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$11,500 for region’s culture and arts projects in latest round of RADF

Artists and creatives across the Southern Downs will share in the latest round of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) to the tune of more than $11,000.

RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Southern Downs Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, is contributing $2.08 million to the 2017-18 RADF partnership across 59 councils state wide.

One of the state’s most active arts programs, RADF supports local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

The latest round of recipients in the Southern Downs include Spiritual lifestyle organisation, Ananda Marga Pracharaka Samgha Ltd which will benefit from almost $5000 to bring six performance and visual artists to enrich its family friendly Ananda Mela Festival, promoting the role of culture in creating social awareness.

Local writer Fiona Marsden is another recipient who will attend a writing retreat for professional development opportunities including workshops on writing and editing provided by industry professionals.

The knowledge gained by Ms Marsden will be shared with local writers’ groups. 

Granite Belt based artist Emma Fraguas was granted more than $4000 to engage artists Liz Powell and Teresa Mundt to conduct creative workshops in the region.

Southern Downs Mayor, Tracy Dobie said Council had once again received many quality applications.

“SDRC continues to receive well developed and diverse applications for projects which will strengthen the artistic and cultural fabric of our region,” Cr Dobie said.

“RADF is a wonderful program which assists the region’s artists and creatives to deliver programs and projects which are of great value to us all.”

Councillor for Regional Promotion, Tourism and the Arts, Rod Kelly said the projects awarded funding this year would directly engage the community in the arts.

“These projects offer an opportunity for residents to learn more about digital and traditional art, live performance, and writing,” Cr Kelly said.

“This vital funding promotes artists, creatives and performers in our region to ensure we can continue to foster and grow the arts locally.”

The 2018-19 RADF program is yet to be announced but stay tuned for details! For more information visit or contact Council’s RADF Liaison Officer, Zoë Dunlop, on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372).

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