Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival in Darwin cancels over lack of funding

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A community festival in Darwin has been cancelled, with organisers blaming a lack of funding for the decision.

This year’s Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival has been cancelled after Nightcliff Arts, Music and Culture Inc. (NAMCI) said they were not able to secure government funding.

NAMCI chairman Andrew Arthur said it was a “shattering” decision to cancel the festival which was set to take place in May.

“I‘ve been involved since the first working group meeting 18 years ago so I’ve invested a lot of my life into this festival so it’s shattering,” he told the NT News.

“The local member also Minister for Major Events. She was on board when we first got the development money 18 years ago and I can’t work it out.”

But Minister for Major Events and Member for Nightcliff Natasha Fyles said the festival’s committee had not submitted a funding application.

“In previous years, the Festival has been successful in receiving ongoing funding, including providing three year tri-annual funding in 2017,” she said.

“Despite a consistent effort by NTMEC to engage with the Festival’s committee, they did not submit an application for funding for the 2022 event and we are disappointed to hear it will not be going ahead.

“The NT Government’s grant process ensures accountability, and that monies are used for correct purposes and are evenly distributed across the Territory – tax payers deserve nothing less.”