HOBART’s Festival of Voices has been announced as the first, and so far only, Tasmanian organisation to receive matched funding investment in the first round of the Creative Partnerships Australia Plus 1 program.
Twenty-six organisations Australia-wide have shared in more than $800,000 of the $2 million allocation.
Festival of Voices was awarded $50,000 to build capacity for the festival based on past years’ success.
“Being recognised in this way is a tribute to the Festival of Voices, its team and the local community which supports it,” development manager Carmen Stephens said.
“Festival of Voices is thrilled to be working with Creative Partnerships Australia and to be the first Tasmanian organisation to be a recipient of the Plus 1 funding program.”
Festival of Voices is a landmark winter cultural event for Tasmania, attracting more than 20,000 patrons over 10 days in July.
Celebrating voice in all its forms, the event provides a unique platform for singers, celebrities, choirs, cabaret artists, performers, actors, speakers and thinkers to entertain local artists and audiences.
In previous years the festival has welcomed big-name acts such as Kate Ceberano, Darren Percival, Christine Anu and Grammy-winning US vocal group Take 6 to Hobart’s shores, along with Australia’s best emerging talent including Triple J Unearthed winner 2012 Asta.
Festival of Voices (4-13 July) is staged in Salamanca Place and features a program of exciting pop-up performances and concerts across the city.
Alongside major Tasmanian attractions Dark MOFO and Hobart Baroque, the festival plays a major role in boosting tourism during the state’s more quieter months.
The 2014 program is currently in planning stages, with the full program to be revealed in May.