Performing Arts groups Arts Forum Parliament House
Arts Minister Virginia Judge will convene the forum to discuss how to promote and expand the vital role that performance, dance and theatre plays in the community. “Investing in the cultural sector is a key part of the Keneally Government’s strategy to stimulate the economy and create vibrant, diverse communities,” Ms Judge said. “The forum will give small-to-medium performing arts organisations an opportunity to explore new ideas to empower the industry to expand its skills and audience base. “I am keen to hear suggestions about ways in which the Keneally Government can support this sector to benefit the industry and the community as a whole.”
More than 100 members of the small-to-medium performing arts sector from across the state attended the forum, and the feedback was consistent amongst the working groups.
Many said it was great to be all in the same room and catch up and network and share information.
Leland Kean from the Tamarama Rock Surfers [Old Fitzroy Theatre Woolloomooloo] said “For the first time in a number of years it feels as though the door of communication has been opened with Arts NSW. Today's forum was a fantastic step in the right direction not only for the ministry but for the industry as a whole. We rarely get the opportunity to sit together and honestly voice our ideas and concerns and this I believe will only be of benefit in the coming years to the small to medium sector. I applauded the Minister and her staff for having the guts to organise an event such as this and look forward to the outcomes and dialogue it is bound to create.”
Ms Judge said it was the third creative industries forum she has held at Parliament House, and was looking forward to creating positive outcomes from all the different groups.
Certainly consensus feedback to the Minister was for more forums in the future to workshop ideas. Reforms to the grant process and more direct face to face contact with Arts N.S.W. And the need for more Arts space and for the Government to free up rehearsal spaces and some venues are dormient tthat could be utilised for this purpose.
The unanimous benefit of the day was all the different Arts groups meeting each other for the first time in the same room to network and share ideas and experiences.