Indigenous festivals in Qld get $200k boost

Laura Quinkan Dance Festival.

The Queensland Government has announced $200,000 in new funding to support Indigenous festivals, events and jobs for the Year of Indigenous Tourism.

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said applications for event funding were now open.

“This is an excellent opportunity to develop existing and new Indigenous tourism experiences and encourage even more visitors to make Queensland their destination of choice,” Hinchliffe said.

“With Covid-19 disrupting tourism in 2020, the Palaszczuk Government has extended the Year of Indigenous Tourism to the end of 2021.

“The Year of Indigenous Tourism Festivals and Events Fund is putting $200,000 on the table to showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture to help tourism rebuild stronger.

“We’re looking to invest in innovative events and festivals that encourage off-season tourism and help local communities to thrive.”

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Craig Crawford said over five years, Indigenous tourism had increased by 6.4 per cent.

“More than 472,000 visitors have immersed themselves in the world’s oldest living cultures, right here in Queensland,” Crawford said.

“As more visitors seek out cultural experiences, Queensland is in a great position to be Australia’s leading destination for Indigenous tourism.”

The $200,000 Year of Indigenous Tourism Festivals and Events Fund is coordinated by Tourism and Events Queensland.