Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith welcomes the news that Penrith will play a big role in growing arts and culture in Western Sydney with two fantastic local organisations receiving funding from the NSW Government for 2016.
The NSW Government has announced a 40 per cent increase in program funding for the Western Sydney region next year as part of a concerted effort to grow the sector.
Stuart Ayres said arts and culture is very strong in Penrith and the government is proud to offer its support to these organisations.
“Penrith has some beautiful stories and some very talented organisations that want to tell them,” Stuart Ayres said.
“I know the Penrith Performing & Visual Arts have been tireless in promoting our region to local and broader audiences while also teaching emerging artists.
“People of Penrith will feel the benefits of this funding with stronger organisations providing quality performances and exhibitions.”
Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Ltd ($1,125,000 over 3 years): PP&VA will produce, present, teach and promote the performing and visual arts for the enrichment of regional and visiting audiences alike, positioning as the premier cultural entrepreneur of Greater Western Sydney.
Penrith Symphony Orchestra ($25,000): The 2016 concert season will include: a subscription series (four symphonic concerts and a chamber opera production), a concert for families with young children, performance opportunities for selected members of PSO’s youth ensemble, Penrith Strings, in some PSO concerts, collaborations with world-class professional soloists and conductors; emerging artists from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music; professional choristers; and community choirs from Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains, Handel’s Messiah, co-presented with Penrith City Choir.