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Cultural identity

  Introduction

It could be said that Australia's identity as a vibrant multicultural society has much to do with marketing a new country to the world. As a new country, Australia suffers from the tensions of an emerging identity that tries to integrate multiple cultural perspectives and indigenous cultural rights into an essentially white Anglo-Saxon cultural paradigm.

Community-based arts and cultural programs are a valuable way of exploring identity and developing a language of exchange that can be used to foster diversity and harmony within and between cultures.

Double happiness project

Double happiness project


  Indigenous cultures

Australia's many indigenous peoples have suffered gross injustices and are engaged in continuing processes of land rights reform, cultural heritage protection and policy development that are intrinsically bound with issues of reconciliation and social justice issues.

The Aboriginal cultural heritage is diverse and deep and rich with relationships to land, and has many lessons to teach, but is subject to ‘national' appropriations and cultural misconduct. Aboriginal culture is also undergoing an immense identity shift, as urban living and new cultural influences shape future generations of Aboriginal men and women in Australia.

Ccd models of working together with Aboriginal communities may help to develop ways of preserving the traditional ways, and finding new ways of living healthy and harmonious lives.

Project examples

Aboriginal City Life Photographic Project

Hyper – Port Youth Theatre

Articles


Artwork 57
SLOW TUCKER, LONG YARN
Tom E Lewis and Jayne Nankivell tell us the story of a project which involved six communities in the development of their own communities health in the Katherine region, Northern Territory.
Artwork 54

GIVE NATURE A CHANCE
Through his experience working with regional communities, more recently in Western Australia with the SALT project, Lockie MacDonald explores the issues involved with working with regional communities and what is or is not left behind.

WHERE THERE'S SMOKE…
Nat Trimarchi reports on a South Sea Islander community in Regional Far North Queensland, the community cultural development process and its link to cultural tourism and sustainability.

PROFILE: PETER CALLINAN
Barbara McCarthy interviews Peter Callinan Project Officer from Barkly Regional Arts, Northern Territory.

DARNLEY ISLAND, PART OF THE TORRES STRAIT MOSAIC
Lynnette Griffiths & Diann Lui give an overview of Torres Straight Island culture and regional identities.

Artwork 53

THE RIGHT ROAD?
Annamarie Reyes interviews participants of the Road Project in Sydney revealing difficulties, untold stories, and further developments.

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  Cross-cultural exchange

Australia is rich with a complex migrant history. Interaction between cultures is the place of confrontation and change, and ccd programs and projects can provide positive frameworks in which to explore the dynamics of exchange. Cross-cultural exchange might include looking at values and shared meanings, finding common ground, examining changing identity and finding new ways to share and develop. Cross-cultural work is about using tensions to inform positive change, and pro-actively working towards change by setting up spaces for cultural dialogue exchange.

Project examples

Cooking stories – the vital ingredient (refugees)

NESB Youth Hip Hop Project

Articles

Artwork 54

THE ARTS, THE REGIONS AND THE ECONOMY
Donald Horne presents an analysis of the political and cultural national context in which artists and artsworkers work regionally.

THE MAIN GAME: CCD IN TASMANIA
Michael McLaughlinprovides an insight into community cultural development activity in Tasmania.

CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT
Jon Hawkes explores how culture affects and relates to human activity and policy realms and what are the essential ingredients for keeping arts and culture on the public planning agenda.

A FERTILE PRODUCT - AN OUTSIDER'S VIEW
Focusing on the final visual works from the Victorian project '...such fertile ground...', Julie Shiels discusses a range of issues which relate to artistic outcome, public art and representation of communities.

GIVE NATURE A CHANCE
Through his experience working with regional communities, more recently in Western Australia with the SALT project, Lockie MacDonald explores the issues involved with working with regional communities and what is or is not left behind.

THE STATE OF PLAY, THE PLAY OF STATES
Narelle Vogel, explores the cultural and political issues that arise in Albury Wodonga, a community which straddles state borders, and the community cultural development framework for activity.

RIVERS OF CHANGE
Alex Reid's, interview with Danyon De Buell, Country Arts SA's Arts Development Manager for the Riverland-Mallee region, discusses multiculturalism and community cultural development in the region.

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  International partnerships

Australian through international cultural exchange programs are largely funded through Australia's federal arts funding body, the Australia Council for the Arts, and may take the form of cultural exchange, a residency, as audience development, research and training, and promotion.

Australian artsworkers that take advantage of overseas placement and development opportunities are in a position to bring back their knowledge to Australian communities and extend the practice of ccd in this country. In turn, Australia's ccd practice is widely regarded in other countries as being innovative. Interesting dialogue emerges where approaches may be clearly aligned but terminologies differ: ccd is a term not widely used internationally, but an understanding of the underlying principles are common to all countries.

Of particular interest is the work of indigenous peoples overseas; their models and processes may have much to teach us as we grapple with issues of reconciliation and justice.

Project examples

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Articles



Artwork 56

BLOW THE CUPBOARD DOOR OPEN
Lockie McDonald on the frustration and joy of international exchange

FINDING YOURSELF WITH THE OTHER
Graham Pitts travels back and forth between Melbourne and East Timor

ENCUENTROS DEL CAMBIO - ENCOUNTERS OF CHANGE/EXCHANGE
Georgie Davill returns to the source of Peru

THE ITALIAN CONNECTION
Elio Gatti - A personal homecoming for Elio Gatti

INDIAN HOME COOKED DINER AND THE CCD CUISINE
Mantej Singh explores culture for development pratice in India, examines some Indian/Australian projects

FROM DIY TO NY - LOOKING FOR CCD
Paula Johnson writes about her experiences in a community off the Kenyan coast and chats to Andy Miller about his exchange in the Big Apple

WHERE ON EARTH ARE WE? INTERCULTURAL EXCHANGE AND POPULAR THEATRE
A report on UTS Popular Theatre Summer School by Michael McLaughlin

SHIP OF FOOLS
Lisa Beilby examines the relationships between three theatre companies from Queensland, Chile and Kiribati

Artwork 53

HIP HOP DOWN UNDER - SKETCHES OF A LONDON/SYDNEY HIP HOP EXCHANGE
Vicky Sentas talks to the participants of Out and About, a fruitful London/Sydney hip hop exchange.

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  Find out more…

Kulturanet
http://kulturanet.connectingspace.net/
An online database designed for artists and arts organisations from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Australia. This database is a resource for information and contact with multicultural and indigenous artists, artsworkers and community organisations nationally.

Black Pages
www.blackpages.com.au/
Black Pages is a national Indigenous business and community services directory aimed at providing quick and easy access to on-line services available within Indigenous affairs. Includes a directory search engine, smart links and books and music with some funky animation and design.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs, UTS, Faculty of Education
www.education.uts.edu.au/atsi/
Running block release programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people interested in adult education, and program and community development.

Blackout Australian Indigenous New Media Arts Website
www.anat.org.au/nisnma/blackout/
Blackout is a website dedicated to Australian Indigenous new media arts practitioners. blackout is an online space featuring profiles of indigenous new media arts practitioners, a gallery of works and an extensive list of Indigenous and arts related links. Artists featured include Fiona Foley, Jenny Fraser, William Ah Chee, Mimicry and dozens more. The site also features links to current online articles on blackout's artists, as well as other Indigenous and new media related news.

The Communication Initiative
www.comminit.com/
A partnership of development organisations seeking to support advances in the effectiveness and scale of communication interventions for positive international development. The CI strategy includes providing real-time information on communication and development experiences and thinking, facilitating horizontal linkages between people engaged in communication action, offering peer commentary on programmes and strategies, and taking opportunities to promote strategic thinking on communication and development issues and problems.

IFACCA - International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies
www.ifacca.org/ifacca2/en/default.asp
The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), the first global network of national arts funding bodies. Inaugurated in December 2000, our mission is to create an international resource and meeting ground for all those whose public responsibility it is to support excellence and diversity in artistic endeavour.


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