Funding gives arts festival certainty

‚ÄčA LOCAL arts festival will be able to allocate more funding toward the attraction of higher calibre artists thanks to a new funding agreement with Shire of Mundaring.

Shire President David Lavell said a two-year agreement with the Darlington Arts Festival (DAF) had recently been finalised.

"The Shire has a long history of supporting this local annual event, which began in 1963," he said.

"The Shire is proud to commit to funding the festival for an additional two years, contributing $10,000 a year to the running of the event.

"This is a fantastic community event which puts our Shire on the map as an artistic hub, showcasing the talents of our local residents and those further afield."

DAF President Peter Nicholls said the two year agreement gave the festival some additional certainty when planning and resourcing for the year ahead.

"The Festival costs around $120,000 a year to run, so the Shire funding plus the additional waiving of facility hire fees does make a significant difference, particularly in these more challenging economic times," he said.

"The funding allows us to improve the presentation of exhibited art, thereby assists us to attract a higher calibre of artists and, in turn, a greater number of visitors to the festival."

Mr Nicholls said the festival committee was particularly focussed on attracting and engaging youth in all forms of art.

The 2016 DAF runs on Saturday 5 November and Sunday 6 November.

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