26 October 2015
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley is leading a high-level Victorian creative industries delegation to China to pursue partnership, cultural exchange, investment and export opportunities for the state's arts, screen, design, tertiary education and digital games sectors.
The official visit – from Friday 23-Friday 30 October – follows the recent signing of a Cultural Partnership Agreement between the Victorian Government and the People's Republic of China. The Agreement opens the doors for Victoria's cultural and creative industries to forge new opportunities with Australia's biggest trading partner.
Commencing in Hong Kong, the Minister will visit the PMQ design hub and M+, a major new museum for contemporary visual culture, covering art, design, architecture and the moving image, currently under construction in the Kowloon Cultural Precinct.
Other highlights will include visits to Tongji University in Shanghai, home to one of the country's most prestigious design and innovation schools, and China's Game Developer's Conference and Independent Games Federation Awards, which this year recognise two Victorian nominees.
The Minister will meet with a wide range of government, industry and cultural organisations, including the Ministry of Culture, the Beijing Industrial Design Centre, Chinese film and animation production companies, and the Palace Museum, which earlier this year successfully staged its first Australian exhibition in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria.
The delegation will also attend The Australian Ballet's performance of Cinderella as part of the Shanghai International Arts Festival.
Joining Minister Foley on the visit are Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV; Tim Hart, Director Public Engagement, Museum Victoria; Claire Spencer, CEO, Arts Centre Melbourne; Katrina Sedgwick, CEO, ACMI; Matthew Lutton, Artistic Director, Malthouse Theatre; Simon Joslin, Board Member of the Game Developers Association of Australia; Prof Scott Thompson-Whiteside, Dean, School of Design, Swinburne University; and Jenni Tosi, CEO, Film Victoria. The visit is supported by Victoria's Commissioner to China, Tim Dillon.
Victorian cultural and creative organisations, large and small, have a strong track record of collaboration with China. Examples include Arts Centre Melbourne's long-running Kenneth Myer Asian Theatre Series and Malthouse Theatre's work with leading Chinese theatre directors Meng Jinghui and Wang Chong.