The Government released the first round of the NT Major Events Company Event Funding for 2018. The bi-annual funding builds on the FestivalsNT Funding program, offering a range of options to improve the capability and capacity of events, and drive and extend visitation to the NT.
The investment will support the development of new and unique events for the Territory, plus support existing events to build their capacity and sustainability. The grants program has also been expanded to include support for event marketing, strategic and operational planning, and risk and safety planning.
Two funding streams are now available under the new program:
- Event Development Funding to support innovative changes/additions to event programs.
- Strategic Development Funding to support national marketing, the development of strategic plans, and the development and implementation of risk and safety plans.
The Territory Government announced the extension of the ‘Live Alice’ Mparntwe Arts program with a third round, investing an additional $250,000 to enrich and activate the Alice Springs CBD with live music, dance performances and interactive workshops. Also announced, the inaugural Alice Springs Street Art Festival held from 15 to 21 October 2018 as part of plans to bring new life into the Alice Springs CBD, supporting local jobs, and building our reputation as a great place to live, work, and visit. Eight walls transformed into works of art for tourists, and local residents to enjoy.
The Territory Government also announced the extension of the ‘Live Darwin’ Arts program with a third round, investing an additional $500,000 to enrich and activate the Darwin CBD with live music, dance performances and interactive workshops. $250,000 was invested to host an even bigger and better ‘Laneway Series’. A request for Quotation (RFQ) to manage the 2018-19 Laneway Series closed on the 9 July 2018 and was awarded to Girl Friday, a local Darwin events organisation and the Darwin Street Art Festival was held from 6 to 16 September, with 14 walls bought to life across the CBD, including a special tribute to the Dr G featured as part of the Festival.