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Creative tropical city : mapping Darwin's creative industries



Creative tropical city : mapping Darwin's creative industries

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Tess Lea ...[et al.]


Lea, Tess; Charles Darwin University. School for Social and Policy Research; Australian Research Council; Darwin (N.T.). Council; Tourism NT


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"The research project's three stated aims are: 1. to determine the nature, extent and change over time of the creative industries in Darwin; 2. to interrogate the applicability of national and international creative industry policy frameworks to Darwin; 3. to identify opportunities for transformation in the creative industries in Darwin."..tp.




Creative ability in business -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Entrepreneurship -- Northern Territory --Darwin; Success in business -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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46 pages : colour illustrations, maps (chiefly colour), portraits. ; 30 cm.

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27 The Happy Yess Community Arts venue is a key creative place for CI practitioners. Housed in a small building on Bennett Street in the CBD, the venue has operated on short-term leases due to planned redevelopment of the site and hence demolition of the current building. The threat to its existence and the potential real loss to the creative community, especially to that of original music, but also as an art space and networking hub, was a real concern to many. Happy Yess grew from the needs and desires of local musicians to have a live venue that specialised in original music. Open three nights a week, the venue is recognised as the place to see original music. It operates as a non-profit organisation. As manager Zeb Olsen said, Happy Yess is the only place exclusively dedicated to original music in Darwin. Before Happy Yess there had been nothing like it for a long time, and if something happens to the venue there will be nothing, so its really important. Were under pressure because were still a fledgling organisation that relies a lot on volunteers. We dont have much money but we all feel that its really, really important, a cultural thing that we need to keep supporting.

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