More festivities for Lismore to boost business

Media Release

DC407/2017

30 November 2017

Joint release with:

Kevin Hogan

Federal Member for Page

Don Harwin

NSW Minister for Resources; Minister for Energy and Utilities
Minister for the Arts

Thomas George

State Member for Lismore

Isaac Smith

Mayor of Lismore City Council

Stephen Champion

Chair of Regional Arts NSW

  • Coalition Government invests in $435,000 ARTSTATE Lismore 2017 arts festival
  • Festival to attract more tourism into the region, supporting business and jobs
  • ARTSTATE Lismore 2017 funded under the Coalition's Building Better Regions Fund

Businesses in the Lismore region are set for a tourism boost, after today's launch of ARTSTATE Lismore, a two day regional arts festival.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the ARTSTATE Lismore 2017 project is a significant investment in the region's future.

“ARTSTATE Lismore 2017 will run until December 2, showcasing the strength and diversity of New South Wales arts. It will enable regional Australians to experience high-quality regional art and to take pride in creative cultural practice at all levels,” Mr Hogan said.

Acting Minister for Regional Development Darren Chester said the Coalition Government contributed $90,000 from the Building Better Regions Fund.

“The Building Better Regions Fund allows us to invest in events that strengthen local communities and ARTSTATE Lismore brings this community together, by instilling pride in the region's creative minds,” Mr Chester said.

“The festival is also an important boost for local business because it puts Lismore on show, attracting visitors, stimulating the local economy and creating jobs.”

New South Wales Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said the NSW Government was proud to support Artstate through the Regional Arts Excellence Program, a four-year funding agreement with Regional Arts NSW.

“I am pleased to support an initiative which aims to build conversations, partnerships and opportunities for NSW regional artists and arts organisations,” Mr Harwin said.

Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP said Lismore was chosen to host this event because of its quality arts infrastructure.

“Through facilities such as the new Regional Art Gallery, along with our theatres and university, Lismore is the perfect location to host this fantastic festival” Mr George said.

Mayor of Lismore City Council Isaac Smith said Lismore and the greater Northern Rivers region has always produced an abundance of creative people who punch well above their weight on the national and international stage.

“According to Create NSW, the creative sector in the Northern Rivers is growing at twice the rate of metropolitan Sydney. That's an incredible statistic that shows the growing strength and potential economic opportunities in this sector,” Cr Smith said.

Chair of Regional Arts NSW Ltd Stephen Champion said Artstate Lismore 2017 marks a significant point in time for regional arts practice, participation, engagement and appreciation.

“Importantly, Artstate not only highlights regional NSW practice and debate but posits this practice and research alongside international regional cultural expression and investigation, to learn and share our learning with leading international artists, thinkers, questioners and change-makers,” Mr Champion said.

ARTSTATE Lismore 2017 is jointly funded by the Coalition government ($90,000), the New South Wales Government ($200,000), Lismore City Council ($25,000) and Regional Arts NSW Ltd ($70,000). In-kind contributions were also provided by Regional Arts NSW Ltd ($40,000) and Arts Northern Rivers ($10,000).

Further information on ARTSTATE Lismore can be found at artstate.com.au.