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Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Minister for Communications

Minister for the Arts

Manager of Government Business in the Senate

Festivals Australia program connecting regional communities

19 February 2016

The Australian Government today announced more than $750,000 for 18 projects from the Festivals Australia program that assists community members living in regional and remote Australia to participate in or attend an arts driven experience at a festival or community celebration.

Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield said the funding in this round will support 18 high quality, innovative festival related projects that aim to encourage community participation and attendance and support partnerships and collaboration across the arts and culture sector.

"This funding round includes both single and multi-year projects that will take place across six states and territories and represent a range of art forms from music, circus arts, community arts, multimedia, digital arts and craft," Minister Fifield said.

"I am particularly pleased that this latest round of funding not only represents a range of different art forms but also provides opportunities for sharing cultures, developing partnerships, community participation and more inclusive experiences for people with disability."

Festivals Australia program complements other Australian Government funding aimed at supporting cultural activity in regional communities, delivered through the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach program, the Visions of Australia program and the Regional Arts Fund.

With annual funding of approximately $1.2 million a year, Festivals Australia delivers two funding rounds each year, with allocation of funding decided on an open and competitive basis.

More information about Festivals Australia, how to apply for the next round and a list of current funding recipients can be found on the Ministry for the Arts website http://arts.gov.au/festivals-australia

Media contact: Justine Sywak | 0448 448 487 | Justine.Sywak@communications.gov.au

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