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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 10 May 2018) . . Page.. 1919 ..


A number of local Canberra arts organisations are building stronger relationships with their counterparts overseas, particularly in Wellington. A number of ACT Government funded arts organisations are forming relationships with their counterparts in Wellington, including Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra Youth Theatre, Screen Canberra.

artsACT is exploring opportunities for future collaboration with a number of arts organisations in Wellington including: City Arts and Events Team at Wellington City Council, Toi Pōneke Arts Centre, and City Gallery.

Discussions have taken place with the World of Wearable Art and the NZ Festival about possible joint activity and reciprocal activity. The Royal New Zealand Ballet has expressed an interest in working with and performing in Canberra. Future activities based around Floriade and Nightfest are being explored.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Screen Wellington and Screen Canberra has been signed to see the screen industries in both cities working together to build the industry in both cities. During CWW March 2017 Screen Canberra conducted an intensive script preparation course in conjunction with Screen Wellington and the New Zealand Film Commission. Continuous information exchange has been untaken between the two organisations.

With the CIE, Screen Canberra and Screen Wellington have been in discussion with interested parties in Singapore concerning future joint screen activity. The organisations have had joint discussions with the film industries in Singapore and Los Angles, with a view to coproduction screen activity.

Discussion with Te Papa Museum and their cultural incubator Mahuki have occurred.

Clause 2: Partnerships that facilitate tourism promotion, marketing and product development.

Both cities have been conducting promotions to grow the tourism market through activities like CWW and CC, business to business activity as well as tourism operators familiarisation programs.

EnterpriseCanberra is working with the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) on how best to promote both regions to each other. Visit Canberra and the CIE have had discussions with various tourism operators, the hospitality sector and the Wellington Airport concerning new opportunities.

The ACT Government and the WCC are looking at options to re-establish the direct flights between Canberra and Wellington.

Clause 3: Collaboration and knowledge sharing about urban renewal and sustainable growth

Collaboration and knowledge sharing about urban renewal and sustainable growth has occurred in areas such as transport, housing, municipal services, smart cities, liveability, the environment and economic development. This has occurred through government to government meetings both at elected representatives and at official level, forums and site visits.


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