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Creative Industries Engagement Forum – 5th May, 2016

Creative Industries Engagement Forum
Thursday 5 May 2016
The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne

Audio Podcasts available below.



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This forum was designed to explore the implications of working in a Creative Industries paradigm. Featuring keynote speakers, industry panels and roundtable discussions, this half-day event will provide opportunities to explore collaborations between arts organisations and creative businesses, sharing ideas, potential projects and partnerships.

This event is open to the following Victorian arts and culture sectors: Cultural and Natural Heritage; Performance and Celebration (including Festivals); Visual Arts and Crafts; Books and Press; Audio-visual and Interactive Media (including Screen); Design and Creative Services; and Universities and Government Representatives working in the creative industries.

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES MINISTER Martin Foley will launch the event, and Creative Victoria CEO Andrew Abbott will be speaking about the implementation of the new Creative State strategy, announced by the Minister in April 2016.

Justin O’Connor will launch his Platform Paper #47: ‘After the Creative Industries: Why We Need a Cultural Economy’
In the 1990s, the ‘creative industries’ emerged as a global concept aimed at mobilising the energies of culture in support of a new kind of economy: entrepreneurial, multicultural, youthful and digitally savvy. ‘Culture’ moved to the top table of policy-making, and a revolution in Higher Education was proclaimed, with ‘creativity’ a central resource. Yet, only twenty years later the Australian Government has launched an innovation program in which culture and the cultural industries are nowhere to be seen. This Platform Paper charts the rise and fall of this vision in Australia, and argues that while undoubtedly a victim of its own hubristic rhetoric, its rapid disappearance leaves a hole in policy-making that those in the cultural sector ignore at their peril. Justin O’Connor outlines what a new agenda for the cultural economy might look like, ‘after’ the Creative Industries.


11.30AM – Arrival and Registration

12PMSession 1
Welcome: Creative Industries Minister Martin Foley; Claire Spencer, CEO Arts Centre Melbourne; Kate Larsen, Arts Industry Council (Vic); and Katharine Brisbane AM, Chair of Currency House.
Keynote Address: Justin O’Connor ‘After the Creative Industries: Why We Need a Cultural Economy’


1.50PM – Session 2
Creative State Q&A: Andrew Abbott, Deputy Secretary Creative Victoria.

Working in the Creative Industries – Facilitated by Nicole Beyer, Director, Theatre Network Australia. Speakers include:
–  Maker Spaces – Holger Dielenberg, Founder spacetankstudio
–  Technology and the Public Space – Esther Anatolitis, writer and director of
Regional Arts Victoria
–  Collaboration in app design – Armin Kroll, Director jtribe
– Books and Press – David Ryding, Director City of Literature Office
– Staying Inspired – Diana Nguyen, Actor and Comedian

3.50PM – BREAK

4PM Session 3
Panel Discussion – Creative Industries: What’s really at stake?
Facilitated by Prof. Julian Meyrick, with guest speakers including:

–  Magdalena Moreno, Deputy Director, International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA).
–  Richard Frankland, Head of Curriculum and Programs, Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development.
– Van Badham,
Writer, Speaker, Host, Script Consultant.

5.30PM – 7PM
Informal Networking and Launch of Currency House Platform Paper #47 by Justin O’Connor. 10% discount for delegates at The Barre, Arts Centre Melbourne.


$33 for Independents/Unwaged
$55 for Salaried Workers (incl. GST)

Auslan Interpreting will be provided on request, but please give us as much notice as possible.


To reach a diverse range of delegates from across the Creative Industries, we have set categories based on UNESCO’s 2009 Framework for Cultural Statistics. When registering, please select the category you feel best fits your strengths/experience:

Cultural and Natural Heritage
Performance and Celebration (includes festivals)
Visual Arts and Crafts
Books and Press
Audio-visual and Interactive Media (includes screen)
Design and Creative Services
Universities and Government Representatives

A Theatre Network Australia industry event in partnership with Creative Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne, Arts Industry Council (Vic), International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) and Currency House.

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