Joint Media Release with the Minister for the Arts Senator Mitch Fifield
The Australian Boys Choir will visit Central Australia for the first time, thanks to funding provided under the Coalition Government’s Festivals Australia programme.
The support from the Coalition was announced today by the Minister for the Arts, Mitch Fifield, and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion.
“I am pleased to announce that Central Australian Singing Incorporated has received approximately $41,000 to support the Australian Boys Choir performing at concerts during the final weekend of the Desert Song Festival in September,” Senator Scullion said.
“In what will be its first visit to Central Australia in its 78-year history, the Australian Boys Choir will collaborate in presentations with Asante Sana, the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir, and Poco Tutti, a company of artists with disabilities from Adelaide that is the 2017 festival’s headline act.
“As well as Alice Springs, the Australian Boys Choir will visit Ormiston Gorge and Hermannsburg.
“Barkly Regional Arts Inc has also received funding of almost $48,000 for the Dreams and Dreaming (Winkarra) Stories project, which will form part of the Desert Harmony Festival in Tennant Creek in August.
“This project will see the collection and recording of stories from within the community, enabling people’s dreams and cultural dreaming (Winkarra) to be shared with festival audiences. The project will present various art forms including storytelling, song writing, visual arts, podcasting, spoken word/poetry, cooking and digital projection.”
Minister Fifield said the Coalition Government had announced more than $470,000 through the Festivals Australia March funding round to support 13 arts and cultural projects across regional and remote Australia.
“The Coalition Government is committed to ensuring people living in regional and remote areas have the opportunity to participate in and enjoy community festivals and celebrations where they live,” Minister Fifield said.
For more information about the programme and to view the full list of recipients visit:www.arts.gov.au/festivals