Arts festival, choir and Rocky council share arts funds

LOCAL arts projects will benefit to the tune of almost $24,000 with the announcement of funding of Round Four of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Queensland local Councils.

A total of $23,982 will go to the Capricornia Arts Festival, Rockhampton Musical Union Choir and Rockhampton Regional Council for a variety of arts projects:

  • Capricornia Arts Festival will employ three professional tutors to conduct art and silversmith workshops during the Capricornia Arts Festival
  • Rockhampton Musical Union Choir Inc will engage theatre artist Kara Lane to conduct master classes in preparation for the Choir's musical production Anything Goes to be held in the Pilbeam Theatre in October 2015
  • Rockhampton Regional Council - will commission a professional textile artist to create cushions for the Rockhampton River Festival - Pallet Palace project.

Chair of Rockhampton Regional Council's Communities Committee Cr Rose Swadling said that RADF is one of the State's most active programs encouraging support for artists and cultural groups.

"It's wonderful to see the range of local projects being given a kick start by this program," Cr Swadling said.

"These grants will boost the cultural vibrancy of our Region and have a positive flow on effect, opening the doors to more opportunities," she said.

Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said RADF enabled Queenslanders to engage with the arts on a local level.

"Arts and cultural activities are important to our communities and RADF celebrates our diversity and offers employment opportunities, delivering more than 3000 arts, cultural development and heritage projects annually," the Premier said.

"RADF gives councils across the state flexibility to shape their own arts and cultural projects and gives Queenslanders plenty of opportunities to get involved in arts experiences."

Applications for RADF funding for Round One 2015-2016 are now open. This round will close on August 3. More information can be obtained by contacting Rockhampton Regional Council on 4932 9000 or

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