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Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

Victoria Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu

Vic Coalition Govt To Support Melbourne’s Creativity And Jobs With Festival Funding

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The Victorian Coalition Government will support Victoria’s outstanding arts festivals with $127,500 through the Tourism Victoria Events Program to add to organisational funding already provided, Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu said today.

Premier Baillieu said audiences and performers at the Melbourne Festival (Melbourne’s international arts festival), the Australasian World Music Expo and the Melbourne Fringe Festival would all benefit from the support.

“This funding will help these festivals strengthen Melbourne’s reputation as the arts capital of Australia and will enable the festivals to be marketed interstate and overseas.” Premier Baillieu said.

“More visitors to these festivals mean more economic activity and jobs in our state.”

The funding includes:

  • $75,000 for the Melbourne Festival building on the $6.3 Million in organisational funding provided each year through Arts Victoria for Australia’s premier annual celebration of the arts, showcasing international and local talent in theatre, dance, visual arts, opera, music and literature at venues throughout Melbourne;
  • $30,000 for the 2011 Australasian World Music Expo (AWME) to help with tourism marketing activities to help build AWME’s international profile as a leading world music trade event through a comprehensive four-day program of workshops for international delegates and performances by more than 60 Indigenous, folk, roots and world music artists;
  • $22,500 for the 2011 Melbourne Fringe Festival (MFF) to promote the festival to interstate and international visitors, especially those from New Zealand, who will be able to enjoy a showcase of the performing arts and visual art work of independent artists.

“The Coalition Government understands the critical role of arts and cultural events in attracting visitors to Victoria.” Premier Baillieu said.

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