The Hon George Brandis QC
Minister for Veteran's Affairs
The Hon Michael Ronaldson
Today we announce funding of over $1.5 million for 32 community-driven arts and culture projects to commemorate the Anzac Centenary.
These centenary arts projects give Australian communities the chance to express their own history of service and sacrifice creatively and educate and engage audiences about experiences, values and emotions of the men and women involved in Australia's military past.
Through theatre, song, installations, exhibitions and even digital storytelling, the projects funded by the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program will explore the centenary and what it means to local communities.
Australians are encouraged to take advantage of the many different opportunities to participate in remembering the service and sacrifice of Australians in all war efforts during the centenary.
The Centenary of Anzac will mark a Century of Service, encompassing all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australians have been involved.
It will be the most significant period of commemoration in our nation's history. These projects will also remind us of the historic role artists have played in helping Australians at home understand the reality of conflicts – through film, painting, photography, theatre, poetry and music – and the sacrifice of the many artists who have served with their fellow Australians in times of conflict.
The Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program is a grassroots program to support local communities, organisations and artists to create their own arts and culture projects to commemorate the Anzac Centenary. Many of the projects supported through this round of the Program focus on commemoration of the Gallipoli campaign and other significant battles of the First World War.
A second round of grants under the Public Grants Program is expected to open for applications after Anzac Day 2015. This round will commemorate the First World War Armistice and Australia's service and sacrifice in other conflicts during the past hundred years, with activities and projects to be delivered out to 2018.
More information about the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund and a full list of recipients under the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program can be found on the Ministry for the Arts website www.arts.gov.au.