Festivals across Victoria receive major boost via govt funding
Published on : Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Thanks to the latest round of support provided through the Andrews Labor Government’s $20 million Regional Events Fund, festivals across Victoria have received a major boost.
From Australia’s largest LGBTIQ regional festival to rose gardens in Morwell, regional Victoria’s calendar of events has something for everyone, attracting thousands of visitors to towns big and small each week.
The Regional Events Fund is helping rural and regional towns across Victoria secure strong calendars of events which create local jobs and provide entertainment options for community members.
Three events have won backing in the latest round of funding:
- ChillOut Festival – Australia’s largest LGBTIQ regional festival is a significant driver of tourism in the Daylesford and Macedon region. This celebration of love, equality and creativity will run from 5-9 March 2020.
- The Vine Burn – At the heart of this new winter arts festival scheduled for 27 June 2020 at Mornington Racecourse will be a sculpture/bonfire constructed from vines sourced from peninsula wineries.
- Morwell International Rose Garden Festival – The festival featuring workshops, music, stalls and children’s activities will expand both its footprint and duration, moving to a weekend event on 16-17 November 2019.
More visitors than ever are choosing to spend time in regional Victoria.
Total visitors for the 12 months to the end of March topped 57 million, up 9.5 per cent, while spending rose 10.4 per cent to $11 billion.
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