May 19, 2021
Fund delights cultural festivals
An indigenous arts festival in Rotorua and a Matariki festival in Christchuch are among the events to benefit from a government cultural incubator fund.
Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash says the grants are to help festivals grow, attract new audiences, and boost local economies.
The Aronui Festival in Rotorua, now in its third year, will run over three weeks in September with support from Ngāti Whakaue and Te Arawa.
It is to get funding of up to $100,000 a year to develop an international growth strategy and marketing strategy.
$50,000 is going to Tīrama Mai, an evolution of Christchurch City Council’s Botanic D'Lights festival, which in partnership with Ngāi Tūāhuriri is now pivoting to celebrate Matariki through light and performance.
One of the country’s oldest festivals, Pasifika, is to get $100,000 a year to develop an international growth strategy and a stronger governance framework, while next year’s Pacific youth-driven festival in Porirua, Te Ata, will get $100,000 in seed funding.
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