Funding boost for South Australia’s much loved events and festivals

29 July 2015

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism

South Australian events and festivals have been given a funding boost in order to attract even more visitors to the state’s regions.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell today announced the recipients of the State Government’s Regional Events and Festivals Program.

“From the Fleurieu Peninsula’s Beachside Food and Wine Festival to the Port Augusta Cup Day, events are a huge deciding factor for visitors to South Australia,” Mr Bignell said.

“They help celebrate the state’s vibrancy and creativity and have long played an important role in our tourism industry.

“As the demand for Adelaide and South Australia as a tourism destination continues to grow, we must capitalise on events. They inject millions of dollars into local economies.

“The State Government knows the importance of attracting tourists to regional communities.
“That is why we will spend $35 million over two years to promote South Australia to domestic and key international markets, secure new major events and conferences and create thousands of tourism-related jobs.”

The Regional Events and Festivals Program is dedicated to events which generate a significant increase in visitors to South Australia.

Thirty events and festivals from every region in the state have received a share of $300,000.
Support is provided for marketing activities to increase each event’s profile and help generate an increase in tourism activity.

The program includes the Community Events Development Fund, which provides grants of up to $5000, to smaller, community-based events which have the potential to grow into a larger regional tourism event.

Events and festival to receive funding in 2015/16 are:

• 18 Hours Melrose – Flinders Ranges and Outback – September 2015
• Kangaroo Island Marathon – Kangaroo Island – September 2015
• Lower Lakes Stockmans Challenge – Fleurieu Peninsula – September 2015
• Bay to Birdwood – Adelaide Hills – September 2015
• Ceduna Oysterfest – Eyre Peninsula – October 2015
• Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations – Limestone Coast –October 2015
• Renmark Rose Festival – Riverland –October 2015
• Gorgeous Festival – Fleurieu Peninsula – November 2015
• Bay Sheffield – Adelaide – December 2015
• Crush – Adelaide Hills – January 2016
• Tunarama Festival – Eyre Peninsula – January 2016
• Glenelg Triathalon – Adelaide – January 2016
• Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival – Kangaroo Island – February 2016
• Queen of the Desert – Flinders Ranges and Outback – March 2016
• Blenheimfest – Clare Valley – March 2016
• Cadell Harvest Festival – Riverland – March 2016
• Beachside Food and Wine Festival – Fleurieu Peninsula – April 2016
• Yorke Peninsula’s Saltwater Classic – Yorke Peninsula – April 2016
• South Australian Masters Games –Murray River Lakes and Coorong –April 2016
• FloatFest – Murray River Lakes and Coorong – April, May 2016
• The GREAT Breakaways Marathon – Flinders Ranges and Outback – May 2016
• Kangaroo Island FEASTival – Kangaroo Island – May 2016
• Clare Valley Gourmet Festival – Clare Valley – May 2016
• Penola Coonawarra Arts – Limestone Coast – May 2016
• Melrose Fat Tyre Festival – Flinders Ranges and Outback – June 2016
• Port Augusta Cup Day – Flinders Ranges and Outback – July 2016
• Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival – Adelaide – July 2016
• Winter Reds – Adelaide Hills – July 2016
• South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival – statewide – August 2016
• Barossa Gourmet Weekend – Barossa – August 2016

 

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