Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Comedy Festival is budgeting for success
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 16:11

Victorians can expect even more exciting performers, more free programming and more belly laughs from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival thanks to a multi-million dollar boost to the festival’s funding announced in the 2011-12 Victorian Budget.

“Everyone loves a good laugh and there’s no funnier place than Melbourne during the Comedy Festival,” Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu said today.

“This $4.2 million funding boost over four years will ensure that the festival continues to tickle our funny bone for many years to come, remaining ahead of the pack and delivering the best local and international acts and free programming.”

Melbourne Comedy Festival Director, Susan Provan was delighted with the announcement of an increase in recurrent operational funding: “This funding will ensure the festival continues to program the very best in all comedy art forms, provide great temporary venues, and consolidate the Comedy Festival as the major Festival event in Autumn.

“With rising costs of staff, production and venues, this funding will ensure the festival remains a leader and one of the most popular events in Australia.

“In 2011, we saw a new audience enjoy our extended free family programming. With a mix of international and local artists, Melbourne’s streets and major public places came alive with site  specific performance with thousands of people getting caught up in the spirit of the Festival.

“This new funding will enable us to continue key parts of this program.”

Achieving the right balance between more risky groundbreaking and lower risk established programming is the critical challenge to maintaining the Festival’s “top two” status as a “must see” event for audiences and a “must perform” event for artists.

Early figures indicate ticket sales for the 2011 Comedy Festival are likely to have exceeded last year's record of almost 426,000.

Visit: www.comedyfestival.com.au
Pin It
 
PozibleAustralian Stage JobsMembers Area
 

Most Read MELBOURNE Reviews

Cabaret
Fifteen years after I first saw Cabaret and this wannabe Kit Kat Klub girl is as enamored as ever with Kander and Ebb’s sco...
Echo | Melbourne City Ballet
If you are the sort of person who enjoys dance (or think you might enjoy it), you should take the opportunity to wander off...
Mahmoud Ahmed and Ali Birra
The two most revered jazz singers of Ethiopia sang with the band at high voltage – the love in the room was immense....
Miss Blossom Callahann | La Mama
This is the magic of Stephen House's writing. He gives a voice to the marginalised ones who don't have a voice, who are mos...
Melbourne Talam | Melbourne Theatre Company
“Follow the beat of the city and your life never goes off-key” but for three Indian migrants, who just can’t get the city’s...