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Festival art grants open for artists and community groups

Jamie ThannooMidwest Times
The Star Dreaming dome theatre experience was brought to Geraldton with funding from Festivals Australia.
Camera IconThe Star Dreaming dome theatre experience was brought to Geraldton with funding from Festivals Australia. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

Applications are open for grants ranging from $5000 to $150,000 to support art at local festivals.

The Festivals Australia Grants Opportunity provides funding from the Federal Government for art projects at festivals and community events, with an emphasis on work that encourages community participation and audience engagement.

Projects can vary from parade to performance to installation or exhibition.

The aim of the program is to bring art experiences to those living in regional and remote Australia.

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Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price encouraged community organisations in the region to apply.

“Art is essential to any culture, creating a sense of identity and pride,” Ms Price said.

“These projects play an important role in helping to sustain and strengthen our communities.”

The grants program has helped fund numerous projects in WA, including $49,000 for the Star Dreaming dome theatre experience at the 2022 Shore Leave Festival in Geraldton, and $229,000 for the CREATURA and CONTOURS performances at the Gascoyne Travelling Arts Festival.

Funding is for projects commencing after February 1, 2023.

Applications close at 10pm on Wednesday, October 5.

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