Western Australia Minister for Tourism Elizabeth Constable
Fashion, Sculpture, And Arts Events Receive $1.5 Million Funding Boost
Victor P Taffa
The State Government has given a $1.5 Million boost to ten events across Western Australia.
Tourism Minister Liz Constable said Events Corp’s Arts and Cultural Events Scheme (ACE) and the Regional Events Scheme (RES) helped develop arts, cultural and regional events in WA and attracted visitors to the State.
“Perth Fashion Festival; Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe; and the Fremantle Street Arts Festival are great examples of events that have thrived due to EventsCorp funding.” Mrs. Constable said.
“Events play an important role in growing tourism and increasing the targeted offerings of the State to both interstate and international visitors and Events Corp’s financial support enables events to develop to the next level.
“It is important to attract and encourage diverse events that strike a balance between culture and sport as they provide opportunities to engage locals and visitors to come together to celebrate what their area can offer, building a sense of community pride.” Mrs. Constable said.
The Minister said applications under both schemes were considered by a panel of industry experts with key criteria including the ability to attract visitors, generate media attention and potential to provide an economic boost.
“We received 25 applications for funding, across both schemes, and evaluated them against a stringent set of criteria and guidelines in choosing this year’s successful applicants.” the Minister said.
Regional, Arts and Cultural List of Events:
Perth Fashion Festival, September 9-15, 2010
Perth Fashion Festival is an annual week-long festival that includes 50 events, including 11 designer fashion parades, nine free-to-the-public retail fashion parades, a free-to-the-public kids parade, fashion workshops including Restyle, Chadwick Perth Model Search, Student Runway, pop-up shops, fashion talks with industry representatives and WA Fashion Awards.
Southern Art and Craft Trail, September 25-October 10, 2010
Galleries, art studios, wineries, restaurants, retail shops and various other venues will show exhibitions featuring a wide range of art and craft made by local artists and craft practitioners throughout the Great Southern region.
2010 Veteran’s Hockey Championship, September 27-October 9, 2010
A national championship competition that attracts high visitation to the State with over 1,000 players expected to visit Perth.
2010 Kickstarter’s Gascoyne Dash, October 28-31, 2010
A race down the dry riverbed from Gascoyne Junction to Carnarvon in purpose-built buggies and motorbikes, including a street parade and live bands in Carnarvon.
Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival, December 11-12, 2010
The festival celebrates the start of the cherry season including the Cherry Ball, a Long Table Lunch, live entertainment, cherry stalls in the town and a wood chopping competition.
Geographe Bay Race Week, Busselton, February 18-23, 2011
Western Australia’s largest annual yachting regatta attracting 120 yachts. The event features live entertainment, twilight sailing, a picnic race day and big band performances.
Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe, March 3-22, 2011
More than 70 sculptures by artists from across Australia and the world transform Cottesloe beach into a sculpture park.
Fremantle Street Arts Festival, April 23-25, 2011 (Easter Long Weekend)
The Fremantle Street Arts Festival is the largest street performance in Australia. The event is held on the streets of Fremantle and showcases busking style street performers.
Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster, May 2011
A celebration of the East Kimberley with over two weeks of music, dance, art, craft and indigenous cultural treats with a key attraction being the Kimberley Moon Concert.
Mundaring Truffle Festival, July 31-August 1, 2011
Gourmet Food and Wine Festival with a unique focus on truffles, focus on diverse art forms from culinary arts through to community craft with Truffle master class’s gala truffle dinners and a gourmet produce market.