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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Celebrating community with Festivals Australia title of media release

Media release
3 November 2008
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Thirty-seven festivals around Australia will share in more than $497,000 under the latest round of Festivals Australia funding announced today by Arts Minister, Peter Garrett.

"Community festivals are a great way to bring people together to celebrate local community and culture," Mr Garrett said.

"This funding, through the Festivals Australia program, recognises the importance of these events in encouraging creativity and in providing a boost to local economies, with many festivals drawing visitors from far and wide."

Highlights from the current round include:
'Quorn Lights UP' at the Flinders Ranges Bush Festival in Quorn, South Australia-drawing and painting workshops for school children and the general public will result in illustrations and animations that will be used to wrap significant buildings in the town.

'Voices and Songs of the Otways 2009' at the Apollo Bay Music Festival in Apollo Bay, Victoria-professional practitioners will lead weekend songwriting workshops in folk, country and roots genres, leading to an all-in performance.

'Darwin's Evolution' at the Snap it Up! Festival in Darwin, Northern Territory-a series of workshops for young people investigating the evolution of 'our town' with images, installations and short performances.

Festivals Australia is an Australian Government funding program which provides funding for arts-based projects that enhance the cultural program of regional and community festivals.

The closing date for the next round of Festivals Australia funding is 15 February 2009. www.arts.gov.au/festivals 

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