful and important local community event.”

Marion Celebrates is a biennial community-based festival which celebrates the community and identity of the Marion area. The four festivals which have occurred to date have brought a wide range of local people together to celebrate a sense of place through a one-day festival involving local groups and service organisations in performances, stalls, demonstrations, displays, art exhibitions, Sports Expo, bands, multicultural food fair, historic fair, BBQ's and busking.

City of Marion mayor Felicity-ann Lewis said the council was pleased the Federal Government recognised its efforts and achievements through this grant.

“Marion Celebrates is a significant local community festival, which promotes and profiles Marion's cultural vitality,'' Ms Lewis said.

“The festival features free professional and community performers, community arts and crafts exhibition, community expo for local clubs and organisations, street closure of Warracowie Way for street games and activities, facilitated arts workshops, decorations and attractions for everyone.''

Project Habitat is a cross-cultural community development project in partnership with culturally diverse and indigenous communities using art to explore the design of public spaces.

The project aims to design and build a visually powerful temporary installation, based on cultural skills and knowledge through arts workshops. The artwork will reflect both cultural and environmental sustainability.

Media contacts: John Deller (Dr Southcott’s office) on (02) 6277 4283 Tracie McPherson (City of Marion) on (08) 8375 6605

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