JOINT MEDIA RELEASE: Vital funding to reignite the Canberra Comedy Festival

Canberra comedy lovers are set to enjoy an extended comedy festival in 2022, with the event one of 63 projects sharing in more than $19.5 million under the sixth batch of grants under the Liberal-National Government’s $200 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the $19.5 million that will flow to the latest recipients of the RISE Fund is supporting nearly 21,000 jobs in more than 600 locations, more than half of which are located in regional and remote Australia.

“The Morrison Government’s objective, in providing this record level of funding for arts and entertainment, is that as the vaccine rollout continues at a strong pace and states and territories open up, arts companies, promoters and festivals are ready to go,” Minister Fletcher said.

“This is an important stage in the resurgence of Australia’s arts and entertainment sector, with this targeted RISE funding providing an opportunity for venues to reopen to audiences; curtains to rise; and performers to come back on stage to a welcoming roar of applause.”

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said the Canberra Comedy Festival will receive $155,521 through the RISE Fund, to support a reinvigorated festival next year as the Canberra arts sector recovers from the economic impacts of the pandemic. 

“I am pleased to announce the Liberal-National Government is supporting the Canberra Comedy Festival’s return in 2022,” Senator Seselja said.

“The 2022 Festival will see performers from the cancelled 2021 event re-scheduled, as well as the return of international headliners to our city.” 

“The return of live entertainment is good for our local arts sector, and good for the Canberra economy more broadly, enticing tourism to our region and boosting our local hospitality sector after a tough year,” Senator Seselja said.

The Liberal-National Government has now allocated more than $179 million of the $200 million RISE Fund, creating 190,000+ job opportunities and expanding cultural and creative experiences for audiences across Australia. 

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THE HON PAUL FLETCHER MP
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts 

SENATOR THE HON ZED SESELJA
Senator for the Australian Capital Territory