Cementa, the biennial four-day Australian contemporary arts festival in Kandos bringing together artists from urban and regional contexts, has been boosted by investment of $125,000 from the NSW Government, Member for Bathurst Paul Toole and Minister for the Arts Don Harwin announced today.
Cementa, to be held from November 21-24 this year, is one of 53 supported recipients sharing a total of $4,030,000 through Create NSW’s Arts and Cultural Organisations Program funding to help organisations bring their offering to local audiences.
"In addition to multi-year support provided across the sector, this investment will help a broad range of NSW arts and cultural organisations stage a huge variety of annual programs of events, exhibitions and performances for the State to enjoy year-round," Minister Harwin said.
"This annual funding will help the Cementa festival in Kandos improve its offering, contribute to local employment and just as importantly, increase the number of opportunities for audiences to access and enjoy arts and culture locally."
Mr Toole said he was delighted that Cementa will share in this support to help deliver another exciting 2019 program of activity.
"This support from the NSW Government is crucial and I know that getting behind Cementa will be greatly received not only by the local Kandos community, but also by visitors to the area," he said.
"Cementa brings together more than 60 artists from urban and regional destinations who exhibit video, installation, sound, performance, 2D and 3D artworks at venues across Kandos and its surrounds.
"Venues include shopfronts, vacant lots, the scout hall, local museum, community centre, golf course, people’s yards, rural properties and public parks. The works address the identity, history and current social, environmental and economic context of the town and its region."