A little bit of context
Le Festival is a not-for-profit independant association run by a dedicated committee of 25+ volunteers. We all pride ourselves on always seeking quality, authenticity, and originality with every event we have put on over the last ten years. Every year, our primary source of income is our event ticket sales. Any surplus we collect is then put towards making the event better for the next editions.
In 2019, you may remember the three days of poor weather which resulted in an overall lower attendance and significantly impacted our event. That, followed by a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19 and associated challenges (and risks), has significantly impacted our association. Our resources are currently limited, which puts added pressure on us to ensure we do not exceed budgets while still providing the quality experience that our audience expects, and deserves.
Le festival's current situation
Le Festival is coming back after a 3-year hiatus, however it will still be a lighter version. Due to limited resources and insufficient capacity, we have had to revise our large event format to be able to deliver an event to the standard we desire, without compromising on quality, which we never do. Our financial situation is currently tight, which means that we cannot put as much towards certain elements of the event as we may have done in the past. We are hoping Le Festival 2023 will help us get back on our feet, but we still need more help. We’re asking for an extra boost to keep the ball rolling….
Supporting local communities
Over the years, we have successfully collaborated with over 17 local suppliers (equipment hire, waste management, audio-visual, security, cleaning, electricians, fencing, removals… and contributing to over ¼ M dollars to the entertainment industry each year) as well as around 60 exhibitors in our French Market (that’s 50 small business and 10 other associations showcasing French culture to you!), and over 100 local, interstate and overseas artists performing on our Main Stage every year. There are many things involving a degree of monetisation that take place behind the scenes to make our event happen.
To continue doing so, we need to do something we have only done once before in our nearly 13-year history: we are calling for donations.
support le festival
Our campaign fundraising target is $12,000, which will cover many of our current and future expenses.
Just take a second to imagine this:
- If half of the visitors who attended our last big event donated $2 each, that would cover our administrative expenses.
- If 2,000 people each gave $50, that would ensure all our hire equipment is covered, for example (and who knows what else we could add? 🙂 )
This really shows just how much of a difference even the smallest contribution can and will make.
Merci - Thank you
We greatly appreciate all the support we have received over the years, and we can assure you that it does not go unnoticed. Any contribution, big or small, will go a long way to ensuring Le Festival’s continued success for many years to come. It will significantly assist us to continue delivering Queensland’s iconic French celebration and ensure that the event continues to endure through whatever comes our way.