Round 2 Grant Funding For 2018-19 NTMEC Announced By Minister

Round 2 Grant Funding For 2018-19 NTMEC Announced By Minister

Northern Territory Minister for Tourism Sport and Culture Lauren Moss

Grants To Support Territory Events And Festivals

Victor P Taffa

Northern Territory Government is continuing to invest in festivals and events across the Northern Territory, recognising their importance to liveability, tourism, and local jobs.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss, today announced more than $700,000 through 2018/19 Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) Round 2 Grant Funding for 24 events and festivals.

“This funding will support a wide range of festivals and events, deliver economic and social benefits and create jobs.” Minister for Tourism Sport and Culture Lauren Moss said.

“Our festivals and events range from moving and inspiring to creative and quirky. They help build the Territory’s reputation as a unique holiday destination rich in history, art and culture.”

Funding supports events to engage the local community, attract visitors and showcase the Territory’s unique stories.

Two distinct funding streams are offered:

  • Event Development supporting innovative changes and additions to event programs that drive visitation;
  • Strategic Development to support events to build capability, sustainability and ensure a safe event environment.

A diverse range of festivals and events across the Territory encompassing sport, music, heritage, literature and Aboriginal art and culture are being supported through this funding round including:

  • Blacken Open Air,
  • Grove Hill Silent Film and Music Festival,
  • Henley on Todd,
  • Territory Taste.

“It is exciting to see the number of Central Australian events receive funding.” Member for Braitling Dale Wakefield said.

“This funding enables us to support new and develop existing events, which is great for business and tourism and real boost for Territory lifestyle and local jobs, which is so important in keeping people living in the Northern Territory.”

BLACKEN Open Air heavy metal festival is receiving support to develop a Strategic Plan for sustainable growth of the Festival, as well as an operational plan and risk management strategy.

This year BLACKEN Open Air has moved to the Ross River Resort, 80 kms from Alice Springs. Set at the mouth of the ancient N’Dhala Gorge, the event will bring together bands from every corner of the country for a weekend of music and community-spirited heavy metal culture.