The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund (RAF) has announced $316,550 to support 13 new projects in regional, rural and remote New South Wales in 2018 including two from Eurobodalla and Bega Valley. The list of successful projects encompasses a broad spectrum of art forms including music, theatre, screen, circus, visual arts and ephemeral, digital and public art

In our region, the funding will see Bega’s Stonewave Taiko and Narooma’s Djaadjawan Dancers, working together to produce Four Echoes of the Heartbeat, a collaborative artistic development between two ancient, yet contemporary, art forms – the Taiko drumming of Stonewave and the Indigenous dance of Djaadjawan. Through a partnership of sharing story, culture, country and spirit, powerful rhythms and evocative music will meet entrancing enigmatic movement to create a unique experience for our local community.

Bega’s fLiNG Physical Theatre has also received funding for My Black Dog, a new research and performance project exploring the mental health of young people in regional, rural and remote locations. The project will be facilitated by fLiNG co-artistic directors Gabrielle Rose and Rob McCredie in collaboration with one of Australia’s foremost choreographers, Kate Denborough from KAGE.
The initiative is also supported by South East Arts, through their SWELL Arts & Health Project and advisors from Grand Pacific Health, Bega Valley Suicide Prevention Network and welfare officers from local high schools. The project will take place over 2018-19 involving art and wellbeing workshops, community discussions and culminating in a performance to be presented in schools and theatres throughout the Bega Valley.
Communities right across the state benefit from the Regional Arts Funding
“The demand for the RAF continues to be very high in NSW and there are so many great projects that are unable to be funded” Elizabeth Rogers, CEO of Regional Arts NSW said.
“This round received 50 applications and was very competitive due to the extremely high standard of the applications. It was great to see such a diverse range of projects from regional communities from all parts of the state,” she added.
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