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Oz Fest India: Australian ingenuity for exhibition in India



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Oz Fest India: Australian ingenuity for exhibition in India

06 November 2012 SC206/2012

Arts Minister Simon Crean yesterday opened a new exhibition developed using ingenuity and expertise from Museum Victoria in Melbourne at the new Kaladham Museum in Southern India.

"The Place-Hampi exhibition is part of the biggest cultural festival Australia has ever brought to IndiaOz Fest: Australia Unlimited," Mr Crean said.

"This is a stunning exhibition developed by Museum Victoria in partnership with counterparts in India merging art, heritage and technology in a magnificent immersive 3D display about an ancient World Heritage Listed archaeological site at Hampi.

"I'm sure the 360-degree, 3D panoramic visual and surround-sound display, originally shown at Melbourne's Immigration Museum, will be a standout feature of the new heritage and tourism precinct in Karnataka State."

Mr Crean said the exhibition highlights the important role cultural diplomacy and exchange plays in strengthening Australia's engagement with Asian countries.

"Arts and culture are the essence of our identity and how we understand each other people-to-people, country-to-country and region-to-region," Mr Crean said.

"Through Oz Fest, which is currently on in India, Australia's creative industries are forming part of a whole-of-government advocacy and public diplomacy strategy," he said.

"The Australian Government's Australia in the Asian Century White Paper sets a clear objective for cultural diplomacy and exchange to drive stronger, deeper and broader engagement with Asian nations.

"Over the next five years, 12,000 Australia Awards (Asian Century) will be provided to undertake inward and outward study or professional development between Australia and nations in Asia.

"The people-to-people links forged through arts and culture can open up new business, training and market opportunities and are an integral part of strengthening political and trade relationships."

Further information about the Place-Hampi exhibition can be found at http://place-hampi.museum/ and Oz Fest at http://ozfestindia.com/.

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