Australia’s Only Circus Training Institute Receives Federal Funding

Albury Wodonga, NSW, Australia ( May 04, 2011

Australia's Only Circus Training Institute Receives Federal Funding

Australia's Only Circus Training Institute Receives Federal Funding

Arts Minister Simon Crean today announced a one-off funding increase of $100,000 for the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Australia’s only full-time circus training institution for children.

The funding will assist the Circus, based in Albury Wodonga, to continue to provide core training opportunities.

Mr Crean said that the funding will help ensure that the Circus’s senior students continue to receive the necessary support for a professional career in the circus arts. It will also allow the Circus to strengthen its national reach and enhance opportunities for collaboration and engagement with relevant industry and training organisations.

“The work of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus is critical for engaging children in skills development to ensuring a healthy future for Australia’s performing arts sector,” Mr Crean said.

“The Australian Government is committed to providing regional Australians with career opportunities in the arts and has supported the Circus for many years. The Flying Fruit Fly Circus provides such opportunities to young Australians.

“Many of the Circus’s graduates have become elite level practitioners, with successful careers working with Cirque du Soleil, Circus Oz and Circa,” Mr Crean said.

In 2010 the Flying Fruit Fly Circus opened its new purpose built training facility in Albury, after receiving Australian Government funding of $3.754 million through the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

“The talent of these young circus performers was on show when I officiated at the opening of this world class circus arts training facility,” Mr Crean said.

The Australian Government is committed to fostering the careers of world class performing artists. In 2010-11 the Government will provide almost $16 million in operational support for elite performing arts training organisations.

These organisations are a critical element in the career pathways that will support and nurture the next generation of talented Australians in the creative industries and the arts.

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