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4 June 2018

This year’s Creative State Summit, 14-15 June at Melbourne Museum, will be delving into dangerous ideas through the Forum Rounds sessions, a series of open discussions facilitated by industry provocateurs.

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These sessions will encourage bold debate and discussion on thought-provoking ideas. Hear from industry speakers and come prepared with your own takes on these hot topics:

Freedom of artistic expression – how far is too far?
Simon Abrahams – Director, Fringe Festival
Juanita Pope – Director of Not-for-profit Law, Justice Connect
A forum on the boundaries and limits associated with freedom of artistic expression.

The creative industries: using our power for good and not evil

Kath Duncan – Research Associate/Chairperson, Melbourne University/Arts Access Victoria ARC Linkage research project
Veronica Pardo – Executive Director, Arts Access Victoria
A forum on facing up to individual privilege/s and actively subverting exclusionary behaviour in the arts.

Fact or furphy? Considering the likelihood of arts and culture leading economic renewal in regional Victoria.
Dr Rebecca Coates – Director, Shepparton Art Museum
Jason Smith – Director, Geelong Art Gallery
Ros Abercrombie – Creative Producer, Artlands
A forum on what we need to ensure that regional arts and cultural projects succeed in delivering jobs, growth, engagement, civic pride and prosperity.

Enough already! Do we need more art?
Jamie Lewis – Artist & Communications Manager, Theatre Network Australia
Dr Anne Kershaw – Senior Lecturer in Arts & Cultural Management, Department of Management - Deakin University
A forum on what constitutes too much art in a ‘creative state’ with only 6 million people.

Do we want to be a 24-hour city?
Michael Rodrigues – CEO, TimeOut (Australia)
Lauren O'Dwyer – Senior Advisor, Arts Centre Melbourne
A forum on the impacts and benefits of Melbourne striving to be a global 24-hour city.

Centred on the theme ‘Creativity in a post truth world’, this year’s Summit will explore how creativity can help influence and shape public debate, the role of the artist or creative practitioner as an activist and game changer, and how creativity can respond to challenging issues and uncertain times.

The Summit program features local and international speakers, practical workshops for professional development, and a focus on creative entrepreneurship through a series of case studies.

International speakers include Ghost and Jenkins from HK Urbex; Aaron Foley, Detroit’s Storyteller in Residence; Australian-born, UK-based actor, dancer and disability campaigner Kiruna Stamell; Museum Hack Founder, Nick Gray; and Creative Director of Google Creative Lab, Tea Uglow.

The Summit is an initiative of the Victorian Government’s Creative State strategy.

Tickets for the Summit have sold out, but the event will be live streamed on the summit website