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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


The annual Cementa Festival at Kandos will go ahead in 2022.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has today announced NSW Government funding of $139,000 to support the event.

To be held from May 19-22, Mr Toole said Cementa 2022 is a celebration of experimental art-making, creative community practice and unique partnerships.

“This funding aims to support the Festival’s relaunch after being postponed due to the pandemic,” he said.

“Held in Kandos, Cementa 2022 builds on an annual program of residencies, exhibitions, and special projects as the major expression of a vibrant culture bridging the regional/urban divide.

“Cementa is one of 198 great projects sharing in $9,371,594 million through Round 1 of Create NSW’s 2021/22 Arts & Cultural Funding Program on behalf of the NSW Government.”

Mr Toole said that after another challenging year, he is thrilled the NSW Government is investing in the Kandos and Rylstone area through the Arts and Cultural Funding Program.

“The people of Kandos and Rylstone are champing at the bit to return to experiencing and engaging with our local galleries, theatres and festivals,” he said.

“I can’t wait to see the local community projects and programs come to life when Cementa is held next year.”

Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin, said he knows that 2021 was a difficult year and there is a strong sense of anticipation from audiences and the sector to come back even bigger and better in 2022.

“The NSW Government is proud to be investing in a record 198 programs through this funding round which will create jobs for over 17,000 arts and cultural workers,” Mr Harwin said.

“Not only does it boost jobs and the economy, it will support audiences to be welcomed back to arts and cultural spaces, and we anticipate that over 10 million people will be entertained by the programming this funding will make possible.”

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