An annual Wollongong music festival will share in funding which aims to boost local tourism economies.
A total of 59 events within regional NSW will receive a boost to tourism as part of the NSW Government's $1 million Regional Event Fund.
Destination NSW will provide funding to event organisers throughout the state to deliver events that will attract visitors and drive economic activity.
The fund will support 18 events through $20,000 annual Flagship Event Fund grants; 12 events via $30,000 cash and in-kind triennial Flagship Event Fund grants; and 29 events via $10,000 Micro Event Fund grants.
Wollongong's Yours and Owls Festival is a Flagship Event Fund recipient.
"This funding will bring regional events back to life, which will not only put money in the pockets of event vendors but will be a huge morale boost for our communities at such a crucial time," Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said.
The uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic's future impact on live performances has led to the annual Wollongong music festival being pushed back to next year.
Organisers are also preparing for the possibility that this edition of the festival, if it goes ahead, may not feature any international acts.
Co-organiser Ben Tillman recently said they'd had imminent plans to announce the dates for Yours & Owls 2020 to take place on the October long weekend, as they have done for the past few years.
However, with so much uncertainty, they have decided to move their dates for the Stuart Park event to January 23 and 24, 2021 to give them the best chance of the festival going ahead.
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