June 26, 2015


Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, today announced a $16,000 grant for Ballarat’s Festival of Slow Music to deliver a world premiere performance.

Speaking at the festival’s program launch at the Ballarat Observatory, Mr Foley announced Creative Victoria’s support for the world premiere of a Concert for Piano and Toy Band – a collaboration between renowned Australian pianist Michael Kieran Harvey and musician and festival director Adam Simmons.

The 2015 Ballarat Festival of Slow Music will be held over nine days in late August. It offers a broad program of events with music across all genres performed in intimate and unusual spaces across Ballarat.

This year’s festival program includes a host of unique opportunities to experience music in a different way, from an overnight event at the observatory to an art bus crawl.

The Minister congratulated the Festival Board and Adam Simmons, the Artistic Director, on another great program and said that the festival was one of Australia’s stand out niche music events.

The 2015 festival runs from 22-30 August.

For more information about the festival, visit: www.festivalofslowmusic.com

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley

“Ballarat will be the place to be over the next few months – with the Festival of Slow Music, the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards exhibition and the Ballarat International Foto Biennale all on at the same time, followed by the Ballarat Cabaret Festival and the hosting of this year’s Archibald Prize exhibition.”

“Ballarat is a great example of the role creativity and culture can play in the lives of all Victorian communities. The Andrews Labor Government is looking at how we can grow that contribution through the development of Victoria’s first creative industries strategy.”

Quotes attributable to Geoff Howard, Member for Buninyong

“Adam Simmons is a world-class musician who grew up in Ballarat and has gone on to collaborate with a wide range of outstanding performers. This festival demonstrates the important contribution of the local creative community to our vibrant and exciting region.”

Quotes attributable to Sharon Knight, Member for Wendouree

“Adam is to be congratulated on a diverse program that will have something for everyone, as well as providing great opportunities for local artists. I encourage everyone to come along to the festival and be engaged and inspired.”