Federal Arts Minister Paul Fletcher and Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch today announced funding for Torres Shire Council’s Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival through the Festivals Australia funding program.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said he had always been a big supporter of the biannual Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival.
“I am pleased to announce Torres Shire Council has received $55,000 for its ‘Preservation of Culture’ project through the latest round of the government’s Festivals Australia program enabling them to deliver their activity at the Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival,” Mr Entsch said.
“The project will see community members recreate pre-colonial villages from the five island clusters of the Torres Strait providing a ‘Celebration Area’ for performances.
“A traditional sail boat used for maritime activities between the islands will also be constructed.”
Minister Fletcher said the Morrison Government is focused on supporting the creative and cultural sector to take steps in recovering and safely returning to communities.
He said the government is providing almost $540,000 through the latest Festivals Australia round to support cultural projects at festivals in regional and remote Australia.
“The Festivals Australia program celebrates cultural projects and helps make them available to regional audiences across the country,” Mr Fletcher said.
“The latest round of funding will support 14 diverse projects, which will attract tourists and bring communities together.
“The Office for the Arts will work with organisations receiving funding on the timing and delivery of these activities in line with any current COVID-19 requirements.”
The Festivals Australia program supports arts projects that invite community participation and audience engagement at festivals in regional and remote Australia.
Around $1.2 million is provided each financial year through two competitive funding rounds to support arts projects at festivals in regional Australia.
The Government is investing $776 million in the arts and cultural sector in 2020-21 through its funding programs.