Regional festivals in WA receive funding boost

A writers’ festival in Geraldton, community sculpture in Esperance, and a series of astro-photography activities in Mount Magnet are some of the events receiving funding from the latest round of WA’s Regional and Remote Festivals Fund.

Eight regional organisations will share in more than $289,000 from the fund to deliver their events and activities.

Esperance Community Arts will receive $47,080 for the Kaddatji Nyungar Boodja Community Sculpture project, where artists will work with community members to create large scale sculptures to be displayed at the Esperance Wildflower Festival in September 2021.

Other initiatives receiving grants through the program are City of Greater Geraldton ($24,950) to assist with the curation and delivery of the artistic program which will form the basis of the Big Sky Festival 2021; Shire of Yalgoo ($20,000) to run the Open Air Sculpture Gallery, part of the Emu Festival 2021; Shire of Mount Magnet ($14,100) for SciArt & Astro-Photography Activities, culminating in an Astro-Photography Exhibition; York Arts and Events ($48,541) for presentation of the 7th annual York Festival; Shire of Merredin ($35,000) for War Stories Illumination Projections, as part of the inaugural Memorial Festival; Big hART Inc ($50,000) for Songs for Peace 2021, a month-long series of events; and Annette Nykiel ($49,710) for the We Must Get Together Sometime exhibition and related events.

The Regional and Remote Festivals Fund is a program delivered as part of the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program, which supports arts and cultural activity at regional and remote festivals in Western Australia.

“We know that our arts sector, particularly in regional WA, has had a tough year due to COVID-19 restrictions,” said Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman.

“So, it’s great to know that these initiatives will be providing an outlet for artists, and opportunities for community members to get involved and be creative.”