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Cultural Relations Summit

I will host a Summit in Adelaide on Wednesday 25 February 1998 with leading figures in Australian arts and culture to explore ways of enhancing the national effort in this area.

The Summit will be an opportunity to develop ideas and possibilities for Australian international cultural effort with representatives from major fields of Australian cultural endeavour, Federal and State governments, relevant business organisations and representative industry bodies.

The Summit will take place at the time of the Performing Arts Market in Adelaide and on the eve of the Adelaide Arts Festival.

In its recent White Paper on Australia's Foreign and Trade Policy the Government outlined the importance it attaches to expanding cultural exchanges with other countries.

Through its cultural relations program the Government helps to project a sense of contemporary Australia and its cultural achievements. The Government has an initiating and coordinating role in the staging of cultural promotions. It also looks to a greater involvement by the private sector in such promotions.

This is a joint effort in which the government is keen to encourage contributions by State Governments, educational and cultural bodies, businesses and non-government organisations.

Further information:

Innes Willox, 0411 414 695

Please Note: There will be a photo opportunity before the meeting at 9.00 am on Wednesday at Ayres House in Adelaide. Mr Downer will hold a press conference after the Summit at 2.45 pm at Ayres House.

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Cultural Relations Summit Meeting, Adelaide, 25 February 1998

Hosted by:

The Hon Alexander Downer MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Participant List

Ms Robyn Archer, Artistic Director, Adelaide Festival 1998/2000

Ms Jennifer Bott, General Manager, Musica Viva Australia

Mr Rob Brookman, Director, Arts Projects Australia

Mr Ian Cook, Chair, Ausheritage, Director, Artlab Australia

Mr David Cossey, Director, Gallerie Australis

Mr Carrillo Gantner, Chairman, Asialink

Mr Ken Groves, Events and Sponsorship Manager, QANTAS

Mr Andrew Guild, Director, Edgley International Pty Ltd

Mr Nick Heyward, General Manager, Adelaide Festival

Mr Antony Jeffrey, Arts Management Consultant

Dr Brian Kennedy, Director, National Gallery of Australia

Mr Michael Lynch, General Manager, Australia Council

Mr David Malouf, Author

Mr Donald McDonald AO, Chairman, ABC

Mr Ian McRae, General Manager, The Australian Ballet

Mr Graham McVean, Director, Corporate Development, Seven Network Ltd

Mr John Morse, Managing Director, Australian Tourist Commission

Mr Djon Mundine OAM, Senior Curator, Gallery of Aboriginal Australia, National Museum of Australia

Mr Tim O'Loughlin, Executive Director, Arts South Australia

Mr Duncan Ord, Dean, WA Academy of Performing Arts

Mr Barry Plews, Producer, Reckless Moments Pty Ltd

Mr Richard Pratt AO, Chairman, VISI Industries

Ms Cathy Robinson, Chief Executive, Australian Film Commission

Dr Margaret Seares, Chair, Australia Council

Dr Edward Tweddell, Group Managing Director/CEO, FH Faulding & Co Ltd