Four cultural festivals in the Northern Territory have received financial support through the Coalition Government’s Festivals Australia programme.
The funding has been announced by the Minister for the Arts, Mitch Fifield, and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion.
“Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair has received funding of $106,700 to support interactive artist workshops during the free public programme of the annual art fair,” Senator Scullion said.
“The workshops will allow audiences to immerse themselves in different creative processes, and provide a unique insight into the creation of high quality artwork.”
Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair executive director, Claire Summers, said the art fair’s foundation was delighted to receive the support from Festivals Australia.
“These funds will enable us to curate an even more diverse artist workshop programme, providing greater opportunities for our audiences to meet and genuinely engage with some of our country’s most renowned artists,” Miss Summers said.
“The Festivals Australia grant will ensure that our event continues to be the most prestigious Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art fair nationally and internationally.”
Senator Scullion said the Barunga Festival had received $35,860 to run art, music and culture workshops led by three well known Indigenous bands – B2M, The Lonely Boys and the Mambali Band.
“The workshops will provide the remote community with an opportunity to participate in music workshops and for the non-Indigenous festival audience to learn about Indigenous language and culture,” Senator Scullion said.
Barunga Festival director, Mark Grose, said: “We would like to thank the Minister for his ongoing support and these funds will help strengthen the cultural content of the 2017 Festival and prepare the way for the 30th anniversary of the Barunga statement in 2018.”
Senator Scullion said the Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival would use funding of almost $20,000 to take festival activities to less mobile members of the community affected by health, mobility and socio-economic factors. The activities will be taken to three separate public locations, including the Nightcliff shopping centre.
“The Darwin Performing Arts Centre has received funding of almost $26,000 for a Larrakia Puppet Project during Darwin’s Garrmalang Festival which will bring traditional and contemporary Aboriginal stories to life in a unique format for families,” Senator Scullion said.
Minister Fifield said the Coalition Government was pleased to provide more than $880,000 to support 20 cultural projects across regional and remote Australia.
“Festivals and cultural celebrations are vital to the strength and vibrancy of local communities,” Minister Fifield said.
Each financial year approximately $1.2 million is provided to the Festivals Australia programme to support arts and cultural activities being showcased in regional and remote Australia.
Further information about the programme is available here.