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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 5 May 2011) . . Page.. 2018 ..


(2) If a decision on whether to hold the festival has not been made, when will this decision be made and will it be made in time for organisers to have more than 100 days to plan an inclusive festival.

(3) Given the success of the You Are Here festival, has the Government considered developing an ongoing model in which the Government facilitates turning unused office space into short term arts venues.

(4) Are there any plans to expand the festival beyond the 10 days.

(5) Which ACT arts groups and organisations were (a) included in and (b) not asked to participate in the You Are Here festival.

(6) What was the complaints process for artists and organisations who feel they were not included in the festival and what measures are being taken to ensure that similar festivals are even more inclusive in the future.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) A decision regarding Centenary pilot programming for March 2012 has not yet been made.

(2) The Centenary Unit are scheduled to evaluate the 2011 You Are Here - URBANcITY pilot initiative by 30 June 2011. It is anticipated that a decision for 2012 programming will be made at this time.

(3) At this time the Government is not considering a model where the Government facilitates ongoing matching of unused office space into short term arts venues. Inclusion of unused shopfronts in future Centenary pilot programs will be made at the time of evaluation taking into consideration the success of that process from the perspective of the CBD retailers.

(4) The future, duration and timing of the You Are Here - URBANcITY pilot initiative will be considered as part of the evaluation process.

(5) You Are Here - URBANcITY was a curated program of activity to enliven the city centre in the period around Canberra’s 98th birthday. The ‘curated’ or artistic director/creative producer model works the same as with a number of other government funded institutions in the ACT - e.g. The Street Theatre, the Canberra Theatre Centre, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra or the Canberra International Music Festival, CMAG, Glassworks and Craft ACT, where a director or creative producer is engaged to make a selection of artists or programs to take part under those respective banners, and to create a rounded program from those invited or commissioned elements. This is intentionally a process of invitation rather than open access.

The following ACT arts groups and organisations were included in the Your Are Here - URBANcITY pilot program.

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