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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Sounds of Tango and Flamenco in Bermagui receive $20,000 boost

Art and performance audiences in the South East will be overjoyed at the funding boost just granted to Sounds of Tango & Flamenco inaugural music festival to be held in Bermagui over Easter, from 3 – 16 April 2017. Continuing the tradition of bringing music excellence to the beautiful far South Coast for 25 years, Four Winds now embarks on a path to share popular, international rhythms of the world with new audiences as well welcoming back our committed audience. Over three days at Easter 2017, an open invitation is extended to audiences to come and explore the well-known fiery rhythms of tango and flamenco. This Festival is an opportunity to be involved in the rich, creative melodies produced by internationally renowned musicians such as Bandaluzia and more.

Member for Bega Andrew Constance has announced that the region’s newest event the Sounds of Tango & Flamenco, will be awarded $20,000 from the NSW Government’s new 2017 Incubator Event Fund.

Mr Constance said the Fund, managed by the State’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, assists regional events in their infancy by growing attendance and boosting the local visitor economy.

“Events play an important role in reflecting the unique character of our region and I am delighted that the Sounds of Tango & Flamenco will receive funding in Round One of the 2017 Incubator Event Fund,” Mr Constance said.

“The inaugural music festival, Sounds of Tango & Flamenco will be held in Bermagui from 3 – 16 April 2017.

“This wonderful event will receive support to help deliver a superior visitor experience and raise the event’s profile, driving increased awareness and attendance in and around Bermagui.”

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the festival was one of six successful events in Regional NSW being held in January to June 2017 that will receive grants under the new Fund.

“Tourism is booming across our State, with Government support for Regional NSW higher than ever before,” Mr Ayres said.

“This Fund will have a positive impact on local hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions, stimulating tourism across Regional NSW and creating more jobs. I congratulate the event organisers, Four Wings Concerts Inc. on their successful application which will drive the Regional NSW visitor economy.”

The 2017 Incubator Event Fund offers a one-off annual grant of up to $20,000 to those staging an event for the first or second time to fund elements such as staging, venue hire, research, marketing and publicity activities. Round Two applications for events held in July to December 2017, are due to open in February next year.

The Fund is part of the expanded Regional Flagship Events Program which also includes the Flagship Event Fund and the Event Development Fund. For more information on the Program, go to Contributed and Media Release

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