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Boost for our cultural exports.

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I am pleased to announce a series of major cultural promotions to project a contemporary image of Australia internationally and enhance exports of our cultural products through to the end of this decade.

A meeting of the Australia International Cultural Council (AICC) in Adelaide today agreed to the promotions to showcase the quality and diversity of our cultural exports in major trading markets.

In Singapore from May to September this year, oZmosis- a celebration of Australian arts and design will feature design, film, literature and performing arts with leading Australian designers, film-makers, musicians and writers in a dynamic and energetic program. oZmosis will build on the council’s successful promotion of Australian art and culture held in South East Asia last year to mark the 30th anniversary of our dialogue partnership with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

In Britain in July, a $1 million showcase of contemporary Australian Arts will be formally launched in London coinciding with Australian Ballet performances of the critically acclaimed Graeme Murphy choreographed Swan Lake. This two-year program has been developed and funded in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts. Our cultural links with the UK have been consistently strong and dynamic over several decades and this promotion, featuring performances by Australia’s leading companies in leading British venues and festivals, will reinforce these strong links. Australian film will also take centre stage with a touring program of the Australian Film Festival from London’s Barbican Centre.

Further promotions agreed by the council today will be held in France (2007), India (2006-07), in Malaysia (2007), the US (2008-09), Indonesia (2009) and China and Germany (both 2010).

The Australia International Cultural Council was established in 1998 to promote Australia and its cultural assets overseas. Since then, it has supported cultural programs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Festival in New York (2001), and the Shanghai International Festival of Arts in China (2002), a two-year season of Australian arts in Berlin (2002 and 2003) and a six-month program of events in Japan in 2003. It has also supported a touring package of Australian films, The Embassy Roadshow, which has travelled to over 70 countries.

Media inquiries: Andrew Park (Ministerial) 02 6277 7500 DFAT Media Liaison 02 6261 1555

Media releases and speeches are available from DFAT via the internet.

Australia International Cultural Council members : Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs (Chair); Senator Rod Kemp, Minister for the Arts and Sport ; Mr Paul Ah Chee, General Manager, Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre; Ms Robyn Archer, Artistic Director, Ten Days on the Island Festival; Ms Gillian Bird, Deputy Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Ms Jennifer Bott, Chief Executive Officer, Australia Council for the Arts; Ms Kate Brennan, Chief Executive Officer, Adelaide Festival Centre; Fr Arthur Bridge AM, Ars Musica Australia; Ms Jillian Broadbent AO, Consultant; Mr Michael Chugg AM, Managing Director, Michael Chugg Entertainment; Mr Kim Dalton, Chief Executive, Australian Film Commission; Mr Patrick Gallagher, Managing and Publishing Director, Allen & Unwin; Mr Doug Hall, Director, Queensland Art Gallery; Mr Donald McDonald AO, Chairman, Australian Broadcasting Corporation; Mr Ian McRae, Consultant; Mr Scott Morrison, Managing Director, Tourism Australia; Ms Di Robinson, General Manager, Exporter Development Austrade; Mr Andrew Sayers, Director, National Portrait Gallery; Mr Ken Smith, Director General, Education and Arts Queensland and Chair, Standing Committee

of the Cultural Ministers Council; Dr Alan Stretton, Deputy Secretary, Arts and Sport, Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.