Festival and Event funding - winter weekends
Published on 14 May 2018
Each year we grant funds to communities and groups from our festivals and event fund.
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Port Fairy’s Winter Weekends Festival is now in its twelfth year, delivering a fascinating range of experiences to tourists and locals every second weekend in June and July.
Winter Weekends has become a tourist drawcard in its own right. Last year the opening event, the Daschund Dash, attracted over 2000 spectators, most of whom stayed for the weekend and took in other attractions.
Festival treasurer Harry Bracegirdle has been a part of the committee for about six years, and he knows the importance of funding support.
‘Last year we received $9000 from Moyne Shire’s Festivals and Events funding, to develop our Light Up Port Fairy program,’ he says. ‘It’s a series of lighting installations around the town that celebrate our natural and built environments with a focus on some of our heritage buildings.
‘We make a concerted effort to attract out-of-towners to our festival, as well as to remind locals that Port Fairy is a really special place to be in the colder months. It’s a chance to find some unique places in Port Fairy you didn’t know were there.’
The committee used their Moyne Shire funding to engage a lighting and projection consultant from Melbourne. ‘He was fantastic,’ says Harry. ‘We got advice on the types of lights and projectors to use, and then we were able to buy the equipment out of the funding money as well. We now look forward to putting this advice into practice this winter.
‘The hardware is also available for other community events to use, so the money is working for the wider good.’
Harry says the Winter Weekends committee will apply again for funding this year and will continue to do so into the future. ‘Having the funding gives us the confidence as a committee to plan ahead. It enables us to think big about shining a light on this town.’