Festival Cairns to be Managed by Council

From November 2009: Festival Cairns will continue to be managed in-house by Council staff from next year until 2012 while it investigates the establishment of a not-for-profit organisation to manage the event in future years.

Cairns Regional Council has allocated $490,000 a year over a three year period to co-ordinate the event after a report was tabled reviewing the 2009 Festival Cairns.

Mayor Val Schier said Council’s Cultural Services and Facilities branch had proved that it was competent, creative and well placed to continue to manage the annual festival in the future. “There are many advantages to managing events in-house including cost effectiveness of using Council managed venues and the positive interaction between Council and the community,” Cr Schier said.

“Council will source an external artistic director as well, as an event professional will bring fresh ideas and access to networks

“When Council went out to consultation for the development of the recent Cultural Plan, the community expressed that it wanted Festival Cairns to have cohesive artistic direction and events created specifically for our region.”

“Council realises that the event needs fostering while it grows into a significant and internationally recognised festival and when it reaches that point, Council will look at options for handing it back to the community to be run by a not-for-profit organisation equipped with years of experience and a program in place for delivery.”



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