Local Artists Celebrated at Creative Arts Forum

The Minister for Creative Industries, the Hon Danny Pearson MP, was the special guest of honour at an on-line Creative Arts Forum organised by Gary Maas MP, Member for Narre Warren South, Pauline Richards MP, Member for Cranbourne, and Jordan Crugnale MP, Member for Bass.

The event was held on the evening of Monday 9 November and brought together local artists and community group representatives who had an opportunity to engage with the State Government on the issues most affecting them, especially the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Creative industries have been one of the hardest hit sections of our community as their profession often relies on audiences, close contact during performances and indoor rehearsals.

All these activities are of concern to the health authorities in regards to spreading the coronavirus.

The Minister acknowledged the impact of the health advice on creative activities and assured the forum attendees that he will continue to raise the issues of artists and groups with health officials while requesting any possible options for further creative activities to be undertaken in a safe manner.

The evening also featured musical performances from Berwick local Andrew Swift, whose recent album debuted at #1 on the ARIA Australian Country Charts, popularAfghan artist and Cranbourne resident Taqi Khan Azra, as well as young and upcoming vocalist, Luro.

The Victorian Government has announced $90 million to support the creative sector through the coronavirus pandemic including $19 million for the music industry, $48 million for State-owned creative and cultural institutions and $13 million for non-government arts and cultural organisations.

Further information is available at: www.creative.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/creative-industries-q-and-as


Quotes attributable to State Member for Narre Warren South Gary Maas:

 We are so lucky to have such a talented community, and this on-line Creative Arts Forum was an excellent way to bring together local creatives and the Victorian Government to showcase local art and build a dialogue on how we can move forward together.”

“This pandemic has been difficult on so many industries, and this is especially true for the creative arts. We’re known for our vibrant creative and cultural sectors, and I am so proud to be part of a government that is so dedicated to supporting the Arts.”

“I’d like to extend a special thanks to Andrew Swift, Taqi Khan Azra, and Luro for their outstanding performances at the Forum.”

10 November 2020