Tyalgum Classical Music Festival's funding loss

THE Tyalgum Classical Music Festival will 'most definitely' be going ahead, despite losing a valuable grant from the New South Wales Government.

Festival president, Virginia Mason, described the loss of funds as an annoyance, but not something that would derail the festival.

Arts NSW this week pulled funding to four regional festivals, Bellingen Jazz, Bangalow, Camden Haven Music Festival and Tyalgum.

Camden is not expected to go ahead this year, but with a 17-year history, Tyalgum is strong enough to withstand the cut.

Mrs Mason said it was disappointing Arts NSW was not supporting classical music festivals.

“We are going to have to work harder to make up the deficit,” Mrs Mason said.

Festival co-ordinator Alexsandra Wilkinson said the festival would go ahead from September 4 to 6.

“While the lack of funding this year from Arts NSW is certainly disappointing, our committee has worked hard in the past few years to build a solid financial base which should enable the impact to be weathered,” Ms Wilkinson said.

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