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Australia’s largest book trading fair returns


Clunes locals will enjoy a weekend of books and storytelling at the town’s Booktown Festival, backed by a Victorian Government program designed to back the state’s vibrant community events calendar.

The e Clunes Booktown Festival is one of more than 70 recipients of grants through the $1 million Regional Community Events Fund.

The Fund supports community groups, local councils and small-scale event organisers with grants up to $25,000 for small-scale events and festivals held across the state in locations like Clunes.

Returning for the first time since 2019, the Clunes Booktown Festival kicks off on 30 April and runs until 1 May 2022. The festival features Australia’s largest collection of rare, out of print and collectable books for sale, showcased in and around the main street in Clunes.

The festival also features writers talks, storytelling sessions and live entertainment to celebrate reading and writing.

Booktown was first held in 2007 and attracts thousands of visitors each year, along with more than 50 specialist book traders offering unique selections to the public. Non-for-profit organisation Creative Clunes operates the festival and aims to engage with communities through books and storytelling.

Thanks to the Government’s investment, a range of costs associated with hosting events in a COVIDSafe environment including density limit management, record keeping and good hygiene practices, and marketing activities will be supported at the festival.

The Regional Community Events Fund is part of the Victorian Government’s targeted support for local communities to come together safely to help Victoria recover and come back stronger than ever. The Fund is administered by Visit Victoria, which is well-connected to regional-based event organisers.

Visit Victoria is working with Regional Development Victoria to ensure that regional councils and event organisers have more support and confidence to plan and stage events with COVIDSafe settings.

The Regional Community Events Fund complements the $20 million Regional Events Fund, a commitment to bring blockbuster events to Victoria’s regions as part of the $633 million Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan. For more information visit Regional Community Events Fund.

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