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Federal government backs international music festival



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M Brian Howe

RELEASEDeputy Prime Minister Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services BH/26692 4 December 1992

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BACKS INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Federal Government today announced its sponsorship for the international music festival, WOMADELAIDE to be held in Adelaide next February.

Announcing the sponsorship today, the Federal Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services, Brian Howe, said that WOMADELAIDE represents a unique opportunity to highlight and inform the public of two major initiatives of the Federal

Government.

"I am thrilled that the Federal Government has been able to support WOMADELAIDE through our commitment to the International Year of the World's Indigenous People and the National AIDS Campaign", Mr Howe said.

"In developing national education programs on HIV/AIDS, it is essential for us to look at as many different ways as possible of reaching people, and musical events such as WOMADELAIDE provide us with a first class opportunity to get

some important messages across".

Womad, which stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance, is a British based organisation set up in 1982 by rock star Peter Gabriel to promote global understanding of different cultures through music.

At Womadealide next year Peter Gabriel will lead a line-up of 27 groups from 14 countries, including Australia's own Yothu Yindi and Mali's acclaimed Salif Kelta.

Mr Howe said that the festival is all about bringing people from very different cultures together.

"It is about enjoying our differences and learning a lot about the way other people live and express themselves. The arts are a vital part of that expression and the Federal Government is committed to spreading the multicultural message across the country next year as part of the

International Year of the World's Indigenous Peoples".

Womadelaide will be held in Adelaide's Botanic Park from 26 to 28 February next year.

Further information: Leith Greenslade, Brian Howe's Office, Phone: (06) 277 7680

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