Funding kick starts film project for Milbi Festival

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Topology, the Brisbane-based classical music ensemble, were awarded $22,500 for their film project which would highlight the Bundaberg Region during Milbi Festival.
Topology, the Brisbane-based classical music ensemble, were awarded $22,500 for their film project which would highlight the Bundaberg Region during Milbi Festival.

Six organisations set to participate in the inaugural Milbi Festival have been awarded funding to help get their festival projects underway.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the State Government and BRC to deliver arts project funding to the region.

At yesterday's General Meeting, Bundaberg Regional Council approved Round 2 of the 2018-19 funding to organisations which focused on special community art workshops, an exhibition, film project and more.

Community and Cultural Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Judy Peters said this particular round of funding was available to support key initiatives as part of the upcoming Milbi Festival.

“Milbi Festival is designed to mark the beginning of the turtle season and to celebrate the unique identity, spirit and liveability of the Bundaberg Region,” Cr Peters said.

“Milbi Festival will run from 15-24 November this year.”

Cr Peters said Topology, the Brisbane-based classical music ensemble, were awarded $22,500 for their film project which would highlight the Bundaberg Region during the festival.

“Topology plan to engage Associate Media to work on the development of five new films based on five small towns around the region,” Cr Peters said.

“Working with composer John Babbage, the filmmakers will visit schools, community groups and anyone else interested in participating.”

Cr Peters said all five new works would be screened as the closing event to the Festival in November at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre.

“This is a project which will begin immediately and run through to November with many community workshops, composition sessions, and one-on-one tuition,” Cr Peters said.

“It's a fantastic project which will not only showcase our region but also our wonderful residents.

“These films will highlight our community and what makes the Bundaberg Region so special.”

Call for community involvement

Topology is calling on community musicians to take part in the five films beig created for the Milbi Festival.

Participants of any age and level of musical or creative ability are encouraged to apply.

Participants would compose a collaborative piece (in workshops conducted by John Babbage, Topology), and then participate or play along with the short film about each local area.

Workshops will be held starting in July in towns throughout the Bundaberg Region including Childers, Gin Gin, Good Night Scrub and Bundaberg central.

If you want to register for the workshops or need more information contact Melanie Doheny – Topology’s Regional Projects Manager at [email protected]

Other projects to receive Milbi Festival funding include:

  1. Beverly Whip (Recycled Jellyfish) – $1,200
  2. Kathy Valks (Found, Foraged, Repurposed) – $1,200
  3. Paul Perry (Makin’ Milbis) – $1,500
  4. Creative Regions Ltd (Cavern of Wonder) – $13,850
  5. Topology (Video Production Strategic Project) – $22,500
  6. Dylan Sarra (Emerging Arts Leader Intern) – 10,000