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SENATOR THE HON ROD KEMP Minister for the Arts and Sport

Media Release

OZeCULTURE-Taking the next step

The Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, welcomed the second annual OzeCulture Conference which opened today at City Recital Hall, Angel Place, in Sydney.

'OZeCulture 2002: Taking the next step brings together arts and cultural organisations, artists, webservice and information technology companies, government agencies and education bodies to discuss the latest about online culture, new media and eBusiness at a national level,' Senator Kemp said.

'The focus over the next two days will be on the opportunities created by the Internet and digital media for arts production and the operation of cultural organisations.

'Technological change is not only affecting the way we create and express our culture-it is influencing how we deliver it to our audiences and this conference is an opportunity to explore these issues.'

The conference will feature a line-up of international and domestic speakers including Keynote Speaker, Professor Bruce Royan, Chief Executive of the Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network-who has more than 30 years experience in the field of digital cultural and information services.

Other major sessions include:

The Rights Stuff-digital rights management ● Digital Hybrids-trends in new media art ● Paying Your Way-digital content and industry development ●

'The conference will provide an opportunity for the cultural sector to learn from each other how to adapt, control and exploit the digital potential,' Senator Kemp said.

OZeCulture 2002 will also feature a trade fair showcasing products and services suitable for cultural organisations working with the Web, and screenings of work by digital media student artists from the School of Media Arts at the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts.

The conference is administered by the Commonwealth Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. Further information on sessions and speakers is available

online at: www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/conference or by emailing ozeculture@dcita.gov.au.

LOCATION 29 May 2002 Media contact: Richard Wise, 02 6277 7350 or 0438 204 554

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