The Territory Labor Government is continuing to invest in festivals and events across the Territory, recognising their importance to liveability, tourism, and local jobs.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss, today announced more than $700,000 through 2018/19 NT Major Events Company (NTMEC) Round 2 Grant Funding for 24 events and festivals.
The funding supports events to engage the local community, attract visitors and showcase the Territorys unique stories. Two distinct funding streams are offered – Event Development supporting innovative changes and additions to event programs that drive visitation; and Strategic Development to support events to build capability, sustainability and ensure a safe event environment.
A diverse range of festivals and events across the Territory encompassing sport, music, heritage, literature and Aboriginal art and culture are being supported through this funding round including Territory Taste, Henley on Todd, Grove Hill Silent Film and Music Festival and Blacken Open Air.
The BLACKEN Open Air heavy metal festival is receiving support to develop a Strategic Plan for sustainable growth of the Festival, as well as an operational plan and risk management strategy. This year BLACKEN Open Air has moved to the Ross River Resort, 80kms from Alice Springs. Set at the mouth of the ancient NDhala Gorge, the event will bring together bands from every corner of the country for a weekend of music and community-spirited heavy metal culture.