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PAC Australia’s Annual Conference and Performing Arts Exchange opens on the Sunshine Coast
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).
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
31st July 2012 - $75 million performing arts academy proposed for Hobart’s CBD
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