Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

PAC Australia’s Annual Conference and Performing Arts Exchange opens on the Sunshine Coast

PAC Australia’s Annual Conference and Performing Arts Exchange opens on the Sunshine Coast
August 27, 2019

Australia’s leading arts professionals are convening this week on the Sunshine Coast - during the annual Horizon Festival - with more than 300 artists and arts managers attending PAC Australia’s 33rd annual Performing Arts Conference, REAP: More. Deeper. Different. and the National Performing Arts Exchange (PAX).

Being held at The Events Centre Caloundra until 29th August the event is one of the most significant annual gatherings of performing arts professionals anywhere in Australia.

REAP: More. Deeper. Different. focusses on the fundamentals of audience development; reaching more audiences, serving audiences deeper experiences and diversifying our audiences and the work they see.

PAC Australia’s Executive Director Rick Heath explained “iIn times of uncertainty for the arts industry it’s important that we don’t assume that what went before is a solid predictor of what lays ahead. At PAC Australia we keep our ear to the ground … we’re curious … and we want to share the stuff that we’ve discovered from around the globe to enable us all to stay ahead of the curve.

“REAP focusses on audiences; the people in our communities that we entertain, inspire, lead and serve. We’ll be providing the ideas and tools, that maximise outcomes and quite simply, making it easier to succeed.”

Opening this week, PAX is Australia’s only national performing arts market, a platform to showcase and pitch shows to presenters and programmers from around the country; and for delegates to connect and collaborate with fellow arts workers. This is where the industry gathers to find the shows that end up on stages across Australia, but we ask delegates to think deeply about the work they see, be open to the new people they meet, and maybe even rage at times about the things they feel – this is not just a place to buy shows this is a place to share in the role of curating culture in Australia.

The speaker line-up features the big thinkers in audience development from across the world including Bryan Joseph Lee (The Public Theater, NY), Anne Torreggiani (The Audience Agency), Alan Brown (Wolf Brown), Alison Clark (Arts Council England), and Deborah Cullinan (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts). The conference will be hosted by the 2019 Thinker-in-Residence, Sydney Festival Artistic Director; Wesley Enoch. Wesley hails from Stradbroke Island (Minjeribah) in QLD and is a proud Noonuccal Nuugi man. Wesley’s vast experience will bring context to conversations and spark the conversations that need to happen.

Happening in conjunction with the conference is a symposium on the Evolving Role of Arts Centres. Arts centres have the potential to cut across outdated binaries of presenting or producing, community or artist and high art or entertainment. The symposium will explore how arts centres will serve their communities into the future and continue to be relevant.

This year’s Conference and Performing Arts Exchange is held in partnership with the Horizon Festival - connecting creative programs to provide delegates with a packed program of performances, pitches and networking.

Festival Director Zohar Spatz adds “we are looking forward to hosting delegates and providing artists with the chance to showcase their work within a festival context.”

Click here for event details in the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar.

Gary Mears, General Manager of The Events Centre Caloundra is profiled in the latest issue of  Australasian Leisure Management.

Images: Aboriginal welcome ceremony at the Horizon Festival (top) and The Events Centre Caloundra from the air (below).

Related Articles

22nd July 2019 - 2019 Australian Performing Arts Exchange to focus on programming and marketing

19th July 2019 - City of Bendigo highlights its thriving creative industries

2nd November 2018 - Sunshine Coast to host 2019 PAC Australia conference

13th September 2018 - Bendigo’s Capital Venues and Events named Performing Arts Centre of the Year

12th August 2018 - PAC Australia announces 2018 Drover Award finalists

17th December 2017 - Australian Major Performing Arts Group condemns harassment and bullying

9th September 2017 - New era for performing arts centre peak body

1st August 2017 - The Events Centre, Caloundra to undergo $6 million redevelopment

13th January 2017 - Tasmanian Regional Arts group axed after 70 years over funding shortfall

14th June 2016 - Artlands Dubbo Conference to emphasise the strength of regional arts

10th August 2015 - Long-term capital works funding approved for The Events Centre Caloundra

3rd July 2014 - Value of the Arts explored at APACA’s annual conference

22nd June 2015 - $1.7 million for regional arts in Australia Council’s new grants program

31st July 2012 - $75 million performing arts academy proposed for Hobart’s CBD


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

INTELLIGENZ

Recreation Management Software for managing all your program registrations, facility bookings, membership pass sales and Point of Sale; including detailed reporting, automated customer communication…

read more

Access / Billing / Finance / Marketing / Technology

 
 

METRA Australia

METRA Australia is your innovation partner for smart electronic locking, Access Control solutions and cashless payment systems to suit all types of leisure facilities.  Our team’s…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Security

 
 

Worldwide Sports Management

Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

GEOFF NINNES FONG AND PARTNERS

Geoff Ninnes Fong & Partners (GNFP) is a structural, aquatic and civil engineering consultancy with broad experience in the design of new municipal and institutional swimming pools, hydrotherapy…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Design / Venues

 
 

SWIMPLEX AQUATICS

Swimplex Aquatics are a world-class company dedicated to the commercial pool, waterslide industry. We are Australian market leaders servicing all states Australia wide. Swimplex provide a full…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

SOLARWISE NSW DOLPHIN TECH

Solarwise NSW / Dolphin Tech were the first and are the largest Dolphin dealer in NSW with a full service facility and full range of spare parts "on the shelf". We also provide on site…

read more

Aquatics / Venues

 
 

APT Asia Pacific Pty Ltd

APT (Advanced Polymer Technology) is the leading global manufacturer of polyurethane-based materials, acrylic coatings and synthetic turf products for sporting and recreational applications. From…

read more

Environment / Sport / Surfaces / Technology

 
 

Polin Waterparks

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976, and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is one of the world leaders in the design, production, and installation of…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business