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Adelaide Festival Centre set to host inaugural Asia-Pacific Creative Cities Conference

Adelaide Festival Centre set to host inaugural Asia-Pacific Creative Cities Conference
October 8, 2019

From 23rd to 26th October, Adelaide will host world-class speakers and top-level delegates from the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for the first ever Asia-Pacific Creative Cities Conference.

Organised by Adelaide Festival Centre and supported by the Government of South Australia, the inaugural four-day conference will give delegates the opportunity to take part in panels and discussions, artistic showcases and study tours to deepen regional collaboration and highlight cultural leadership in the Asia-Pacific.

They will discuss topics including sustainable development, entrepreneurship, bilateral partnership, tourism and marketing strategies. In honour of the International Year of Indigenous Language, a United Nations observance in 2019, the conference will address the ways in which Indigenous arts, language and entrepreneurship in the Asia-Pacific region may be promoted and supported.

Moderators include Pippa Dickson, Director of Asialink Arts, Dr Mat Trinca, Director National Museum of Australia, and John Carty, Head of Humanities at the South Australian Museum and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Adelaide. Panellists include Timothy Chin, Director of Arts and Heritage, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth in Singapore, Jean Wee, Director, Preservation of Sites and Monuments, Singapore Botanic Gardens, National Heritage Board, UNESCO World Heritage and Mark Wee, Executive Director of Design Singapore.

The City of Adelaide will host a civic reception for conference delegates and a round table meeting for visiting mayors from the Creative Cities network. These events will present an opportunity to demonstrate Adelaide’s vision and leadership incorporating creativity and live music into sustainable urban development.

Designated a UNESCO Creative City of Music in 2015, Adelaide is committed to sharing best practices, developing partnerships and prioritising international collaboration with the members of this important alliance.

The APCC Conference will take place alongside Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival and will showcase the innovation and creativity of the Asia-Pacific region.

It will also give delegates the chance to create new cultural and creative industry (CCI) opportunities within the Asia-Pacific, which has been described in a 2015 EY Report ‘Cultural times: The first global map of cultural and creative industries’ as the world’s biggest CCI market, generating $1068 billion of revenue and 12.7 million jobs.

Looking forward to the Conference, Adelaide Festival Centre Chief Executive and Artistic Director,Douglas Gautier stated “Adelaide Festival Centre is looking forward to welcoming attendees to the inaugural Asia-Pacific Creative Cities Conference. It is an opportunity for delegates from the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the Asia-Pacific and creative practitioners to foster valuable new working relationships and create partnerships and connections, all while experiencing Adelaide’s richly diverse culture.”

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was created in 2004 to promote cooperation among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The network of 180 cities covers seven creative fields: Design, Literature, Music, Film, Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts and Gastronomy.

Click here more information on the Conference in the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar. 

Images: The Adelaide Festival Centre (top) and Moon Lantern Parade at OzAsia Festival (below).

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