Lake Bolac Eel Festival and Deakin University Win 2013 ABAF Award
Outstanding relationships between business, arts and donors were honoured and celebrated today at the Creative Partnerships Australia Awards in Victoria, held at Hamer Hall in the Arts Centre Melbourne. The 2013 Awards recognise the very best relationships between the private sector – both business and philanthropic – and the arts. “We’ve been very impressed with the high standard of entries and the range of initiatives nominated this year,” said Fiona Menzies, CEO, Creative Partnerships Australia. “The Awards continue to demonstrate that innovative and creative partnerships between the cultural and private sectors are thriving across the country; reaffirming the value these partnerships bring to the organisations and the broader community."
Creative Partnerships Australia was established this year under Creative Australia, the Australian Government’s national cultural policy, to encourage and facilitate private sector support for the arts. Creative Partnerships works with the arts, business and philanthropic sectors, as well as government, to support sustainable creative industries in Australia.
There were winners announced across eight categories including partnering, volunteering, access and philanthropy, all of which support the creation and sustainability of cultural activities for the enjoyment of all Australians. Winner of the 2013 Creative Partnerships Regional Award in Victoria is Lake Bolac Eel Festival & Deakin University. In 2012 Deakin University’s Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention partnered with the Lake Bolac Eel Festival to promote creative research as a tool for building new communities of care. This successful partnership has widened the horizons of the Festival while also introducing the University to a new creative community.
From left: David Allen (Lake Bolac Eel Festival), Jondi Keane (Deakin University) and Hans Henkell (business man and philanthropist).
Lake Bolac Eel Festival and GHCMA Win 2011 ABAF Award
Lake Bolac Eel Festival and Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority Win at the AbaF Awards 2011 in Victoria.
Victoria’s best relationships between business, the arts and donors were honoured and celebrated at the Australia Business Arts Foundation’s AbaF Awards 2011 in Victoria on Monday 5 September. Each year the AbaF Awards honour the finest relationships between the private sector and the arts in the areas of partnering, sponsorship, volunteering and giving. It is a chance for business to show innovative thinking through their support for the arts and for the arts to showcase best practice in partnering with the private sector.
In Victoria there are seven winners of state level categories and one additional partnership that is a finalist in a national-only awards category. Lake Bolac Eel Festival and Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority won the Visy Arts & Environment Award. The Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority is the primary natural resource management organisation for South West Victoria, and has supported the Lake Bolac Eel Festival since its inception seven years ago. Through funds, equipment, labour and signage, the Authority has helped this volunteer-run regional festival, which promotes environmental sustainability, community engagement and respect for Indigenous cultural heritage.
Lake Bolac Eel Festival and Deakin University Win 2012 ABAF Award
Lake Bolac Eel Festival and Deakin University have won the AbaF Regional Award at the prestigious Australia Business Arts Foundation’s (AbaF) Awards 2012 in Victoria, at Hamer Hall in Melbourne this week. “The Lake Bolac Eel Festival and Deakin University formed a creative partnership to document and promote the 2012 festival,” said Patrick West, senior lecturer in professional and creative writing, Deakin University. “The partnership has greatly enhanced this annual art and music festival, while enabling Deakin to expand its regional program.” The Eel Festival uses music and art as draw cards to involve people in a range of cultural and environmental activities. Its influence has spread throughout the region and it has become known nationally for its focus on Indigenous and environmental issues.
As a university with regional campuses, Deakin embraced the Festival’s commitment to providing a significant, inclusive, affordable event that fosters reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and promotes ecologically sustainable rural practice.
The partnership also introduced valuable, fresh ideas and different ways of seeing this vibrant regional community. “The exciting and creative ideas that the partners explored together have helped to strengthen the Festival’s outreach, influence and network,” said Una Allender, secretary, Lake Bolac Eel Festival. ‘Both Deakin University and the Festival look forward to continuing this partnership to the benefit of both partners and the Lake Bolac region.”
According to Stefani Adams, Director Victoria, AbaF, the AbaF Awards 2012 Victoria is important because it acknowledges and celebrates the very best relationships between the arts, business and donors. “Every nomination, every award winning Victorian entry tells the story of how different people from different sectors have worked together; to create something extraordinary,” says Ms Adams.
“The AbaF Awards 2012 show us what’s possible; what can be achieved when Victorian business, the arts and donors do connect.”
Heidi Victoria MP, (Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier & Assisting the Premier with the Arts), David Allen, (Lake Bolac Eel Festival), Una Allender (Lake Bolac Eel Festival), Noelene Fraser (Lake Bolac Eel Festival), Patrick West (Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, Deakin University)
Lake Bolac Eel Festival finalist in Community HART Awards
The Lake Bolac Eel Festival was recently named as a finalist in the community HART awards. These Awards recognise local governments and community organisations that are advancing reconciliation in Victoria.
The festival and the associated Healing Walk were recognised with five other finalists in the community category. Although the festival did not take out the award, it was great recognition of the efforts of the people who have built the festival over the last ten years. Festival Chair Rob Shea said “The nomination for the award was good timing as it acknowledged the great work done over the past ten years and provides encouragement to the new people who have become in involved in the past few months in preparation for the next festival in April 2016. The festival had a break this year but will be back with the committee working through some new ideas while still maintaining the focus on the environment, local history and music”.
The Eel Festival had four representatives at the awards which were held at the start of Reconciliation Week in the Korin Gamadji Institute at the Richmond Football Club. Featuring a stirring performance by legendary singer songwriter, Kutcha Edwards, this was an afternoon of great celebration, which recognised the passionate and dedicated individuals who work together to bring about mutual understanding and respect between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.
The HART awards are a partnership between the Victorian Local Government Association and Reconciliation Victoria.
From left: Elyjah McLeod, Rob Shea and Moira Drew with Wurundjeri elder Colin Hunter Jnr at the HART awards. Photo: James Henry
23-25 March 2018