State Government arts and culture funding to boost local performances after COVID-19 impact

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Albany Entertainment Centre is set to have venue hire fees waived as part of a $15 million State Government recovery package to help performances and touring.

The package included a $5.65 million venue hire waiver for performing arts companies for free access to State Government venues, including those managed by the Perth Theatre Trust, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and VenuesWest.

This arts and culture project funding will increase opportunities for employment and venue activation.

Albany Entertainment Centre manger Drew Dymond said he hoped it would bring more events to the Great Southern.

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“We are delighted to offer West Australians and, in particular, local performers an opportunity to access the venue and facilities at a reduced rate,” he said.

Upcoming performances at the AEC include the Comedy Gold show featuring Kath and Kim comedian Peter Rowsthorn, theatre production By A Thread and Indigenous dance production Djuki Mala.

Culture and Arts Minister David Templeman said it was more important than ever to recognise the value of the arts industry.

“I have consulted with the creative, committed and hardworking individuals of the sector and heard first-hand about the complex problems each art form is facing,” he said.

“The State Government is providing a much-needed boost to the culture and arts sector as part of the WA Recovery Plan and we'll continue to develop appropriate responses into the future.”

The “Getting the show back on the road” recovery package also includes a $350,000 contribution to events delivered by the WA Music Industry Association and up to $9 million available to underwrite COVID-19-related financial risks for live music and performance.

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