Falls Marion Bay Saved by Wealthy Philanthropist
Earlier this year the future of the iconic Falls Marion Bay seemed to be on shaky ground
, with organisers admitting that a 2012 event mightn’t go ahead without an increase in funding. Today the Falls crew and Tasmanian tourism board let out an exultant breath, with the announcement of a major sponsorship from philanthropist Graeme Wood AM.
A permanent and much-loved staple on the Australian musical calendar, the Tasmanian leg of the Falls Festival delivers a world class lineup of around 100 renowned and emerging performing artists to regional Tasmania each year. The event also plays a significant role in fostering the artistic community in Tas, with 27 local performance groups included in the 2011 music and arts program.
With a track record of donating to the arts and as the founder of Artology
, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to developing creativity in young people, Wood recognised the festival's wide reach and importance: “The Falls Music and Arts Festival is a case study of the tangible economic impact that creative events, and cultural and ecotourism, can have for the Tasmanian economy. As a philanthropist and businessman, this inspirational combination of creative endeavour and sustainable economic return is something I’m very keen to support."
Similarly, Simon Daly, founder of The Falls Music & Arts Festival, asserted the importance of having sponsors willing tohelp a domestically run endeavor: “Major events have huge budgets which is why they’re more commonly staged in larger markets. Tasmania is incredibly fortunate to have people like Graeme who understand the importance of supporting arts and cultural projects that are important to our community.”
The Falls Music & Arts Festival will be held in Lorne, Victoria and Marion Bay, Tasmania from December 28 - January 1. Details will be drip-fed to the public from July onwards, with tickets on sale after the first lineup announcement. Check out fallsfestival.com