At its June 2020 meeting, Council adopted the 2020-21 financial budget and made the tough decision to implement changes to the City’s annual cultural events program. These changes include the cancellation of Urban Couture 2021. This decision was made in response due to COVID-19, the viral pandemic, which impacted the City’s operation and the subsequent closure of City facilities. This City is covering a shortfall of approximately $12 million in the 2020-21 financial year due to the reduction in rates, fees and charges. This has resulted in some program changes and Urban Couture will not take place in 2021.
The City will support artists, designers and creative business entrepreneurs through the Arts in focus program, a series of workshops, discussions and seminars for local artists. For more information on what opportunities are available, register for the monthly e-newsletter online.