Financial Boost for Tweed Festivals

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Tyalgum Music Festival, Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts, World Environment Day and the Kids in Need Dragon Boat Festival were among funding recipients at a presentation ceremony at the Murwillumbah Civic Centre yesterday.

Deputy Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Phil Youngblutt, presented 18 beneficiaries a total of $64,000 in accordance with Council’s Festival and Events Policy.

Kinship, Culture and Connection Festival (formerly Belly to Big School) organiser Deidre Currie from Tweed Valley Women’s Service said the first festival under its new name was a great success.

“We held it partly to connect the Indigenous community, but also the wider community, with music, entertainment and good food; it was so important to have Indigenous input and it turned out to be a wonderful day.”

World Environment Day organiser Ari Ehrlich said the funding helped the Caldera Environment Centre see a bigger and more diverse crowd each year. “The environment is something that affects everyone and so it is great to see a good turnout and a crowd that has been broadening every time the event is held,” Mr Ehrlich said.

Another recipient of Festival and Events funding was the Tweed Valley Equestrian Group, represented at the presentation by President Anita Harvey and Treasurer Libby Bow. “The funding our group received will go towards the Tweed Valley Equestrian Group’s Official Dressage Championship on 1 and 2 August,” Ms Harvey said.

“This is a very high-quality annual event that has been growing in size each year and without the funding, would struggle to continue.”

Co-artistic director of Tyalgum Music Festival, Eve Newsome, said the festival was a finalist in the category of ‘Award for Excellence in a Regional Area’ for 2014 activity at the 2015 ART Music Awards.

“This year we are changing the festival slightly; we will be closing the main street on the Saturday and featuring a free sound installation by the iconic Australian musician Jon Rose, based on the songs of the pied butcher-bird,” Ms Newsome said. “More wonderful acts include Ironwood, Camerata of St Johns, Clocked Out and James Crabb. The festival runs from 11 to 13 September.”

The full list of Festival and Events Policy funding recipients is available at: www.tweed.nsw.gov.au..

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