Vallejo Gantner on being artistic director of the Onassis Foundation

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It was mid-February in Athens and cold and sunny as we sat on the balcony of an apartment sipping cloudy ouzo and eating salty olives. Vallejo Gantner and I did this almost every afternoon to celebrate another day’s end of Athens Burns Bright; Creative Ecology Tour. “Mate, I signed the contract, it’s real, it’s happening,” Gantner said, breathing out a big

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Budget 2019: Infographic on arts input into Australia

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Last night’s Federal Budget once again showed the LNP ’s adhoc and grudging tolerance of the arts. The organisation representing the major performing arts companies, AMPAG, is one of nine arts sector bodies that has created an infographic showing national participation in the arts and how its economic impact contributes $4.2 billion to Australia’s GDP. According to AMPAG (it represents the 28 major performing arts companies lucky

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Budget 2019: What is Australia’s Cultural Policy?

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Last night’s federal budget documents offered stark insights into our nation’s culture by setting out Australia’s political priorities in financial terms. In the absence of a written policy, how do these political decisions reveal the unwritten values that frame our cultural life? asks arts industry advocate Esther Anatolitis. Surprisingly, identifying those values is much easier than

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Deborah Williams and changing the world through Creative Diversity

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Deborah Williams is an award-winning actor, writer, theatremaker and executive director of the UK’s Creative Diversity Network. She is in Australia this week to present a keynote speech at the Fair Play Symposium for Diversity Arts Australia in partnership with Creative Victoria. She will be also speaking at Belvoir Theatre, Sydney today from 4 -6pm. My road

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