Bigger and better: Julianna Addison, Jay Morrison, Sarah Hart, Renee Jennings and Michaela Settle with Monty and Emmylou at the announcement. Photo: ALISTAIR FINLAY

Government grants boost Frolic Fest

October 10, 2019 BY

BALLART’S celebration of all things LGBTIQ, Frolic Festival, has received a significant funding increase thanks to State government grants.

Totalling nearly $20,000, the money will go towards doubling the events at this year’s Festival.

“The Festival is so fun and friendly and it’s such an important thing to be out and proud in the Ballarat Community,” said Jay Morrison, Frolic spokesperson.

“In the past that hasn’t necessarily been the case but with the Festival on we’re out, we’re proud, we’re having fun and people see that… it just drives a better public acceptance.”

With $10,000 coming from the State government’s Pride Events and Festivals Fund and a further $9200 out of the LGBTIQ Community Grants program, Member for Wendouree Julianna Addison said the money underscored a commitment to diversity within the community.

“The Andrews Labor Government has a clear view that equality is non-negotiable,” she said. “In Victoria we celebrate our diversity and we celebrate our equality.”

While the cash will help with running Frolic Festival, Mr Morrison said that money was also recognition of the importance of the region’s LGBTIQ community.

“I think it shows a dedication to the equality is not negotiable agenda,” he said. “Their support means that we can be out and proud and that we can celebrate our arts and culture in the community.”

Member for Buninyong, Michaela Settle, encouraged people to check out the range of things of offer during Frolic Festival.

“There’s just an amazing amount of events on,” she said. “There’s something for everyone from the Rainbow Stories at the library through to the Queer History Walk.”

The Festival will also feature a carnival day, community garden tours, a bush dance, karaoke night, and a drag night.

This year’s Frolic Festival runs from 7 to 13 November.