The Otago Festival of the Arts received a boost yesterday
with the announcement of a $150,000 Otago Community Trust
donation to help fund next year's festival.
The support comes after last year's festival recorded a
six-figure loss and exhausted its $60,000 cash reserves under
previous director Alex Wheeler.
Miss Wheeler resigned suddenly in December, immediately after
the 2012 festival, when it emerged poor administration had
led to many performers not being paid.
''I'm delighted with this vote of support from the community
trust,'' 2014 festival director Nicholas McBryde said
''After last year, the festival has a legacy that it has to
acknowledge and, when I was putting in applications to
funding organisations, the festival didn't look very
The community trust was one of the festival founders and its
support was crucial, Mr McBryde said.
''The trust was part of the inspiration for the festival and
provided $40,000 for the original feasibility study back in
1998. Without the community trust, the festival wouldn't
exist, it's as simple as that. So, we're very grateful and
it's certainly not something we take for granted.''
Several international acts had already been confirmed for the
next arts festival, next October, Mr McBryde said.
The Otago Community Trust donated $359,400 to 30
organisations in August, including $40,000 to the Otago
Chamber of Commerce for training programmes, $40,000 towards
the Special Olympics National Games in Dunedin in November
and $35,000 to Musical Theatre Dunedin production Hairspray.
Other trust donations for August were. -
Alexandra: Central Otago Maths Problem Solving Challenge,
$500; Central Otago District Council, $1500; Historic Clyde
Inc, $2500; The Terrace School, $6000.
Cromwell: Tek Rush, $500.
Roxburgh: Teviot Valley Community Christian Trust, $1500.
Dunedin: Dunedin Gymnastic Academy-Rhythmic Group, $400;
Tainui School, $1000; Dunedin Clay Target Club Inc, $1500;
Otago Mental Health Support Trust, $2000; Operation New
Direction Trust, $2000; King's High School, $3000; Otago Fish
and Game Council, $3000; Dunedin District LandSAR committee,
$4000; Otago Early Childhood and Schools Maori and Pacific
Island Festival Trust, $5000; Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust,
$5000; Dance Aotearoa NZ Ltd, $5000; Carers Soc Otago, $8000;
Otago Life Education Trust, $12,600. Mosgiel: Arthur Burns
Preschool, $300; East Taieri School, $1500.
Balclutha: Kaitangata Black Gold Community Inc, $2500; Owaka
Golf Club, $4500.
Oamaru: North Otago Scout Zone Jamboree committee, $3600;
Oamaru Operatic and Musical Society Inc, $14,000.
Other: Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability