Fiesta Tropicale was a hit with the crowds at last year’s Fraser Coast Cultural Festival.
Fiesta Tropicale was a hit with the crowds at last year’s Fraser Coast Cultural Festival.

Crew elated about festival cash

IT WAS sweet music to his ears when the Chronicle broke the news to Hans Kronemeyer that the Fraser Coast Cultural Festival had been granted $10,000 from the State Government.

The festival president was ecstatic after checking his letter box every morning last week.

He was expecting a letter any day from Minister for Multicultural Affairs Annastacia Palaszczuk on whether the committee’s funding request had been approved.

“We’re obviously elated to hear about this.

“Being a volunteer organisation things like this are very important; this is fantastic news.”

This is the fourth year the festival will be held with a dinner dance at Hervey Bay Boat Club kicking off festivities on March 19. That will be followed by a week of workshops leading up to a gala performance on the 27th at the Brolga Theatre and the Festival in the Park at Scarness on the 28th.

Mr Kronemeyer said the gala will feature major performers from all over Australia while the festival’s top act will be Ukranian dancers travelling from Melbourne.

There will also be a professional flamenco group visiting and Sri Lankan-born 1970’s singer Kamahl from Sydney.

“There will be an entirely different line-up of artists from previous years,” Mr Kronemeyer said.

In support of the Fraser Coast community however some of the local performers will feature again.

Mr Kronemeyer said because of all of the funding cut-backs the State Government had been making right across the board the committee was getting nervous about whether it would be granted the much-needed dollars. But the committee will now be relieved, he said, when he spreads the good news.

“It means we will be able to bring a full program of activities on the 28th.”

The money will go towards event logistics including promotions and organisation.

“It also makes getting artists much easier,” he said.

Five thousand dollars has also been awarded to Bundaberg Regional Council for the Childers Festival of Cultures Live Latin Rhythms.

The money fell under the State Government’s Multicultural Assistance Program 2009-10.

Ms Palaszczuk says the grants help bring together Queenslanders from all backgrounds to celebrate the state’s cultural diversity.

“The organisations and community groups should be applauded for embracing and promoting multiculturalism,” she said.



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