Cairns receives funding for Gimuy Fish Festival

A long running community festival in Cairns will expand its First Nations program with funding of $38,000 through the Palaszczuk Government’s Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP).

Member for Cairns Michael Healy said Gimuy Fish Festival was one of eight diverse arts and cultural projects to be supported in the latest round of funding under QASP.

“It’s fantastic that the Gimuy Fish Festival is receiving funding support for a bigger and better festival in 2020,” Mr Healy said.

“The Gimuy Fish Festival will use the funding to extend its program of music and dance and cultural expression of Indigenous artists.”

Gimuy Elder, Gudjugudju Fourmile, said that Gimuy Fish Festival has shown steady growth over the last 8 years and 2019 was a year of reflection of past successes and future growth.

“A huge thanks to Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch and Micheal Healy for their continued commitment to improving the diverse indigenous cultural expression our festival brings to Cairns.

“We look forward to a magnificent 2020 Gimuy Fish Festival.”

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government supports Queenslanders who work in the arts and cultural sector.

“The range of projects in this round of funding is impressive and they already having a real impact in connecting Queensland communities and creating employment,” Minister Enoch said.

“This funding not only supports the development and growth of the arts and cultural sector in Queensland, it encourages engagement in the arts through creative, diverse and original experiences in communities across the state.

“The Queensland Arts Showcase Program funding supports emerging arts practitioners in our State across a range of genres and I’m proud that the Palaszczuk Government is continuing its support for the arts and cultural sector.”

Since QASP opened in September 2015, 354 applicants have received funding support totalling $11.9 million.

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