The Aboriginal Cultural Showcase will again be a part of the Tamworth Country Music Festival next year after the Federal Government granted a one-off 12-month extension of funding.
Councillors at last night's Ordinary Meeting formally accepted the offer of the $30,000 grant through the Indigenous Culture Support Program to be used to cover the operational costs of the January 2015 event.
A report tabled at the meeting explained the funding of $30,000 (plus GST is a one-off 12-month extension of triennial funding received through the Indigenous Culture Support Program in 2012-2014.
The Aboriginal Cultural Showcase is a week-long annual event held during the Tamworth Country Music Festival in the grounds of Tamworth Community Centre in Darling Street. It will run for its eighth year in 2015.
The showcase was developed with the aim of exposing and developing the talent of emerging Aboriginal performers and to create a variety of opportunities for Aboriginal musicians, performers, cultural practitioners and craftspeople to celebrate and promote their talents and Aboriginal culture during the Festival.
'Most of the organisational tasks are undertaken by agency staff as in-kind contributions in the areas of project management, event management, event production and youth work,' the report said.
The showcase has been project managed as a partnership between Aboriginal Affairs NSW (North West Office) and Tamworth Regional Council through The Youthie (a drop-in youth centre) in conjunction with an organising committee of community representatives.
Services involved in the showcase include Aboriginal Employment Strategy, Medicare Local, Tamworth Family Support Service, Coledale Community Centre, Gomeroi Dance Company, Gomeroi Gaaynggal, Indigenous Coordination Centre, Mara Mara Housing Inc, Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service, Yaamanhaa Aboriginal Men's Group, Yinarr Health and Wellbeing Aboriginal Corporation.