City Grants fund an entertainment assault in 2019

Released 17/11/2018

A 22-tonne military truck, repurposed to deliver a barrage of art and music across Civic and Braddon, headlines the City Grants winners for the first half of next year.

The Soul Defender is a cargo truck converted into an urban artwork and mobile stage that will be the vehicle for an imaginative program of events and installations between February and June.

Other funded projects include a one-day Latin festival, free outdoor yoga in Civic, Shakespeare performances in Glebe Park, an urban treasure hunt event and outdoor entertainment as part of the Canberra Comedy Festival. A two-week artists’ residence in a vacant shopfront and a research project to understand how to improve offerings and experiences for people who want to drink less or no alcohol also received grants.

City Renewal Authority chief executive officer Malcolm Snow said the City Grants program was delivering on its goal to make the city a more enjoyable and exciting place to spend time.

“The City Grants recipients for the first half of 2019 will deliver a series of events that will bring music, art and fun to Civic and Braddon,” Mr Snow said.

“This line-up of activities and events, which includes music, art and physical activities, will continue to make our city’s public spaces more enjoyable places over the next six months.”

There were eight grant recipients in this round of City Grants, receiving a total of about $156,000 in funding.

Tier one grants of up to $10,000 were awarded to:

  • Joga Yoga for free outdoor yoga classes twice a week for 12 weeks.
  • Shakespeare by the Lake for two performances in Glebe Park.
  • Fully Rad Adventures for the Canberra City Hustle Urban Treasure Hunt.
  • People Lab for a two-week artist residency in a vacant Civic shopfront.
  • The Canberra Comedy Festival for a program of outdoor entertainment during the festival.
  • Altina Drinks to engage with city venues, businesses and consumers on how to create experiences, events and environments can be created for people who want to drink less or no alcohol while socialising in the city

Two tier two grants of up to $80,000 were awarded to:

  • Baha Agency for the HEAT Latin Fiesta Festival.
  • The Dionysus Movement Pty Ltd for Soul Defender events and installations.

City Grants applications will open early next year for activities taking place in the second half of 2019.

For more information about City Grants winners and how to apply visit

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