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Community Arts Event & Festivals Promotion Fund

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Victoria is the cultural capital of Australia and a Liberal Nationals Government will ensure it stays that way.

Growing and developing creative talent often starts at the grassroots, in our suburbs and regional cities.

That’s why an elected Liberal Nationals Government will establish and support a Community Arts Event and Festival Promotion Fund to assist small, community led festivals and arts events in their marketing to attract more community support and patrons. 

Often, regional and outer suburban festivals and events that become part of the Victorian events calendar on an ongoing basis begin as community ideas.  They can take years to grow, develop and gain momentum.

A Liberal Nationals Government will provide support to festivals and events of this nature so they can creatively evolve, develop and become a fixture on our cultural calendars. 

Festivals and events which can apply for marketing grants of up to $2000 per event will include categories like music, art, writers, Food & Wine and craft festivals.

Organisers will be able to use these funds for social media advertising, neighbouring area publications or even a small spot in the Melbourne tourism publications.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Arts and Culture, Heidi Victoria:

“I’m a great believer in tourism led by arts and culture, and nurturing our creative talents across Victoria.

This is a practical idea that will support organisers of community festivals and events in those challenging early stages. 

Victoria is already the cultural capital of Australia but a Liberal Nationals Government is committed to doing even more to cement our reputation.”