City of Perth to support AWESOME International Arts Festival with $100,000 in sponsorship

City of Perth to support AWESOME International Arts Festival with $100,000 in sponsorship

THE CITY of Perth is set to support the AWESOME International Arts Festival with $100,000 in sponsorship.

Last night the City’s sponsorship committee voted to recommended the sponsorship plan to Perth council, which next convenes on July 4.

City staff presented a report to the committee recommending the sponsorship for the Festival, to be held from September 30 until October 13.

The City received a request for a Triennial Arts Partnership of $125,000 for the 2017 AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things, but the application did not achieve the threshold for support under Triennial Arts Partnership.

Assessment panel members however unanimously agreed on the value of the event to the City and the application was reassessed under Annual Arts Sponsorship criteria and recommended for annual sponsorship of $100,000.

This year will mark the 21st year of the AWESOME Festival.

The City is the Festival’s foundation partner and was instrumental in bringing the event to Perth in 1996.

The AWESOME Festival is a multi-form arts Festival for children and young people, from infants to 12 years old.

The Festival attracts about 173,000 people to the Perth Cultural Centre and other venues in the City.

The Festival’s program includes theatre, dance, workshops, visual arts, literature, new media, film and interactive activities.

The Festival presents an interactive curated program for children, their families and educators and supports learning, development and connection.

The committee also voted to urge council to support the West Australian Music Industry Association’s 2017 WAM Festival with $40,000.

The WAM Festival runs from November 1 to November 5.

The Turner Galleries look likely to receive $10,000 in City sponsorship for the 2017 Turner Galleries Residency Exchange to Taipei from September 1 to November 30 this year.

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