Good news for the arts

ARTS Minister Ros Bates has announced that regional communities will recieve a cultural boost with arts, festivals and projects included as part of new funding.

Ms Bates said almost half of the projects will be delivered in regional Queensland.

"Total funding of $771,332 will go towards realising 33 projects throughout Queensland, 15 of which are outside the south east," Ms Bates said.

"Music and art festivals featuring jazz, reggae, classical and contemporary music will take place in Brisbane, Cairns and the Gold Coast.

"This includes the Brisbane International Jazz Festival, 4MBS Festival of Classics, Reggaetown World Music Festival and the Bleach Surfing the Fringe Festival on the Gold Coast.

"People with a disability who live in Charleville can become involved in the performing arts with a grant to create a touring production with acclaimed Blue Roo Theatre Company.

"The Stitchery Collective, a Brisbane-based group of designers and artists who have made a name for themselves nationally, will develop a range of garments as part of their ongoing workshops and community collaborations.

Ms Bates said public art works will be installed on the walls of Toowoomba businesses impacted by the 2011 floods, as part of the Splashing Back project.

"These projects, and many more, will help to create a far-reaching, vibrant and stimulating arts environment," she said.

The money is part of the Development and Presentation Grants funding program, which helps ensure all Queenslanders have access to arts by bringing it to the regions.



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