South East Arts presents:
The launch of the Currency House Platform Paper
Restless Giant: Changing Cultural Values in Regional Australia
Panel discussion with Lindy Hume and special guests
Join South East Arts for the launch of this important independent cultural paper which will help shape the future for performing arts in regional Australia.
Opera, theatre and festival director - and Tathra resident - Lindy Hume, puts the case for better understanding and greater flow between artists and arts organisations in metropolitan and regional centres. The metro-centric view of artists based in regional Australia as ‘poor cousins’ is, she suggests, badly mistaken and a lost opportunity.
Through colourful portraits of artistic innovation in small towns and communities, Hume celebrates the rise of a more assertive, even radical state of mind, which she likens to the stirrings of a restless giant: a rebellious counter-urban movement ready to make a profound impact on the national culture.
As an artist living in regional NSW, she finds in Australia's boundless landscapes the ideal environment for the development of new performance work, and specifically cites our creative community here in the Bega Valley as her inspiration. Starting here, Hume argues that new thinking, greater collaboration, flow and integration between Australia's regional and metropolitan arts ecosystems could reshape our national cultural identity.
Discussion Panel Members:
Our panel members represent some of the key performing arts organisations within our region and beyond, as well as acknowledging the important role of local government in supporting regional arts and cultural development.
Simon Hinton, Artistic Director/CEO, Merrigong Theatre
David Francis, Executive Director, Four Winds
Rob McCredie, Co-Artistic Director, fLiNG Physical Threatre
Leanne Barnes, General Manager, Bega Valley Shire Council
Introduced by Iain Dawson, Director, Bega Valley Regional Gallery
Live music by Candelo singer-songwriter Michael Menager
A Summer's evening of discussion and revelations at Candelo General Store & Cafe. Attendance is FREE but you must book. More information here