LAKE BOLAC - The Lake Bolac Eel Festival has been recognised at the Creative Partnerships Australia Awards in Victoria, held at Hamer Hall in the Arts Centre Melbourne.
The awards presented on the night recognised the very best relationships between the private sector - both business and philanthropic - and the arts.
The Eel Festival together with Deakin University were awarded the Creative Partnerships Regional Award.
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.
"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.
The winners of the awards at state level will go on to represent Victoria at the 2013 Creative Partnerships Australia National Awards being held in The Great Hall, Parliament House in Canberra on November 18.
The 2013 Creative Partnerships Australia Awards in Victoria are supported by event partner Arts Victoria and venue partner, Arts Centre Melbourne. For more information, visit www.creativepartnershipsaustralia.org.au.