More than $870,000 will be shared by 25 regional arts and culture projects through Round 12 of the Festivals Australia program.
The program helps build the profile of artists and enables them to foster creative partnerships through festivals and community events, whilst increasing arts access in regional and remote areas.
The successful projects reflect Australia's diverse and vibrant arts sector across many art forms including music, theatre and visual arts. Successful projects in the latest round include:
Sunshine Coast Regional Council (QLD) will present Horizon Open Air Hinterland at the Horizon Festival 2021, a series of live music performances where local and visiting audiences can come together to experience outdoor concerts by Queensland-based artists, including First Nations artists.
The City of Karratha (WA) will develop Puppets of the Pilbara at the Red Earth Arts Festival, a community engagement and skills development project with puppetry and mask making workshops in schools and community venues culminating in the performance of the Ngurra Nyujunggamu (Yindjibarndi Puppet Creation Stories) by the Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation.
Four Winds Concerts Inc (NSW) will present a Digital Showcase at the Four Winds Spring Youth Music Festival, featuring talented young people performing to a live audience in the Windsong Pavilion. Each performance will be filmed and uploaded onto a website as a Digital Festival.
Each year the program provides around $1.2 million through two competitive funding rounds to support arts projects at festivals in regional Australia.