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Boost for Penrith Arts and Culture


Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith welcomes the announcement by Minister for the Arts Don Harwin that Penrith will benefit from a share of record arts and cultural activity funding to be delivered across NSW.


Penrith City Council (PCC) is one of 198 recipients sharing in $9,371,594 million through Round 1 of Create NSW’s 2021/22 Arts & Cultural Funding Program on behalf of the NSW Government.


Stuart Ayres said the grants to PCC include $20,000 for The Penrith Symphony Orchestra and $4,540 for The Monologue Project.


Details of the projects include:


  • During 2022 Penrith Symphony Orchestra will present four symphony concerts, an opera gala, a children’s concert, and a Family Christmas concert. The Orchestra will continue to support young artists and emerging composers and promote a love of fine music to western Sydney and the lower Blue Mountains.


  • In partnership with Kings Cross Theatre, with support from Powerhouse Youth Theatre Fairfield, The Monologue Project is a pilot writing program for teenage writers to create a monologue, which will be published as a resource for teenagers to perform for the HSC Drama Individual Performance – bridging the gap between young emerging writers and publication.


“After another challenging year, I am thrilled the NSW Government is investing in Penrith through the Arts and Cultural Funding Program,” Stuart Ayres said.


“The people of Penrith are champing at the bit to return to experiencing and engaging with our local galleries, theatres and festivals. I can’t wait to see our community’s projects and programs come to life.”


Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin said “We know that 2021 was a difficult year and there is a strong sense of anticipation from audiences and the sector to come back even bigger and better in 2022.”


“The NSW Government is proud to be investing in a record 198 programs through this funding round which will create jobs for over 17,000 arts and cultural workers,” Mr Harwin said.


“Not only does it boost jobs and the economy, it will support audiences to be welcomed back to arts and cultural spaces, and we anticipate that over 10 million people will be entertained by the programming this funding will make possible,”


For further information on arts, screen and cultural funding, including targeted support opportunities, visit the Create NSW website at





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