Local MP Sussan Ley today visited the new South Albury ‘home’ for visiting artists, directors and trainers to the Border’s renowned Flying Fruit Fly Circus (FFFC)
The two self-contained units were purchased with a special one-off federal grant of $300,000 from the federal government, in the lead up to the FFFC’s 40th anniversary celebrations in 2019.
A Victorian Government grant provided $18,000 for fit-out costs, with the Circus now raising a further $30,000 to ensure the accommodation is fit for purpose and well-maintained.
The fundraising campaign hits a peak this month with local federal MP’s Sussan Ley and Cathy McGowan co-hosting a special Cocktail Fundraiser at the FFFC’s HQ in Hovell Street next Friday evening (15 Feb).
All funds raised by the end of the month are being matched dollar for dollar through the Creative Partnerships Australia Plus 1 Funding program.
According to Circus CEO Richard Hull the Artist Accommodation Project is an exciting opportunity for the local community to support the Circus in its 40th year.
“We have already raised 30% of our fundraising target, and the Plus 1 funding means that every dollar from our community will be doubled.”
Ms Ley also encouraged anyone who has supported the Fruities during their 40 years to help commemorate this important anniversary, for what has truly become an iconic artistic institution in Australia.
“Hundreds of local ‘ordinary’ kids have been taught extraordinary things over the years – not only amazing circus routines, but important life-lessons in fitness, discipline and working as a team.”
The South Albury accommodation allows the Circus to support more artists and trainers from around the world to teach, learn and create locally – a move vital to the organisation’s long-term future, and for Albury-Wodonga as home to Australia’s National Youth Circus.
Community members interested attending the fundraiser on Friday night, can call the Circus on (02) 6043 0770. Tax deductible donations can be made via the official fundraising website.