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February 09 2010

Arts players celebrate 30 years in the spotlight

Ballet dancers perform on stageA who’s who of the arts scene will gather in Adelaide this month to celebrate Australia’s longest running Arts and Cultural Management degree and to showcase new directions in the international arts scene.

Graduates of UniSA’s postgraduate Arts and Cultural Management program including the Deputy Director of the General Office of China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, Luqiang Qiao, will present a range of insights at a one-day symposium celebrating 30 years since the inception of the degree.

Qiao, who studied a Graduate Diploma of Arts Management with the support of an Australia-China Council Grant, is just one of a number of high profile guest speakers who will discuss current issues in the global arts scene.

It was UniSA’s arts program, says Qiao that enhanced his ability to analyse cultural phenomenon internationally.

"My experience at UniSA enriched the colours of my life in an unforgettable way,” he says. “The skills and knowledge I obtained through the program widened my horizons and completely changed my way of thinking.”

Other speakers include the Artistic Director and Founder of the Odyssey Dance Theatre Company in Singapore, Danny Tan, presenting on arts in China and Singapore; Adelaide Festival of Arts General Manager and Associate Artistic Director, Kate Gould; arts maven Rhoda Roberts; and Dr Brenda Croft from UniSA’s Unaipon School who’ll look at issues facing Indigenous arts and cultural management.

Associate Professor Jo Caust from UniSA’s Arts and Cultural Management program says that like Qiao, many graduates have gone on to become major players on the national and international arts scene.

“David Malacari, the Artistic Director of the Auckland Festival and Jacinta Thompson, the Executive Producer of the OzAsia Festival, are both graduates and we have many others who hold notable positions on the Adelaide arts scene,” she says.

“UniSA’s program has delivered hundreds of graduates who have gone on to make an impact on the arts from dance and theatre to festivals and public arts programs in Australia and around the world. Being a postgraduate program, our students benefit from direct access to the national industry, not just through UniSA but in collaboration with their fellow students who are all working in the arts.

“The arts sector has seen major growth in the past 30 years and continues to play an extremely valuable role in building cultural capital in community. Arts management as a profession has contributed hugely to this growth,” she says.

Caust says the symposium will provide a good opportunity for past students to re-engage with the University that launched many of their careers.

“Our graduates have been so much a part of our success over the past three decades and we’d like to invite them to share their ideas for the future. But this is also an event for anyone interested in the future direction of arts management,” she says.

One 1994 graduate, Christie Anthoney, and currently Director of the Adelaide Fringe Festival says that achieving her Graduate Diploma was a pivotal moment in her career.

“For one intense year I focussed on thinking,” Anthoney says. “Guided by Rainer Jozeps as course coordinator, the study was significant for my career and is still one of my most treasured accomplishments.

“Through the course I met many people in the industry and consolidated my thinking on a range of important areas - many theories I galvanised then, I still hold today.”

Other guest speakers at the event will include Dr Hilary Glow, author and senior lecturer for the Arts and Entertainment Management Program at Deakin University and Douglas Gautier the CEO and Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival Centre will take the reins as master of ceremonies.

Event details:
Saturday 20th February 9am – 5pm
Bradley Forum, UniSA City West Campus
RSVP is essential and closes on the 15th of February. Contact Carmel Young, carmel.young@unisa.edu.au



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