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    Applications Open for Festivals Australia Funding


    Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts


    Senator for Queensland

    Arts and culture organisations are invited to apply for a share of more than $500,000 available in funding across Australia for arts projects at festivals and significant one-off community celebrations.

    Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP and Senator Susan McDonald invite organisations to apply for the next round of Festivals Australia funding.

    Festivals Australia funds arts projects including parades, performances, workshops and installations to promote community engagement at local festivals in regional and remote Australia.

    Senator McDonald especially encouraged groups in regional Queensland to apply, saying festivals in those areas were often the major highlight for the year.

    She cited regional events that have already received funding in the past 12 months, such as: Knitfest in Maleny ($15,000); Mackay Festival of Arts ($24,200); Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival ($50,000); Dalby’s Delicious & DeLIGHTful Festival ($17,250); African Festival in Townsville ($40,000); Tablelands Folk Festival ($21,388); and the Scenic Rim Regional Arts Conference and Celebration ($40,000).

    “Through Festivals Australia funding, artists and organisations can deliver important cultural events that bring people to regional towns and boost local economies,” she said.

    “Every regional city and town has a festival and it’s important they continue.”

    Minister Fletcher said the Government was committed to providing opportunities to share and explore Australian stories and identity through the arts.

    “Arts projects funded by Festivals Australia provide valuable opportunities for local artists to come together to share their works, and are a drawcard for tourists.”

    Applications close on Sunday March 22 at 5pm.

    Organisations looking to apply are encouraged to check the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS Remoteness Areas 2011) to determine whether their festival is in an eligible location.

    For more information and to apply visit:


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