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Funding success for Seachange Festival

MOMENTUM is building for the organisers of the 2013 Prom Coast Seachange Festival, due to take place in and around Foster and district April 25-29 next year.

Two recent funding successes have been a welcome boost for the much-anticipated fourth festival, confirming that the festival is well regarded and well supported locally, regionally and at a state level.

With sponsors South Gippsland Shire Council and Toora & Foster Community Bank® branches already on board, festival chair Deb Bray is thrilled with the added support provided by funding from Tourism Victoria, Esso and BHP Billiton.

“A funding application developed by the festival organising committee was submitted to Tourism Victoria’s Country Victoria Events Program,” Deb explained. “The committee is thrilled to have received a letter of notification of success from the Hon. Louise Asher MP, Minister for Tourism and Major Events.”

“The funding from Tourism Victoria is a wonderful boost for the festival, with $3000 to go toward publicity and activities that will enhance tourism in the area over the festival weekend.”

Each year the festival grows in size, reputation and participant numbers, and the organising committee is very passionate about continuing its commitment to fostering quality events that celebrate and draw attention to this magnificent region.

“I am also delighted to announce that our supporters at Esso and BHP Billiton have committed to sponsoring yet again this year. Their $3000 contribution will go a long way to augmenting the range and quality of events that will be presented as part of the 2013 festival,” said Deb.

In putting together the series of events that form each Prom Coast Seachange Festival, the committee draws upon ideas and established activities from within the community.

“The festival is organised by locals, involves locals, and celebrates local talent, culture, enterprise and landscape,” Deb said.

“It also provides a fantastic platform that attracts quality artists and performances to the region.”

There has been strong commitment from within the community, with a number of events already in development. Favourites from previous years, such as the Hypothetical, a Saturday night music/dance event and a FAMDA production, will run again over the festival weekend.

Deb explained that new ideas for events and activities are presenting themselves all the time and an extensive program is beginning to form.

“We will publish and promote the finalised program early next year, but in the meantime people can keep up to date with progress and news by visiting the festival Facebook page or website www.promcoastseachangefestival.org.”

Throughout the summer holiday season, Save The Date materials will feature at key tourist spots around the area to encourage visitors to keep 25-29 April 2013 in mind when planning their activities for next year. It is also a great opportunity for locals to pass the message on to friends.

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