The Shepparton Festival is set to thrive this year thanks to a $71,670 funding injection from the Federal Government for an interactive display that will combine cutting-edge digital technology and traditional Indigenous practices.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the THRIVING project adds to an already impressive array of activities and events that will be showcased during the 17-day Festival.

“This latest federal funding for the Shepparton Festival, via the Festival Australia grants program, comes soon after it was awarded $35,000 to help transform 10 empty CBD shops into pop-up exhibitions and workshop spaces during this year’s event,” Mr Drum said.

“The THRIVING project will see a tactile audio-visual public art installation amalgamate traditional Yorta Yorta practices alongside cutting-edge digital techniques, as well as involving Braille elements.

“I’m thrilled the Federal Government has committed almost $110,000 for this year’s Shepparton Festival, particularly following a difficult two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It has been particularly hard for the arts community and that is why the Federal Government is investing more than $1 billion into the sector this financial year.”

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said the $2.7 million Festivals Australia program was helping to reunite regional communities with arts and culture.

“Through this targeted funding, including the additional $2.4 million provided through the Regional Arts Tourism Experiences package, we are providing access to a diverse range of high quality, innovative arts projects that will help boost tourism across Australia’s regions,” Mr Fletcher said.

“We know that regional and remote artists, organisations and communities have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why this assistance is invaluable for the sector and is supporting a vibrant and sustainable future for festivals across Australia.”

The Festivals Australia program supports arts projects that invite community participation and audience engagement at festivals in regional and remote Australia.

Projects supported in this funding round include music, visual arts, community arts, theatre, circus, and digital arts.

The Shepparton Arts Festival will run from March 18 to April 3. Its program launch will be held on February 4. Find out more on its website.


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