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Creating Jobs and Boosting Tourism: Grants to Support Territory Events and Festivals

The Territory Labor Government is continuing to invest in festivals and events across the Territory, recognising their importance to liveability, tourism, and local jobs. 

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss, today announced more than $700,000 through 2018/19 NT Major Events Company (NTMEC) Round 2 Grant Funding for 24 events and festivals.

The funding supports events to engage the local community, attract visitors and showcase the Territory’s unique stories. Two distinct funding streams are offered - Event Development supporting innovative changes and additions to event programs that drive visitation; and Strategic Development to support events to build capability, sustainability and ensure a safe event environment.

A diverse range of festivals and events across the Territory encompassing sport, music, heritage, literature and Aboriginal art and culture are being supported through this funding round including Territory Taste, Henley on Todd, Grove Hill Silent Film and Music Festival and Blacken Open Air.

The BLACKEN Open Air heavy metal festival is receiving support to develop a Strategic Plan for sustainable growth of the Festival, as well as an operational plan and risk management strategy. This year BLACKEN Open Air has moved to the Ross River Resort, 80kms from Alice Springs. Set at the mouth of the ancient N’Dhala Gorge, the event will bring together bands from every corner of the country for a weekend of music and community-spirited heavy metal culture. 

Further information about this funding visit 

Attached: 2018/19 List of Recipients – Round 2

Quotes from Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss

“This funding will support a wide range of festivals and events, deliver economic and social benefits and create jobs.

“The Territory hosts some of Australia’s most iconic festivals and events.

“Our festivals and events range from moving and inspiring to creative and quirky. They help build the Territory’s reputation as a unique holiday destination rich in history, art and culture.” 

Quotes from Member for Braitling, Dale Wakefield

“It is exciting to see the number of Central Australian events receive funding.

“This funding enables us to support new and develop existing events, which is great for business and tourism and real boost for Territory lifestyle and local jobs, which is so important in keeping people living in the NT.”


Media Contact: Trish Grimshaw 0401 119 242

NTMEC Event Funding Round 2