Bunbury Fringe Festival receives Federal funding splurge

Jacinta CantatoreBunbury Herald
Bunbury Fringe event organiser Jo O'Dea and Fringe Garden designer Giuseppe Rugnetta.
Camera IconBunbury Fringe event organiser Jo O'Dea and Fringe Garden designer Giuseppe Rugnetta. Credit: Ailish Delaney

The future is looking bright for arts and culture in Bunbury after the announcement of a major funding boost to an iconic festival.

The Bunbury Fringe Festival was awarded $80,000 from the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.

The Federal Government fund provides support for local arts organisations, many of which have struggled since the start of the pandemic.

Bunbury Fringe, which began in 2017, is an eight-day annual festival featuring diverse performances, activities and experiences, creating opportunity for regional audiences and artists.

More events, new locations, extra artists and increased diversity are added to the festival’s unique mix each year.

Festival manager Jo O’Dea said she was thrilled with the funding windfall, which would help the organisation maintain its strong focus on regional arts.

“Art and culture is one of the most valuable things we have in our community and its not always recognised,” she said.

“This funding shows it is recognised within the community.”

“It gives myself and my team such a boost in confirming we are on track to ensure we continue to enhance the social and cultural lives of those who participate.”

Forrest MHR Nola Marino said this Federal funding was especially important given the challenges facing the arts sector around Australia.

“We all want to see the Bunbury Fringe Festival continue in 2022 and I hope that everyone supports the events,” Mrs Marino said.

“It is essential we help organisations in our South West communities support the local arts and entertainment sector.

“Events in our local towns boost tourism and the local economy, make our communities more vibrant, encourage volunteering and generally make our towns a happier place to live”

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