THE community’s connection with the Four Winds Festival was celebrated with an Australia Business Arts Foundation award yesterday.
The ABaF Giving Award for NSW and the ACT was presented to the world-renowned classical music festival, held every second year in an outdoor amphitheatre at Barraga Bay, just south of Bermagui.
Each year the AbaF Awards honour the finest relationships between the private sector and the arts in the areas of partnering, volunteering, access and giving.
The awards are designed to give prominence to the ways in which the arts, business and donors can work together to effectively achieve shared objectives.
For 21 years, Four Winds has presented world-class performances and commissioned Australian music and world premieres, all from temporary facilities.
A successful fundraising drive led to the construction of “Nature’s Concert Hall”, an open-air venue that incorporates a sound shell, which opened this year, as well as a performance pavilion and supporting infrastructure to be completed in 2013.
Nature’s Concert Hall will not only support future Four Winds classical festivals, it will give the region a high-quality venue for a range of artistic endeavours.
Cinema, dance, residencies, community events and world-renowned performers can now be hosted in a space that celebrates nature and music alike.
The giving project gave Four Winds the opportunity to communicate its vision for the future and invite its audience to cement their strong emotional connection to the organisation in a practical way through contributions.
The clear vision of Four Winds encouraged new relationships and a constant source of donations.
The sound shell infrastructure project and the giving project that supported and stimulated its formation has been critical to the expansion of Four Winds.
It was a manifestation of a dream the local community had held for many years and will be enjoyed for many years to come.
The AbaF Awards stimulate, encourage, support and acknowledge excellence, innovation and creativity in relationships between the arts, business and donors.
The AbaF Giving Award is for arts organisations and individual artists with exemplary giving programs.
The Four Winds Festival will go on to the national AbaF Awards, to be presented in Melbourne on October 23.