Six of Tassie’s top events to get $21m boost

Dark MOFO one of six Tassie events to get a funding boost.

The Tasmanian government will invest $21 million into six major events.

The finding will go towards the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Dark Mofo, Festivale, Mona FOMA, Targa Tasmania and the Junction Arts Festival, which combined generate $170 million in economic benefit for the state.

“What we’re going to be doing through Events Tasmania is speaking to each of these organisers, understanding what their plans are for the future and looking how we can partner with them to deliver,” said Hospitality and Events Minister Sarah Courtney.

“One of the key strategies in our events portfolio is to drive visitation into regional areas and to ensure that we have people coming to our state at different times of the year.”

Australian Wooden Boat Festival general manager Paul Stephanus told The Mercury the funding would help the festival to continue to attract visitors to the state.

“And I’m just so heartened that the state government sees the cultural and economic benefit of the festival and I’m really looking forward to working with Minister Courtney and the state government to ensure that the festival is a long term success for decades to come,” he said.