Māori and Pacific arts and culture will feature strongly when creative and cultural events showcasing New Zealand’s diversity are boosted through the Major Events Fund.
Economic Development Minister Hon. Phil Twyford has recently announced the new Creative and Cultural Events Incubator, which is funded through the Major Events Fund, will open on February 3.
“Creative and cultural events have historically received less support under the Major Events Fund than sporting events,” Minister Twyford says.
“We recognise creative and cultural events often have a different path to success, which is why we have established the Incubator to support this growth and development.”
The Incubator will give priority to events which celebrate New Zealand’s culture and diversity and have a vision to be major events of international significance.
It is a tremendous opportunity for new and existing arts and cultural events to develop and flourish, the Minister says.
Up to $1.5 million is available through to June 2022 for creative and cultural events which meet the criteria, especially events with a focus on Māori and Pacific arts and culture.
“New Zealand is well known for hosting world-class sporting events; now it’s time to focus energy on our creativity and culture, continuing to grow its appeal for our communities and international visitors,” Minister Twyford adds.
The inaugural Incubator round opens on February 3 and applications will be accepted until February 28.