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(1) The Centenary of Canberra celebration will be rich with Indigenous cultural content which will feature in the months of February and July 2013. An Indigenous Program Producer has been appointed to manage the development and contracting of this important element of the Centenary program.

The Indigenous Cultural Program will include both local and national content. Local Indigenous artists will have a range of opportunities to engage in the program which will be initiated by the Indigenous Program Producer over the coming months.

(2) Local Indigenous arts and history will be one of the many elements of the Centenary Indigenous Program. The full Centenary of Canberra program will be announced in September 2012 once development and contracting has been finalised.

(3) The Centenary of Canberra program will include a range of arts initiatives for the community, including Indigenous and youth participants. Some of these details are available in the Centenary of Canberra Preview document that was launched in March 2012. Examples include:

Selling Yarns 3: weaving the nation’s story, Produced by CraftACT, this conference, workshop, market day and exhibition program promoting local and interstate Indigenous textile artists aims to bring Indigenous practitioners together to exchange stories, transfer knowledge and to engage with each other, visitors and the local community;

QL2 Dance Hit the Floor Together, a full length dance collaboration of young people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. This new work will be developed by professional choreographers with approximately 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people (aged 15-26) from Canberra and region plus an equal number of experienced Indigenous visiting dancers from National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College and the Australian Company of Performing Arts (ACPA); and,

Exhibitions, residencies, showcases and talks are also being developed by ACT institutions such as the Canberra Glassworks and the Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG).

Full details of the full Indigenous program will be available in September 2012.

(4) With relation to funding, the Community Centenary Initiatives Fund was established to support community development of a range of celebratory activities, initiatives and programs that deliver upon the vision and goals of the Centenary. Successful applications are being announced progressively. ACT Heritage and ArtsACT grants programs are also open at this time and encourage applications that celebrate the Centenary.

The program being developed by the Centenary of Canberra team is participation focussed and will include opportunities for workshops and master classes.

Labor Party—meetings
(Question No 2145)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 22 March 2012:

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