Signature Community Events Funding

Published on 21 September 2023

Crowd of people sitting on grass at festival watching performers in large red tent, overlooking Kiama Harbour

Council will distribute $40,000 to three community events in 2024, through our new Signature Community Events Fund.

The Signature Community Events Fund provides grants to community festivals and events within our municipality that provide significant and direct benefits to our local community, demonstrate value for money and align with our community plan, strategies and goals.

The recipients of the grants are:

Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival (March 2024) - $17,000.00

The funding awarded will allow for additional theming and activation of areas around town during this festival that provides a range of free and accessible, as well as ticketed entertainment to all ages. The funds will also contribute to marketing the 37th year of the event in collaboration with approximately 40 local venues.

NEW LIGHT, an Emerging Artists Initiative (June 2024) - $3,000.00

The introduction of this new annual initiative, NEW LIGHT, will complement the NEWMARK Gallery’s current curated offering and align with Kiama’s Community Strategic Plan by promoting community engagement, diversity, and youth involvement.

This funding will assist in delivering a four-week exhibition with an emerging artist to create a new body of work for an exhibition in June 2024.

The event will add another level of evening activity locally, with an aim to engage and provide an exhibition space that is inclusive and accessible to all ages and audiences and abilities. It will also incorporate local industries through food, beverage and staffing.

The Kazador - Mini Spiegeltent Season (Sept/Oct 2024) - $20,000.00

Attracting up to 10,000 people over the four weeks of operation, The Kazador is designed to bring big city cultural experiences to Kiama, making arts and cultural events more accessible. The program of events adds vibrancy to the local area, fosters community connection and increases the nighttime economy.

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