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Community members gathered to hear the announcement about funding for Wai:bal Art and Culture Project. Photo supplied)
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It was announced yesterday that the Nimbin Community Centre will receive $14,480 from the NSW Government to grow and promote Aboriginal art and culture in the region.

The Wai:bal Art and Culture Project will include workshops by respected Bundjalung artists and cultural practitioners from across a range of local clan groups.

Audiences will share in regional arts and cultural experiences through exhibitions and public performances at the Wai:bal Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

Thomas George MP visited Nimbin Community Centre yesterday to announce the funding. ‘The NSW Government acknowledges the important role art plays in Aboriginal culture and through the Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund,’ he said. ‘We want to create opportunities for Aboriginal artists, arts workers, communities and audiences.’

Artworks at the Nimbin Community Centre. Photo supplied)
Artworks at the Nimbin Community Centre. Photo supplied)

Mr George said that the government is proud to invest in a vibrant and distinctive Aboriginal arts and cultural sector, supporting local artists in regional and remote NSW to tell the stories of their communities.

‘Our state is fortunate to have a vast array of Aboriginal artistic talent across art forms including visual art, dance, theatre, literature and music,’ he said.

‘This new project will help Aboriginal artists build on their abilities and talents, boost local economies and encourage a greater appreciation of Aboriginal culture in the broader community.’

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