Engaging more Victorians in cultural and creative endeavour 

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White Day Dream, Weave Movement Theatre directed by Yumi Umiumare supported by Creative Victoria's VicArts Grants program. Photo: Paul Dunn

The principle of universal access underpins this strategy and the government's aspirations for Victoria's creative and cultural life. 

All Victorians have the right to a creative and culturally fulfilling life and the opportunity to reap the benefits of participating in a vibrant culture, of living in a vibrant area and enjoying a wide array of inspiring experiences. 

Regardless of cultural background, age, gender or ability, regardless of where they live or what they earn, all Victorians are entitled to see themselves reflected in our cultural life – on our screens and stages, in our music, literature and art. 

All Victorians should have opportunities to shape our creative identity and creative industries, be it as artists, technicians, administrators, board members and industry leaders or as audiences and active community participants. 

Victoria already has a multitude of cultural venues and facilities across the state, and a full calendar of festivals of all sizes and types throughout many metropolitan and regional areas. But there is work to be done to make these accessible to all, to build audiences and deepen engagement, to deliver opportunities for employment and economic development, and to ensure that opportunities to participate in the creative industries are maximised across the state. 

Local governments are among the state's biggest supporters of arts and culture and play a critical role in building access to, and increasing participation in, cultural and creative activities. We will strengthen our partnerships with local government to deliver significant economic, social and cultural outcomes for all Victorians. 

The rollout of the Victorian Government's 2015 $20 million regional arts package is building the capacity of regional galleries and performing arts centres, stimulating more, and more ambitious, regional touring and increasing and diversifying community participation. 

New actions under Creative State, worth $32.15 million over four years, are improving access to, and participation in, cultural activities, increasing availability of cultural experiences across the state, and promoting accessibility and diversity in employment and the production and consumption of arts and culture. 

Learn about the progress of Creative State Actions 20-28 to see how we are increasing opportunities for Victorians to access and participate in quality creative opportunities and experiences across the state.

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