Wanted: bold ideas for Victoria’s creative industries

The future of Victoria’s creative industries is in focus after the state government launched a discussion paper inviting bold and provocative contributions on the issue.

People from the creative and cultural spheres, including design, screen, literature, visual arts, performance, digital games and music are invited to contribute. Members of the broader public has also been invited to have their say.

Creative industries minister Mark Foley launched the discussion paper, “Let’s get creative about Victoria’s future”, in early June.

The discussion paper contains 10 themes, which include harnessing the opportunities of digital technology, supporting Aboriginal arts and culture and advancing regional Victoria and outer metropolitan Melbourne.

In the paper, the minister described Victoria as, “the national home of art, culture, screen, literature, performance, digital games, design and music.”

A series of workshops and a special event are being held around the state during June and July to foster the discussion, including a special Q&A panel event at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre on Monday 29 June. The panellists will include musician Clare Bowditch, artistic director, writer and singer Robyn Archer and cultural entrepreneur Peter Tullin.

Upcoming workshops are also being held in Sale, Frankston, Melbourne, Werribee, Mildura and Shepparton.

Those wanting to contribute are being encouraged to use the hashtag #GetCreativeVic to engage in discussion on social media, to attend one of the workshops or to comment on the paper online.

Responses to the discussion paper close on Friday 17 July 2015.

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