A flying trapeze will be a feature on the Tennant Creek landscape for three weeks from mid-July, coinciding with this year’s Desert Harmony Festival.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said today the Australian Government would provide $33,170 to festival organiser Barkly Regional Arts to enable it to bring trapeze specialist Fly Factory and its outdoor rig to Tennant Creek.
“Fly Factory will offer free flying experiences and run trapeze workshops over the three weeks as well as running CircFit classes based on circus and acrobatic activities. They will also offer BodyArt and Tribal Rhythm classes,” Senator Scullion said.
“They will create a community performance piece for the Desert Harmony Festival which community members can choose to perform, and they will be invited to attend more intensive sessions to prepare for the performance.
“Fly Factory’s involvement will enhance the festival’s theme of ‘Healthy Eating, Healthy Living’ by focusing on active and fun skills development.”
Flying Trapeze workshops will start on 17 July, followed by CircFit classes on 29 July. Fly Factory will also perform a spectacular show for the festival’s opening night.
“This is a great example of the Coalition Government’s support ensuring small remote communities like Tennant Creek get to experience activities that are usually confined to larger regional or metropolitan centres,” Senator Scullion said.
The Government funding is from the Festivals Australia programme that supports participation and audience engagement in local festivals and experiences.
Minister for the Arts, Mitch Fifield, said more than $750,000 had been committed to 18 projects to assist community members living in regional and remote Australia to participate in or attend an arts-driven experience at a festival or community celebration.
Information about Festivals Australia can be found on the Ministry for the Arts website: http://arts.gov.au/festivals-australia