Joint Media Release with Minister for the Arts Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
Two Territory festivals will receive funding through the latest round, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, announced.
“I am pleased to announce that the Desert Harmony Festival in Tennant Creek has received $44,000 and the Katherine Junk Festival $28,050,” Senator Scullion said.
“This year’s Desert Harmony Festival will present the Festival Fauna- From Junk to Funk project, and will see musical sculptor, Steve Langton, conduct workshops over six weeks to make six musical seat sculptures each incorporating a stylized tuned percussion with a local fauna theme. Each seat will have its own acoustic voice and sculptural form and when installed together will be capable of orchestral harmony. ”
“The funding for Katherine Junk Festival, will go to The Junky Moves project which will engage young people through a series of contemporary dance workshops held by two Indigenous contemporary dancers over three weeks. The choreography will be influenced by the theme of industrial waste and equipment that is left scattered around the country side. Multimedia sound and images will be used to capture this theme during the performance to be held at the 2018 Katherine Junk Festival.”
“The Federal Coalition Government’s investment in these significant regional Territory festivals is proof of our strong commitment to both Katherine and Tennant Creek,” Senator Scullion said today.
Minister for the Arts, Mitch Fifield, said the Coalition Government has announced more than $474,000 through the latest Festivals Australia funding round to support 11 arts and cultural projects across regional and remote Australia.
“Festivals and cultural celebrations inspire, educate and entertain audiences across Australia. They are a crucial and meaningful demonstration of the identity and vibrancy of our local communities,” said Minister Fifield.
“Programs such as Festivals Australia, support the creation and delivery of a diverse range of high-quality and innovative performances and events across regional and remote Australia, which further enables artists and organisations to help shape Australia’s cultural landscape and increase our cultural diversity.”
Each year the Government provides around $1.2 million through Festivals Australia, over two funding rounds, to support and showcase arts and cultural events in regional and remote Australia.
For more information about the Festivals Australia program and to view the full list of recipients visit: www.arts.gov.au/festivals