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Lake Bolac Eel Festival and Deakin University have won the AbaF Regional Award at the prestigious Australia Business Arts Foundation’s Awards 2012 in Victoria.
Established in 2000, the Australia Business Arts Foundation, AbaF, is a national organisation dedicated to connecting the arts, business and donors. Each year AbaF honours the finest relationships between the private sector and the arts through the prestigious national AbaF Awards.
“The Lake Bolac Eel Festival and Deakin University formed a creative partnership to document and promote the 2012 festival,” said Dr Patrick West, senior lecturer in professional and creative writing at Deakin University.
“The partnership has greatly enhanced this annual art and music festival, while enabling Deakin to expand its regional program.”
The Eel Festival uses music and art as draw cards to involve people in a range of cultural and environmental activities. Its influence has spread throughout the region and it has become known nationally for its focus on Indigenous and environmental issues.
As a university with regional campuses, Deakin embraced the Festival’s commitment to providing a significant, inclusive, affordable event that fosters reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and promotes ecologically sustainable rural practice.
The partnership also introduced valuable, fresh ideas and different ways of seeing this vibrant regional community.
“The exciting and creative ideas that the partners explored together have helped to strengthen the Festival’s outreach, influence and network,” said Una Allender, secretary, Lake Bolac Eel Festival.
"Both Deakin University and the Festival look forward to continuing this partnership to the benefit of both partners and the Lake Bolac region.”
Deakin personnel involved in the project included: