Cairns and Far North Queensland will enjoy greater access to cultural experiences such as dance, drama, writing and art thanks to the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch today announced the two successful local projects that will receive funding in the latest round.
He said arts and cultural activities and experiences were important points of connection for Far North Queensland, celebrating local talent, stories and experiences.
“The Morrison Government is absolutely committed to helping artists promote local stories to local audiences in regional and rural areas including her in Far North Queensland,” Mr Entsch said.
“The Cairns Tropical Writers Festival 2020 has secured $30,000 for its three-day festival that will bring together local, state and national writers, readers and thinkers.
“The program will include workshops, functions, book launches, debates, performances, guest speakers and will bring the community together in celebration of storytelling through writing, reading and viewing.”
“Bamaga-based playwright Dr Dennis MacIntosh and his team will receive $19,314 to bring its “I is Maggie” script to life.
“The script explores themes of migrant exploration and will be inclusive of culturally appropriate actor, directors and will create a respectful and safe cultural process for its intercultural script.”
Federal Arts Minister Paul Fletcher said the government supports a wide range of high quality arts projects through the fund.
He said each year the government provided around $3.5 million through the fund, which is delivered by Regional Arts Australia and organisations in each state and territory.
“Not only does government support give a cultural boost to our regional communities so they remain vibrant cultural hubs, the funding increases also employment and professional development opportunities for our world-class artists and performers,” he said.
For more information about the Regional Arts Fund visit: www.arts.gov.au/raf