Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

Hon Mike Nahan BEc MS PhD MLA

Hon Mike Nahan BEc MS PhD MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Energy; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    AWESOME new tour, concession tickets for kids

    3/10/2016 1:30 PM
    • Liberal National Government funds $25,000 ticket subsidy
    • Festival marks 20th birthday with inaugural regional tour 

    After a highly successful pilot program last year, the Liberal National Government - through the Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) - is supporting families to attend 2016 AWESOME festival events through a $25,000 ticket concession initiative.


    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the 2015 AWESOME Festival sold 871 subsidised tickets to shows and provided 706 free wristbands to The West Australian Activity Zone at the Perth Cultural Centre.


    "The AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things is already popular and ticket concessions for health care and pension card holders will encourage even more families to attend," Mr Day said.


    "This extends the reach of these unique arts experiences that inspire and entertain young people, while supporting their learning and development."


    A festival highlight will be the premiere of New Owner by emerging theatre company The Last Great Hunt, whose previous productions included the multi-award winning The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer and It's Dark Outside.


    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the 2016 festival would take part of its program to families and schools in regional Western Australia.


    "With assistance from the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program, the State Library of Western Australia and DCA, the inaugural AWESOME Festival Regional Roadshow will visit Bunbury and Merredin from October 16-24," Mr Redman said.


    "The roadshow will include eight performances of The Bookbinder by Trick of the Light Theatre and the Better Beginnings Books-To-Go program, which is a partnership between AWESOME Arts and the State Library."


    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the festival was also supported with $5,000 from the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program.


    "This will fund a series of free lunchtime community concerts showcasing the talents of a group of young multicultural musicians," Dr Nahan said.


    Fact File

    • The 2016 AWESOME Festival runs until October 14, 2016
    • For program and concession information, visit http://www.awesomearts.com  
    • $221,004 core funding for the festival is provided by DCA and Lotterywest
    • The country tour received $26,639 from the Regional and Remote Touring Fund 

    Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700

    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister's office - 6552 5700


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