NATIMUK’S biennial arts festival has secured a $45,000 State Government grant each year for the next three years.
Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty said Arapiles Community Theatre would receive money to run the Nati Frinj festival.
Horsham’s Art Is.... Festival has secured $60,000 each year for the next three years.
Mr Delahunty said the money was part of the Arts Victoria’s Organisations Investment Program.
He said the program recognised the events’ contribution to the cultural, social and economic fabric of the region.
“Arapiles Community Theatre and Art is... Festival will receive funding to help underpin their operations and deliver exciting artistic programs,” he said.
“This support provides funding certainty so that the organisations can focus on creating and presenting great art, planning and building for the future and contributing to the vibrant cultural life of our region.”
Nati Frinj marketing officer Greg Pritchard said it was a great opportunity for Natimuk artists to further develop their arts and market their work more successfully to national and international markets.
“Every two years the Frinj showcases amazing work from the area,” he said.
“We are now in the position to revisit some of this work and promote it more widely.”
He said the money would also allow Arapiles Community Theatre to develop further arts events in the region – even in the non-Frinj years.
Mr Delahunty said the Organisations Investment Program was a State Government initiative.
“I am pleased that Wimmera arts organisations have been recognised in this statewide program and look forward to seeing what they can achieve in the next three years and beyond,” he said.
“Arts and cultural organisations play an important role in our region and right across the state.
“By investing in them, we are investing in the prosperity of our community.”