Grants available for Canberra’s new winter festival

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Canberra’s new winter festival has opened expressions of interest for grants between $5,000 and $20,000 that will support events and activities as part of the festival program.

Taking place on July 7-16, the festival is finally launching after delays caused by the pandemic. The program, currently being developed by creative director Yolande Norris, will be announced in the coming months along with the official name of the new festival.

“We’re looking for event organisers to bring forward ideas that enhance Canberra’s reputation as the knowledge capital and as a place that champions ideas and takes the lead,” said Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism Andrew Barr.

“These events and activities should reflect the festival’s aim to support collaboration between creatives, our higher education institutions, researchers and business. They should be uniquely Canberran as well as highlight and support our inclusive values.”

Minister for the Arts Tara Cheyne said the festival was a great opportunity for the local arts community.

“The grants program will prioritise opportunities to showcase artists, creatives and collaborators from across a wide range of disciplines, arts organisations, venues, and spaces,” Cheyne said.

“This will be a two-stage process with Expressions of Interest due by Sunday 12 February. Selected applicants will then be invited to make a full submission in late February to access a funding pool of $200,000.”

Guidelines for the Winter Festival Fund are available at