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$20,000 for the Horsham Regional Arts Association.

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Wednesday, 31 October 2001


The Horsham Regional Arts Association Inc will receive $20,000 from the Federal Government Festivals of Australia Programme for the Festival Art is … a circus.

John Forrest, Federal Member for Mallee welcomed the funding, which is for the project Juggling the Elements within the Festival and will focus on a community awareness programme about water quality.

Mr Forrest said, "It is terrific that a project such as this has been funded under this programme. Water quality is such an important part of rural life and I am pleased to see that this important issue is being presented in this format.

"Performance workshops with the youth of the region will include skills such as body warm up and performance preparation, stilt walking, acrobatics and presentation.

"Construction workshops will teach skills in puppet design and construction, sewing and working with various materials such as latex, silicon and foam.

"Other workshops planned as part of the project include juggling, balancing, unicycling, drumming and general clowning", Mr Forrest said.

The Federal Government is committed to providing increased access to the arts for communities in regional and rural Australia such as Horsham.

Mr Forrest said, "Through this programme the Government is providing significant financial support, which is vital in strengthening and enriching regional communities and encouraging community participation in cultural events".

Through the Federal Government assistance, more cultural activities have and will continue to be available Australia wide.

Grants to 3 Wimmera Mallee community festivals worth $62,000 were announced Saturday in Adelaide in the latest round. These grants have gone to Rainbow Iris Festival ($10,000), Mildura Arts Festival Inc ($32,000) and Horsham Regional Arts Association ($20,000).

A full list of the successful grantees Australia wide is available online at