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$10,000 for Rainbow Iris Festival.



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Monday, 22 October 2001

$10,000 FOR RAINBOW IRIS FESTIVAL

The Rainbow Iris Festival will receive $10,000 from the Federal Government's Festivals of Australia Programme for their project The Flying Fruit Fly Circus.

John Forrest, Federal Member for Mallee welcomed the funding which will allow the Iris Festival to bring the Flying Fruit Fly Circus to Rainbow.

Mr Forrest said, "It's fantastic to see a small community like Rainbow put on an event like this to show the local kids a variety of entertainment.

"The project entails half an hour of entertainment by the Flying Fruit Fly Circus. The performers will conduct 2 x 1.5 hour workshops for local children. The project will also involve gymnastics, dancing and local talent", Mr Forrest said.

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

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 local 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 http://www.dcita.gov.au