Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    ACE Scheme to boost arts and cultural events

    19/02/2008 3:47 PM

    The State Government is looking beyond traditional sporting events to entertain and excite Western Australians.

    Tourism and Culture and Arts Minister Sheila McHale today announced the $1.5million Arts and Cultural Event (ACE) Scheme, which would help develop events in fields such as music, fashion and dance.

    “Traditionally, the Government has aimed to develop sporting events and while that is important, we want to broaden our ability to entertain people and promote WA,” Ms McHale said.

    “Arts and cultural events make a city or region lively, more appealing to visit and instil a sense of community pride.

    “Eligible events in the ACE scheme may include festivals of music, dance, comedy, fashion, visual arts, culinary arts, heritage, ethnic, multicultural, performing arts, concerts, theatre, opera and ballet.

    “The initiative will help us diversify and broaden our already fantastic calendar of events and further enrich our State.

    “There are also great opportunities for tourism to work more closely with the arts community.”

    Applications open today for events held in the 2008-2009 financial year and close on April 1. Applications will be assessed on criteria including content, uniqueness and image building, community support, corporate support, and economic impact.

    For more information visit

    Minister's office - 9213 6900