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Shaping the future : Arts and culture in the Northern Territory



Shaping the future : Arts and culture in the Northern Territory

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Discussion paper

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Northern Territory. Department of Arts and Museums


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Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; Shaping The Future: Arts and Culture in the Northern Territory Discussion Paper invites you to provide feedback and join in the discussion on the key issues and themes to inform an Arts and Cultural Policy for the Northern Territory. The Policy will set out the vision and principles for the future development of arts and culture for our social, cultural and economic benefit. Closing date for submissions is Friday 6 November 2015.


Closing date for submissions is Friday 6 November 2015.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Table of contents

Minister's foreword -- How to give feedback -- Issues for discussion -- Introduction -- Context for an arts and cultural policy -- Issues for discussion -- Feedback -- Appendix 1.




Arts -- Northern Territory; Northern Territory -- Cultural policy; Arts and society -- Northern Territory; Arts and state -- Northern Territory

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Northern Territory Government

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19 pages : colour illustrations ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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http://hdl.handle.net/10070/267930 [Submission by the Australian Institute of Architects (NT) in response to Shaping the Future]

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7 In particular, the Framing the Future strategy emphasises four main themes: Prosperous Economy, Strong Society, Confident Culture, and Balanced Environment. Confident Culture is expressed as: a culture that is proud and confident of the Territory and values and celebrates the diversity of people of all backgrounds, language groups, ages, genders and religions; a culture that supports significant occasions and events; and a culture that focuses on a healthy, active and enjoyable lifestyle taking advantage of the unique features the Territory offers. Reflecting this, an ACP for the Northern Territory should include a clear and strong statement and principles about the importance and centrality of arts and culture to the lives of Territorians and the intrinsic value of artistic, creative and cultural expression for each individual. The arts should be championed first because of their intrinsic value for each individual and then also for the social and economic benefits the arts contributes to our community. To reinforce this the ACP should also emphasise a whole-of-Government approach to arts and cultural development, and recognise and respect the role and value of the artist. Objectives and priorities that have been identified in Framing the Future include: developing and showcasing the arts and strengthening cultural institutions; supporting signature arts and cultural events; supporting community access and participation in arts and cultural priorities across the Territory; and raising the profile and understanding of the value of arts and culture to the Territory. Darwin Festival 2014 - The Lighthouse Festival Park, photo by Elise Derwin

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