The Otways creative scene has received a boost thanks to two grants to Apollo Bay and Lorne through the Andrews Labor Government’s Small Regional Presenters program.
Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria, today announced the Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Lorne Community Arts and Culture Foundation are 2 of 13 community groups across the state that have received support to bring exciting performances to their towns as part of their local arts festivals.
The Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce has been granted $15,000 to bring the acclaimed group Snuff Puppets to the 2019 WinterWild Festival in August. During their stay the Snuff Puppets will present a day-long workshop for local performers, work with the community to develop a parade, perform on the beach and take part in Feastability, the end of festival banquet.
The Lorne Community Arts & Culture Foundation has been granted $3,750 to present a special live performance as part of the 2019 Lorne Festival of Performing Arts in October. The show will be accompanied by a workshop for the Lorne Community.
Collectively the grant latest recipients will present 38 shows at 17 locations, including in some of Victoria’s smallest communities like Apollo Bay and Lorne.
Launched in 2016 the Small Regional Presenters Program enables regionally-based community groups, venues and organisations to attract artists and performances to their communities, supporting the costs of presenting shows.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“Congratulations to the Apollo Bay and Lorne communities on these grants and the work you do year round to strengthen our local creative scene.”
“Victoria is the creative state and the Small Regional Presenters program is one way we are ensuring that communities of all sizes get to enjoy the benefits of creative and cultural participation.”