Moonah MOVES keeps moving

MOONAH MOVES is set to keep moving thanks to a $5000 grant provided by the Liberal Government for the 2018 Festival.

The MOVES annual program and festival offers great opportunities to view, create, perform, experiment and experience new ways of moving.

The inaugural MOVES was granted to the Salamanca Arts Centre in 2016 and the Moonah Arts Centre (MAC) has been selected to be the 2018 host.

Minister for the Arts and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer recently dropped by the MAC to make the funding announcement.

“The Hodgman Government recognises the importance of supporting events and activities that engage people from all parts of our community,” Ms Archer said.

“We want Tasmania to become the boutique events capital and one of the world’s greatest event destinations.

“The Events Tasmania ‘Marketing Tasmania Grant Program’ has been specifically designed to help achieve this, to further support events that promote our state’s tourism and events sector.”

The MOVES includes school holiday programs and weekly performances, after which MAC takes over in Spring 2018 for the festival celebration.

Contemporary dancer Anna-Maria Vaisanen said she was excited to be part of this year’s Moonah MOVES Festival.

“I have been dancing since I was four-years-old – that’s for 26-years now and I can’t wait to be part of this year’s MOVES Festival,” she said.

“I have already started working on our choreography and I expect it’s going to be a great festival.”

Moonah MOVES is one of 14 events across the state that has received funding as part of the Events Tasmania Marketing Tasmania Grant Program.

This round of funding will see the allocation of $66,000, which will be matched by the individual events to increase and enhance their marketing activities.

Caption: From left, Moonah MOVES coordinator Kelly Drumond Cawthorn, Minister for the Arts and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer and contemporary dancer Anna-Maria Vausanen.