In the spotlight: Support for festivals in Regional Australia

The Albanese Labor Government is supporting arts and cultural festivals in regional communities across Australia.

The Government has today announced that 15 projects across the country will share in over $645,000 through the latest round of the Festivals Australia program.

The projects, commencing from February next year, will highlight and celebrate diverse artforms and immersive experiences – from literature and music, through to creative workshops, including:

The North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA) – Townsville City Council Major Events Team will receive $60,000 for their project Duldhina + Noise. This project brings Wulgurukaba Walkabout Dancers together to connect, collaborate and create a new performance alongside Dancenorth Australia. Dancenorth will also take to the stage alongside 100 local drummers.

Desert Song Festival – The Northern Territories Central Australian Singing Incorporated (CAS Inc) will receive $74,400 to support An Intercultural Musical Collaboration. This project is a collaboration between the songs of the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir and Indian classical music traditions presented by the Shubhendra Rao Trio from Delhi, India and supported by the Desert Song Festival musicians.

The KISS Arts Festival – The KISS Arts Festival, Kiama, will receive $62,400 for The AIR KISS Adventure Playground. This project will support six artists and crew to build a musical playground and an adventure forest, featuring a story teller and a sensory house.

Minister for the Arts Tony Burke said the funding will encourage a greater appreciation for the talent and strength of our artists and creative workforce.

“Making sure all Australians have access to exciting festivals is critically important – no matter where they live,” Minister Burke said.

“Festivals were among the hardest hit by COVID-19 and this funding will help those in regional Australia to get back on their feet.

“These events will support artists across the country, showcase diverse Australian stories as well as helping drive tourism.

“As part of the development of National Cultural Policy – it’s essential we ensure there’s a place for every story, not just in major cities.”

The Festivals Australia program provides approximately $1.3 million each financial year through two funding rounds. 

Applicants are independently assessed on specific criteria that consider quality, accessibility, partnership opportunities and value for money of the project.

For more information, including a full list of projects funded through this round, visit: