Lower fee good news for fes­ti­val

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

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.

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