Maleny Knitfest to go ahead in full following Federal Boost in 2020

Maleny’s Knitfest will be even bigger and better in 2020 following the announcement of Federal Government funding for the event from the Morrison Government’s Festivals Australia Program.

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said that the $15,000 grant would support the delivery of the festival’s valuable Fibre Arts Workshops, which had been put at risk by a reduction in Local Government funding.

“Knitfest is a great way to show off our local artists and showcase the Sunshine Coast Hinterland’s creativity. Maleny’s yarnbombed streets and handmade art installations are a true spectacle. But there’s much more to Knitfest than simply looking at the art. We want people to get stuck in, and this funding will ensure that more visitors can get hands on and learn a new skill.” Mr Wallace said.

The funding will ensure that through Knitfest’s workshops, participants of all ages and nationalities will gain a fibre arts experience and get involved in new crafts or skills, promoting the Sunshine Coast Hinterland as a creative hub and supporting the fibre arts industry.

“The theme in 2020 is ‘There’s a Dragon in my Garden’ so there’s bound to be something for young and old at Knitfest this July. I am delighted to have been able to help keep the Festival going, and I’d encourage all Sunshine Coast locals to head up to Maleny this winter, check out our region’s fantastic creative talent and get involved.” Mr Wallace said.

Knitfest is a not For Profit Community Group run by volunteers. The Knitfest Yarnbombing Team meet each Tuesday throughout the year at the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre to work on projects to decorate the town during the event.

Knitfest Festival and Creative Director Deborah Swain said “Without this Federal grant the Festival as we know it would simply not have gone ahead. Over recent years, we have helped create a brand new industry here in Maleny and brought a lot of visitors to our local shops. The workshops and our terrific presenters are absolutely central to Knitfest, and I’m so happy that we will be able to run a full program this year.”

“Though we might not show it in public, many of us have a craft at home, or something creative we’ve always wanted to do. Knitfest is a magical way to get started or learn more and with this year’s dragon theme it’s going to be even more special!” she said.

Workshops at Knitfest in 2019 covered topics including Illusion Knitting, basket making, crafts for children and painting in Wool.

Minister Fletcher said the Government will provide more than $550,000 in funding for 20 regional arts projects through the latest round of the Festivals Australia program.

“Festivals reflect the shared culture and experience of a community, and art is an important component of that. Knitfest 2020 will be a drawcard for tourists and will help celebrate the community and its stories,” said Minister Fletcher.

“Support provided by the Australian Government through programs such as Festivals Australia recognises the integral role of arts activities at regional festivals and provides the opportunity for local artists to collaborate across the arts sector.”  

Festivals Australia provides approximately $1.2 million (GST exclusive) each financial year through two competitive funding rounds to support arts projects at festivals in regional Australia.

For more information and to view the latest recipients visit: www.arts.gov.au/festivals-australia 

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