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Media Release - National Award

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19 November 2013

Junction Arts Festival and Launceston Airport Win National Award

Junction Arts Festival and partner

Launceston Airport win the Regional Award at the Creative PartnershipsAustralia National Awards presented last night at Parliament House in Canberra.

Following on the successful win in September at the State Awards in Hobart, Junction Arts Festival and Launceston Airport were again celebrated last night winning the Regional Award at the Creative Partnerships Australia National Awards.


is a tremendous honour for the Festival. To be recognised at a national level among our peers for our innovative partnership with Launceston Airport is encouraging, especially following the announcement last week of our funding increase by Lara Giddings and the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania.


Airport has been a sensational Festival Partner over the past three years enabling us to create innovative programming and unique experiences for

visitors to Launceston in their arrivals lounge. Rock bands don’t tend to be part of any airport welcoming committee, unless you arrive at Launceston

Airport during Junction Arts Festival,” said Natalie De Vito, Festival Director.

In keeping with the unique nature of the festival, artistic

performances have been held at Launceston Airport that support greater promotional reach for the event, but also create a dramatic sense of arrival and establish a festival atmosphere from the moment visitors step off the plane.

Michael Cullen, Commercial Manager of Launceston Airport said, “We know how important unique events such as Junction are in attracting interstate and international visitors. We are also very supportive of the work the festival does to produce and present world class live art and performance to our local audience.”

“Junction plays an important role in driving creativity in our community and it also drives us to think more creatively. This year we were pleased to extend our promotion through a new billboard sign which increased awareness to another quarter of a million people as they passed by our luggage carousels. Business partnerships with the arts makes sense and awards such as these put our region firmly on the national stage,” added Mr. Cullen.

Steve Henty, Chair of Junction Arts Festival who

accepted the award in Canberra on behalf of the Festival, stated, “Business partnerships are critical to the success of Junction. The mix of social and measured economic return to Northern Tasmania shows that it truly is a win-win situation. I am very, very proud to have accepted the Creative Partnerships Australia Regional Award with Michael Cullen of Launceston Airport. It’s an honour toChair the Board of this inspiring organisation.”

Creative Partnerships Australia works with the arts, business and philanthropic sectors, as well as government, to support sustainable creative industries in Australia. The Creative Partnerships Awards recognise outstanding collaborations between the private sector and the arts throughout Australia.




Photo attached

1. (State Awards in September, Government House, Hobart)

L-R: Steve Henty, Board Chair, Junction Arts Festival; Michael

Cullen, Launceston Airport (Image by Les O’Rourke, courtesy of Creative

Partnerships Australia)

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