Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival Cancelled

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Pressures on the community from the ongoing drought have been named as the key reason for cancelling Grenfell’s major annual festival.

Whilst Grenfell’s major festival will not go ahead this year Arts OutWest will of course support the community to find ways of running alternate activities. Following the decision Weddin Shire Council held  an Extra-Ordinary meeting (Friday 17 January, 2020 and resolved to hold a Community Drought Event at the Grenfell Railway Station on the June 2020 Long Weekend and to include a June 2020 Long Weekend Event as part of the Drought Communities Program (DCP) grant funding application requesting $100,000”. See the full resolution on their Facebook page.

The committee released the following statement:

Media Release

2020 Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts

The Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Committee has resolved that the 2020 Festival go into recess pending an evaluation in July.

The Committee’s decision was not taken lightly and was due to various factors such as the inability to elect a full executive and fill all the coordinator positions, the drought’s effect on the Committee’s fundraising capacity and the proposed Main Street redevelopment. Other rural towns are currently experiencing similar issues.

The Committee also resolved to recommend to Council that an alternative community event be held on the 2020 June long weekend at the Grenfell Railway Station and that a grant proposal to the Drought Communities Program Extension be submitted to assist in funding the event.

A strategic review of the Festival will be undertaken in July 2020 to determine the future direction of the Festival.


Image: Henry Laswon statue by Gillie and Marc Schattner , photo Denise Yates.

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