Our adventures thus far…

ACAPTA’s Cultural Leaders have been very busy! With so many
summits, symposiums and salons to attend we’ve hardly had time to blog! So
here’s a quick rundown of many of the things we’ve been keeping ourselves busy
with.

We kick-started our project in June with ‘Showcase
Victoria’, a showcase of potential touring shows presented by the Victorian
Association of Performing Arts Centres and Regional Arts Victoria. Here we met
many touring companies and regional venue coordinators, including Jessie Deane,
who invited us to have our first ‘salon’ session about her career and work as
Venues Coordinator for Hobson’s Bay City Council. We also connected with Donna
Jackson through the showcase, who gave us the opportunity to volunteer as
guides in the ‘Illuminated By Fire’ site specific project in July. This gave us
the chance to learn about her process and working style, which she then
formally shared and discussed with us in a session in the weeks after the show.

August saw the mentoring crew prepare for and ship off to
the Garma Festival, ‘Australia’s leading indigenous cultural exchange event’.
Our team, with the addition of Bree Le Cornu and Scott McBurnie, were entrusted
by the indomitable Madge Fletcher to run circus workshops for the Youth Forum
throughout the festival. Here we were given great insight into Yolngu culture
and life, and got to meet many wonderful people.

At the end of August, having barely been home, some of the
crew were again on a plane to Sydney for the unmissable premiere of DV8’s
latest physical theatre work, ‘Can We Talk About This?’ at the Sydney Opera
House.

September was by far our busiest month including a trip to
Brisbane for a string of events. The second national Youth Circus Symposium was
our first stop, held at Flipside Circus in Alderly. This was a great
opportunity to get together with directors, CEO’s, trainers and managers from
youth circus companies around Australia to discuss programs, money, spaces,
shows, emerging artists among many other things. We were even treated to a
performance of ‘Between You and Me’ by some of Flipsides young performers!

Our next stop in Brisbane was the Australian Theatre Forum
‘Convictions and Connections’ at the amazing Brisbane Powerhouse. A collection
of around 250 theatre workers from a broad range and scale of companies came
together to present and discuss their ‘visions of the future’ and what we can
do to get there.

During our time in Brisbane the Brisbane Festival and Under
The Radar provided us with an endless list of shows to see, including ‘Dream
Menagerie’ at the Speigeltent, ‘I Feel Awful’ by The Black Lung and ‘Petit Mal’
by Race Horse Company.

Back in Melbourne we got ourselves along to ‘Walking a
Tightrope: Rights and Risks in the Performing Arts’, co-presented by the Arts
Law Centre of Australia, Theatre Network Victoria, Ausdance Victoria and
ACAPTA. This was an eye-opening talk about copyright, intellectual property,
and how this affects performance and the creation of work.

Our most recent adventure has been attending the 5th
World Summit on Arts and Culture, hosted by the International Federation of
Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA). Held at the Melbourne Convention
Centre, this was a truly international conference with delegates from government
and NGO’s from all over the world meeting to share difficulties, successes and
ideas for the future.

Still to come in our program will be the coordination of the
National Youth Circus Day event in Melbourne, salons with a number of
interesting, successful people working in the arts as well as a number of other
small industry events.

Stay tuned for more detailed accounts of our expeditions
thus far, and info on our future endeavours…

~Ella

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