Farrer MP Sussan Ley today announced extra Commonwealth support for AlburyCity’s 2017 Write Around the Murray Festival through the Australian Government’s Festivals Australia program.

“I am delighted to confirm funding of some $25,000 to help our premier local arts festival
engage leading Sydney artist Anna Tregloan to present a localised version of her acclaimed ‘Ghost Project’”, Ms Ley said.

Part installation, part museum, part story exchange the Ghost Project embarks on a discussion between audience and artists to unearth the phenomena of ghosts, spirits and hauntings.

“This funding will allow Anna and her team to research, develop and create a temporary installation and soundscape exploring our own local ‘experience’ with ghosts.”

Is the truth out there? Anna’s team will interview local community members across the region to gather our own stories to help flavour the final work later this year.”

Write Around the Murray began as a community event surrounding the 2007 opening of Albury’s LibraryMuseum, growing to become a must-attend event for local story lovers. This year’s festival will be staged in Albury from Wednesday 13 to Sunday 17 September.

AlburyCity Mayor, Kevin Mack said Council is “extremely pleased to receive the funding through Festivals Australia to support an exciting new project and performance at Write around the Murray 2017”.

Federal Minister for the Arts Senator Mitch Fifield noted the local grant is part of more than $880,000 supporting 20 cultural projects across regional and remote Australia.

“The Australian Government provides assistance through a number of programs to support the creation and delivery of high-quality and creative work for people in regional and remote areas. Approximately $1.2 million is provided to the Festivals Australia program to support arts and cultural activities being showcased every year”, Minister Fifield concluded.

For more information visit: Festivals Australia and Write around the Murray.