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Australian Government Announces FIRST Cultural Policy in Two Decades

Posted: March 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: ART | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australian Government Announces FIRST Cultural Policy in Two Decades

Australian Government Announces FIRST Cultural Policy in Two DecadesAustralia’s Minister for the Arts, Simon Crean says a multi-million-dollar culture policy is vital to support the nations creative sector which is at the “core of a modern economy”.

The Federal Government’s Creative Australia policy is the first cultural policy since former prime minister Paul Keating unveiled Creative Nation in 1994. In making the announcement at the National Press Club in Canberra, Mr Crean said the policy would strengthen, sustain and grow the economy.

The fund aims to support young people wanting to enter the arts sector and provide funding to existing performance arts companies. It also includes an update of the National Indigenous Languages Policy and $14 million over four years to develop community-driven language resources and activities.

The funding is reminiscent of Paul Keating’s Big Picture policy and includes $8.6 million for Partnerships Australia, $9.3 million for six major performing arts companies, including the Bangarra Dance Company, the Belvoir Theatre, Black Swan State Theatre, Malthouse Theatre, Circus Oz and the West Australian Ballet. $75.3 million will be put towards a restructure of the 40-year-old Australia Council :: Read the full article »»»»