Lindy Hume: Changing Cultural Values in Regional Australia

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HIGHLIGHT EVENT: Opera, theatre and festival director Lindy Hume will present her paper ‘Restless Giant: Changing Cultural Values in Regional Australia’ in Bathurst on February 28 as part of the Currency House Platform Papers.

This free event will be held at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre

Tuesday February 28, 5pm

Lindy Hume is currently artistic director of Opera Queensland, was festival director for Sydney Festival (2010-2012) and is widely recognised as one of Australia’s top directors and artistic leaders.

Lindy Hume will be joined by a panel of performing arts innovators from regional NSW including Vic McEwan -Arts NSW Regional Arts Fellowship recipient, contemporary artist and director of the Cad Factory based in the NSW Riverina; Adam Deusien – a theatre director, founder of Lingua Franca and Arts NSW Regional Arts Fellowship recipient; and Kylie Webb Shead who is creative producer at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. The panel will discuss and debate ideas in Ms Hume’s paper.

“Alongside Lindy we’ve brought together a panel of people who are thinking and doing exciting, innovative things in the arts in regional NSW, who each have a perspective on the real opportunities for making great art outside metro areas,” Arts OutWest executive director Tracey Callinan said. “Whilst the focus of Platform Papers are specifically performing arts, Lindy Hume’s experience and essay is encompassing of all art forms and will be of interest to those across the arts and regional development sectors.”

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About ‘Restless Giant: Changing Cultural Values in Regional Australia’

Ms Hume’s persuasive and aspirational paper outlines the current Australian regional arts landscape and opens discussion on the possibility of creating a tantalizing opportunity for our regional and urban arts communities, namely, creating a truly integrated national arts landscape.

Lindy Hume, a longtime convert to country living, puts the case for better understanding between arts practitioners and authorities in the metropolitan and regional centres. Artists in the regions, she says, are seen in the city as ‘poor cousins’; but this view is badly mistaken and a lost opportunity. Through colourful portraits of artistic innovation in small towns and communities, Hume traces the rise of a more assertive, even radical state of mind. She discards the cosy qualities of backyard creativity described in Lyndon Terracini’s 2007 Platform Paper, A Regional State of Mind, seeing instead the stirrings of a restless giant: a rebellious counter-urban movement ready to make a profound impact on the national culture. As an artist living in regional NSW, she finds it an ideal place to develop new performance work, and argues that more flow and greater integration between the regional and metropolitan arts ecosystems could, over time, reshape Australia’s cultural identity.

Read Lindy Hume’s editorial in Arts Hub

Lindy Hume’s travel is made possible by the Seaborn Broughton Walford Foundation.