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Changing cultural values in regional Australia

Changing cultural values in regional Australia
February 2, 2017

To celebrate the fiftieth edition of its quarterly voice of the arts sector, Currency House is addressing the cultural promise of rural and regional Australia.

In a landmark Platform Paper (RESTLESS GIANT: Changing cultural values in regional Australia, Currency House Platform Paper No. 50), celebrated opera and festival director Lindy Hume traces the rise of an assertive, rebellious counter-urban movement ready to make a profound impact on our national culture.

Regional Australia, says Hume, is no longer just the site of colourful country yarns about place or passive audiences waiting for touring city companies.

A rural-based artist herself, Hume challenges the historic mindset that regards ‘regional’ as inferior to ‘metropolitan’ and proposes that our national cultural landscape and narrative could be so much richer for the amplification of the distinctive, eloquent voices of artists from regional Australia.

In RESTLESS GIANT: Changing cultural values in regional Australia, Hume shows how a fresh perspective has inspired bold performance work and how a better integration between regional and metropolitan arts ecosystems could reshape Australia’s cultural identity.

She celebrates the experience of the counter-urban artist - the conscious decision to live and create in regional Australia, away from the city’s white noise - and explores some of the barriers, not least the huge resource imbalance, preventing regional artists from contributing more to the national conversation.

Hume has served as Artistic Director for the Sydney Festival and the Perth International Arts Festival and is Director of Opera Queensland where the integration of city and regional arts is her special focus. An internationally renowned director, she has chaired the boards of South East Arts and Regional Arts NSW.

Throughout February Lindy Hume will speak about her findings with local arts leaders in public forums in regional centres from Bundaberg to Warragul.

Regional launches of RESTLESS GIANT: Changing cultural values in regional Australia:

3rd February 6.30pm - Candelo General Store, 48 William Street, Candelo

7th February 6pm - Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, 177 Bourbong St, Bundaberg

9th February 5.30pm - Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty Street, Lismore

20th February 6.30pm - Helen M. Smith Theatre, Arts Academy, Camp St, Ballarat

21st February 6.30pm - West Gippsland Arts Centre, Albert/Smith Street, Warragul

23rd February 6.30pm - Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra

28th February 5pm - BMEC Bathurst, 105 William Street, Bathurst

Entry is free but attendance must be booked through local venues.

For more information go to wwwcurrencyhouse.org.au

Image of Lindy Hume courtesy of Opera Queensland.

30th November 2016 - HISTORICAL FUNDING ENTITLEMENTS OF MAJOR ARTS COMPANIES ARE ‘COWARDLY’

14th June 2016 - ARTLANDS DUBBO CONFERENCE TO EMPHASISE THE STRENGTH OF REGIONAL ARTS 

7th May 2016 - AUSTRALIA’S CULTURAL ECONOMY IN A QUAGMIRE

21st April 2016 - LIVE PERFORMANCE AUSTRALIA CALLS FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO HAND BACK ARTS FUNDS

10th March 2016 - ARTS LEADER LYNCH LABELS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S ARTS POLICY AS A DISGRACE

25th June 2011 - FUNDING FOR ARTS PROJECTS IN REGIONAL AND REMOTE AUSTRALIA

23rd July 2009 - SYDNEY FESTIVAL EXPANDS TO UNIVERSITY CAMPUS


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