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(1) The Canberra Theatre Centre (the Centre) provides a range of support for the multicultural community in the ACT, including Indigenous communities. This support includes programming theatre shows of particular interest to these communities, participating in community engagement projects, and working with communities to bring multicultural events to Civic Square.

The Centre has been recognised by the Australia Council as one of the top 12 presenters of First Nations performing arts programming in the country.

(2) (a) In 2016-17 the Centre worked with Events ACT, the Multicultural Society (Community Participation Group), various Indian organisations of Canberra, Indian media and the High Commission of India to initiate, plan and stage the first Confluence Festival of India in 2016. A mini Indian Festival with food stalls and Bollywood dancing was held on the Centre’s forecourt during the opening night of Confluence 2016. During the year, the Centre also featured productions from Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Ilbijerri Theatre Company, and provided mentoring to young women from the Gugan Gulwan Aboriginal Corporation through Project O, a community engagement project. Further details are provided on pages 24 and 41-3 of the Cultural Facilities Corporation’s 2016-17 Annual Report.

(2) (b) In 2017-18 the Centre worked with the organisers of local festivals and events, such as the National Multicultural Festival 2018, Diwali and the Moon Cake Festival to bring a variety of multicultural events to Civic Square. During the year, the Centre also worked with Reconciliation Australia, to present the inaugural Reconciliation Day Eve concert, which featured Archie Roach, Tiddas and Briggs amongst others. The national launch event for Reconciliation Week was hosted at the Centre. Further details on these and other multicultural initiatives are provided on pages 26 and 49-50 of the Cultural Facilities Corporation’s 2017-18 Annual Report.

(3) (a) and (b) The Centre will continue to support multicultural events and groups in 2018-19 and 2019-20 and will engage in ongoing collaborations with multicultural communities. The Centre’s 2019 Subscription Season includes three shows of particular interest to multicultural communities: Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 30th Anniversary Season; Belvoir Theatre’s Barbara and the Camp Dogs, an Indigenous rock musical; and Sydney Theatre Company’s How to Rule the World, a satire by award-winning playwright Nakkiah Liu.

Children and young people—abuse
(Question No 2041)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Children, Youth and Families, upon notice, on 2 November 2018:

(1) Did the ACT Government, on 21 March 2018, agree to work with “nationally recognised and accredited organisations, such as Bravehearts and Child Wise” to make sure that information packets provided to parents and caregivers relating to recognising and responding to concerns of child abuse contain correct and appropriate information, and also reflect best practice; if so, since March 2018, how has the ACT Government engaged with the (a) Bravehearts and (b) Child Wise to progress work in revising, improving and updating such resources.

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