Arts & Edges - a creative voyage
Artistic Director at Opera Queensland, Regional Arts NSW Board member and chair of South East Arts, Lindy Hume’s keynote address at the Arts & Edges conference in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in October will centre on how regional cultural organisations and all levels of government can value and foster work produced regionally.
Hume will speak about regional and remote Australia producing world-class international art and culture, and detail her experience of what succeeds in presenting and framing regionally produced work. Her current project, Opera Q’s Project Puccini is giving hundreds of Queenslanders from regional and remote areas the chance to take to the stage as chorus members of OperaQ’s regional tour of La bohème equipped with improved music and drama skills, new social and creative networks and an increased sense of community.
Other keynotes for the summit from 16 to 19 October include lead Curator of the First Peoples exhibition at Melbourne Museum’s Bunjilka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, lecturer in the Australian Indigenous Studies Program, University of Melbourne, accomplished filmmaker and media artist, Genevieve Grieves; Nindityo Adipurnomo and Mella Jaarsma from Cemeti, Art House, one of the leading arts, cultural diplomacy and community development organisations in Indonesia, collaboratively in a regional context; Indonesian new-school arts company, Papermoon’s, founder and co-artistic director, Tri Sulistyani and artistic director, Iwan Effendi will present on handling hot topics with style and power while curator of Tasmania’s MONA FOMA, Brian Ritchie will present on working and representing regionally, while staying true to regional roots, sourcing talent to visit and remain in a place, ‘egalitarian programming’ and an outsider’s view of the rewards for choosing to work in the arts in regional Australia.
Arts & Edges Artistic Director, Ben Fox created the themes of Fulcrum, Flux and Flow, to shape the tone of conversation, ideas and work produced for and from the Summit.
Fox says the Fulcrum topic explores the myths, stories, languages and culture that underpin the regional arts sector. Flux considers rapid changes and thinking in an altering environment, the challenges these might pose to the arts and the opportunities they create, and Flow reflects cultural transition in transient locations.
The summit will also include panel discussions, edgy theatre, dance, music, visual arts , writing, film and digital media showcasing the vibrant cultures in regional Australia.
Conversations around the conference have already started through Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags of #raasummit and #fungoorlie.
For further information visit RAA Summit website