Artist installations, pop-ups, public classes, street performances and markets could soon take over the city on a regular basis as Council introduces new incentives for event organisers.
Over the next six months Council is offering grants of up to $5,000 in cash and up to $3,000 of in-kind support through its new Lively Quay Street Grants programme that was adopted today.
Acting Mayor Councillor Cherie Rutherford said Council is putting the call out for expressions of interest from event organisers to be part of a vibrant calendar of community events from September through to February 2018.
“Our redeveloped Quay Street has truly paved the way for a more exciting future on our riverbank and we’re ready to see a range of sustainable events held regularly for our community to enjoy in this incredible part of our city,” Cr Rutherford said.
“In conjunction to our scheduled events like River Festival and Laneways, this program allows for free local events to take place every week, drawing people into the CBD and supporting our local businesses while they are there.”
The Lively Quay Street programme is open to artists, music or performance events, recreational activities, interactive installations and temporary public art activities and free play activities between William Street and Denham Street.
Council’s Manager of Regional Development and Promotions, Chris Ireland, said Council had already received strong interest from event organisers within Central Queensland since the opening of Quay Street and the success of this years’ River Festival in June.
“More than ever before, our riverfront is truly becoming the focal point of our CBD and now is the perfect time to stimulate the area through a fantastic schedule of events that promote tourism while showing off our Region’s incredibly talented arts and culture scene,” Mr Ireland said.
“Quay Street is now a place for celebration and a canvas for which we invite people to bring their creative ideas and contribute to the cultural life and vibrancy of Rockhampton.
“The cash grant is a huge advantage and the in-kind support of up to $3,000 is a great convenience for organisers as this will cover things like road closures, marketing assistance and traffic control.”
Expressions of interest open on the 14th of August and close on 28th of August 2017. Applicants will be notified of their success on the 4th of September.
To apply visit: www.rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au/quaystreetactivation