Lower fee good news for festival
Auckland is a step closer to having its first Cabaret Festival. The event, earmarked to precede the AK09 festival in February next year, was in jeopardy because of a $27,000 council permit fee required to use Ponsonby’s Western Park.
Up to $40,000 could also be needed to restore the park after the event.
The council has now confi it can reduce the permit fee by half to $13,500.
The Western Bays Community Board last month approved $25,000 of local projects funding to go towards park cleanup after the festival.
Organiser Arani Cuthberts says while she would love the festival to go ahead in February, it might happen later in the year.
The $450,000 event would run over three weekends and already has $50,000 in support from the Ponsonby Business Association.
Ms Cuthberts is waiting on additional funding decisions from Creative New Zealand and Arts Alive.
The Cabaret Festival has full support from the Western Bays Community Board.
Chairman Bruce Kilmister says it is very keen for the event to happen.