by Peter Tregear
PUBLISHED 1st FEBRUARY
Platform Paper 38
PETER TREGEAR is a prize-winning performer, author and music academic. A doctoral graduate of King’s College Cambridge, he has held teaching positions in both the UK and Australia. In July 2012 he was appointed Head of School and Professor of Music at the School of Music of the Australian National University.
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FINDING A PLACE ON THE ASIAN STAGE
Alison Carroll and Carrillo Gantner
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‘Should we care more than we do about our neighbours in the Asian region?’ ask our authors, who have spent a lifetime in such engagement. This has been called the Asian century and Australia is being offered unique opportunities. But too few of us in the arts have experience, let alone in-depth knowledge, cultural fluency or competency in any Asian language. More should be made of those Australian artists who live and work in China, Japan, India and Indonesia, as well as the companies that tour with Asialink. In the past, connections made through Foreign Affairs and the Australia Council have been subject to the changing policies of successive governments, and subservient to trade promotions and the overriding need for financial return. The authors outline the way public funding has reflected trade policy over cultural policy, proposes a plan for a new direction and points to the benefits we are already earning by getting to know our neighbours better.
ALISON CARROLL was founding director of Asialink Arts 1991–2010. She has initiated residency programs for Australian artists in Asia, managed countless exhibitions and events in Asian countries, and negotiated performing arts and dance exchange programs with Japan and Indonesia.
CARRILLO GANTNER, AO has brought many Asian performing arts companies to Australia. He has served as cultural counselor at the Australian Embassy in Beijing and on a diversity of public bodies on Australia-Asia relations; and has held many other positions in Australian and international public life.
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