CDN News - April, 2013


» 1. From the office
» 2. Professional development
» 3. Conferences and forums
» 4. Events
» 5. Positions Vacant
» 6. Exhibitions
» 7. Programs
» 8. Opportunities
» 9. Funding
» 10. Resources and Publications

From the office

Dear colleagues, 

Cultural Forum Update. The announcement of the National Cultural Policy, Creative Australia,  on 13 March, acknowledged the establishment of the National Local Government Cultural Forum and its role within the three spheres of government. Discussions are progressing leading up to the Cultural Forum meeting on June 19 in Canberra. This meeting is timely given the new policy and for up-to-date Cultural Forum information please visit the CDN website which now has a dedicated page:  

Art Central. Cultural Development Network, Central Goldfields Shire, Global Cities Research Institute, RMIT University and the Australia Council for the Arts, Community Partnerships commenced a three-year Creative Communities Partnership Initiative (CCPI) in the Victorian Central Goldfields Shire this month and will run through to 2015.  Art Central  is a shire-wide arts mentorship program that will bring together professional artists from the region into a residency with the local arts community and connect the education, recreation, small business and health sectors. Read more.

People and the Planet Conference. The Global Cities Research Institute (RMIT University) and the UN Global Compact Cities Programme present the ‘2013 People and the Planet: Transforming the Future’ academic conference, to be held at RMIT University in July. The Cultural Development Network is pleased to be partnering with conference organisers to convene the stream on cultural sustainability.  We invite your participation in exploring the relationship of culture and sustainability. See details below.

Research Program Manager, Kim Dunphy, returns soon from her work with Many Hands in Timor-Leste. Since 2010, Many Hands has hosted or collaborated on a range of projects that promote and support development of and through culture.  The main project has been the establishment of a Centre for Traditional and Contemporary Arts and Culture in the regional town of Lospalos on the eastern end of Timor-Leste.   Read about Many Hand's major activities for 2013.

Regards from the CDN team: John Smithies, Kim Dunphy and Lyndall Metzke.
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Publications from 'Making Culture Count' Conference: book and journal developments
Following our successful Making Culture Count conference in May last year, CDN and colleagues from the Centre for Cultural Partnerships, Faculty of the VCA & MCM, University of Melbourne have been working to produce resources from all those interesting presentations.   Our invitation for chapter proposals for a book, 'Making Culture Count: the Politics of Cultural Measurement',  late last year was very positive.  Almost 80 proposals were received from authors in 18 countries, of which 22 were selected as best fit for the book.  The editorial team is now in the process of negotiating a publishing arrangement with a well-established international company.  Because the quality of proposals received was so high and the diversity of topics very interesting, the editorial team decided to create a second resource. This will provide the opportunity for more of the proposals to be published. We are pleased to be collaborating with Dr. Kate McNeil from the University of Melbourne's Arts Management Program, editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management, to create a special edition of the journal.  While the book will be strongly focused on theoretical work, the journal will feature articles with a more applied focus.  Many will provide case studies or location-specific discussions on the issues of cultural measurement.  The editors are grateful to all of the authors who submitted their work for consideration. Other resources from Making Culture Count conference are currently available on CDN's website, including the Conference Report and a series of papers from authors who kindly made their work available soon after the conference.

New cultural value blog.
A positive development following the Making Culture Count conference was the establishment by our keynote speaker Associate Professor Eleonora Belfiore from Warwick University, UK, of a blog about cultural value.
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Creative Australia
The Federal Government's National Cultural Policy, Creative Australia, was released yesterday. It celebrates Australia’s strong, diverse and inclusive culture. It describes the essential role arts and culture play in the life of every Australian and how creativity is central to Australia’s economic and social success: a creative nation is a productive nation. Read more.

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Professional Development: Networks, Workshops, Courses

Municipal Association of Victoria
Engaging Culturally Diverse Communities in Arts and Culture in your Community 

Tuesday, 23 April 2013, 2-4pm
MAV, Level 11, 60 Collins Street, Melbourne
MAV is convening an information session on how councils can more effectively engage CALD artists and communities in their municipal festivals, citizenship ceremonies, arts and culture programs.  The session will provide insight into the workings of Multicultural Arts Victoria’s “Emerge Cultural Network” program - an innovative community cultural development platform which provides pathways into the arts for newly arrived refugee and CALD communities across Victoria. Register online: (Places are limited to local government officers.)
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Cultural and Community Partnerships, Faculty of the VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne
Social Practice in the Arts, practice-as-research seminars.

Selected Tuesdays 3pm-5pm
Art Auditorium, School of Art, Dodds Street, Southbank
Focusing on the growing prevalence and resonance of 'social practice across the arts and community art. These sessions are aimed at MFA, PhD and other researchers who have an interest in participatory recreational and socially-engaged practices. Upcoming presenters: 23rd April - Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, 7th May - Mick Douglas and 21st May - Michelle Duffy.
Enquiries: Dr James Oliver, Information.
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RMIT University
Drawing Out - an international symposium on drawing and writing

17–18 April, 2013, 
RMIT Design Hub, Corner of Victoria Street & Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
This two day super-symposium brings together international artists and writers from diverse disciplines to consider the relationship between drawing and writing within a series of dynamic and thought provoking presentations and provocations. Information:

Business and Law Deakin University Arts Management
The Arts Participator Incubator. The Feral Abacus
The who, how and what of evaluating arts audiences?

Fri 19th Apr 2013 at 9:30am until 1:00pm $40 includes lunch
Deakin City Centre Campus, Melbourne City Centre Level 3, 550 Bourke Street Melbourne 
This half day seminar is directed to arts/cultural managers and individual artists who want to explore the range of ways arts organisations and projects can evaluate the impact and value of the arts on audiences and communities.

2013 Makhampom Study Tour in Chiang Dao in northern Thailand from June 21 to July 8, 2013
Participants for 2013 include members of the Theatre for Transformation project in Thailand, the Shan Educational Theatre Association in Burma, the Phare Ponleu Selpak circus/theatre program in Cambodia, the Community Development Project in China, and Theatre Media students from Charles Sturt University in Australia. Join the Tour: Information.

Bite the Big Apple! New York Arts & Cultural Management Tour™, 7 to 11 October 2013
A unique professional development opportunity for Australian arts professionals. Link with New York’s arts leaders while experiencing one of the world’s most dynamic arts and culturally diverse cities! Be part of this extraordinary program! Enquiries:;

Swinburne University of Technology
Graduate Diploma of Management, Leadership, Governance and Strategy

The MAV and Swinburne University of Technology offer the opportunity for those working in local government as officers or as councillors to take up a Graduate Diploma in Management through the University. The Swinburne Graduate Diploma in Management is a part-time program conducted at the MAV offices in Melbourne. This 2.5 year program is being offered again, commencing on 10 May 2013. The subjects have been chosen to maximise opportunities to complete the study whilst taking advantage of the real life sectoral experiences  that inform the practical and assignment requirements of the program. Information Enquiries: Patricia Kimtia:
Prioletti Consultants
Cross Cultural Awareness and Communication
Wed 22nd May, 2013, 01:00pm - 04:00pm, Wheelers Hill Library Meeting Room - $110.00 per person (incl. GST)
This course provides an excellent overview to understanding & communicating with people from cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Information.

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Conferences and Forums

‘People and the Planet 2013: Transforming the Future’ - A Global Conference 
The Global Cities Research Institute (RMIT) and the UN Global Compact Cities Programme present the ‘2013 People and the Planet: Transforming the Future’ academic conference, to be held at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, 2-4 July 2013.
Cultural Sustainability Stream. The Cultural Development Network is pleased to be partnering with conference organisers to convene the stream on cultural sustainability.  We invite your participation in exploring the relationship of culture and sustainability. How are these two dimensions connected? Measuring the impact: of culture on sustainability, of cultural sustainability, of sustainability on culture…. How can stakeholders in the cultural sector/s contribute to a rethinking of sustainability issues? Enquiries about the cultural sustainability stream:
More information visit Global Cities Research Institute website. Enquiries:
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Museums Australia Victoria
Reinventing Museums: Collaborate, Innovate & Transform
 state conference for Victorian museums and galleries.
National Wool Museum, Geelong
18 - 19 April 2013
The theme of the conference is Reinventing Museums: Collaborate, Innovate & Transform and the program will explore the brave new ideas and lessons learned in recent times of change and challenge in the sector. Information.

Young People and the Arts Australia National Theatre Summit
April 2013
Canberra, ACT. Information.

Museums Australia National Conference
17-20 May, 2013
National Convention Centre, Canberra
How museums work: people, industry and nation. Information.

Homemade Festival August 2013
Enquiries:  Nick Walters Website 
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The Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts & Communications (PVAC) at the University of Leeds
New "Cultural Policy Issues: New Research at Leeds" series.

In the first three events, Professors Calvin Taylor, Kate Oakley, and David Hesmondhalgh will present their latest research on cultural policy. Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications. For further information please contact George Zifkos:
Call for Papers
12th International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management (AIMAC 2013)

South America, Bogota, Colombia, 26-29 June, 2013.
Researchers are invited to submit proposals for paper presentations. This scientific conference will address various sectors of the arts and cultural industries., information:

Les Arts et la Ville, Quebec
26th Symposium
22-24 May, 2013
Citizen's House, located at 25 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Quebec), Canada J8X 3Y9. Information.

2nd World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue
29 May - 1 June , 2013
Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan
Republic of AzerBaijan in cooperation with UNESCO, UN Alliance of Civilizations, UN World Tourism Organization, Council of Europe, ISESCO, North-South Center of the Council of Europe.

Creative Cities Network of Canada
2013 Creative City Summit

29 - 31 May, 2013
City of Ottawa, Ontario Information

Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference, Bristol UK
24-26 June 2013
Early bird discount by February 2013. Information

The 3rd International Conference on Performing Arts As Creative Industries In Asia
26 - 28 June 2013
School of Arts, Universiti Malaysia Sabah  Information 

The 8th IDEA “Drama / Theatre and Education” World Congress
July 8th to 13th 2013, Paris, France

International Summer School In Cultural Economics, July 17 -21, Amsterdam
Organised by the Centre for Research in Arts and Economics (CREARE) and Erasmus Academie, with the aim of advancing knowledge in cultural economics and its application to practice.

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Wyndham City Council
Creative Communities & Cultural Places
The public comment period for Council’s draft Arts and Culture strategy- Creative Communities & Cultural Places is open from now until 5pm Tuesday 23 April 2013. Information. 
City of Greater Dandenong
Sunday 21 April, 3pm. Free entry
Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre
Cnr Walker and Mason Streets, Dandenong
One man's account as an Anglo-Indian and his personal experience of becoming a ‘New Australian’.

Gasworks Arts Park
Moving Parts

21 Graham Street, Albert Park
26 April to 10 August 2013
Independent theatre season for 2013, Moving Parts; a captivating showcase of six high calibre theatre and dance pieces.
Multicultural Arts Victoria
EMERGE in the West

Saturday May 18 11am-5pm FREE
Nicholson St, between Paisley & Irving Streets, Footscray
The inaugural Emerge in the West Festival will see Footscray’s Nicholson St come alive with a massive, feel-good street party welcoming a wave of amazing new cultures and talents from local African communities who have made Maribyrnong their home in recent years. Supported by Maribyrnong City Council, Australia Council for the Arts, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship
The School of Life, Melbourne Conversations, the City of Melbourne’s free public talks program, and The Wheeler Centre with generous support from the Trawalla Foundation
School of Life Secular Sermons Series
Inspired by The School of Life, London monthly Sermons, our local Secular Sermon Series, curated and produced by Melbourne performing arts identity Stephen Armstrong, will explore the values we live by. Maverick cultural figures will give us their take on the virtues to cling to or the vices to be wary of in order to better navigate life in our complex modern world. Subjects will range from vengeance and lying, to humour and the virtues (or otherwise) of being ‘ordinary’. Whimsically pitched, but with a serious purpose, the Secular Sermon events will pop up in cultural venues across inner Melbourne. Information.

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Positions Vacant

Maribyrnong City Council
Arts Project Officer
Applications due April 15.

Temporary Part Time , 28 hours per week (until June 28, 2013) 
Maribyrnong City Council requires an experienced Project Officer to support the review and development of Council's Service and Lease Agreements with arts organisations and explore opportunities that will foster the continued growth of the vibrant arts and culture sector that the City of Maribyrnong is renowned for. Information.

New Volunteer Opportunity - Community Arts Mentor, Arte Moris, Dili, Timor-Leste
Applications close 13 May 2012

Arte Moris is currently seeking a highly skilled and experienced individual to work as a Community Arts Mentor in Dili, Timor-Leste. The position is for 1 year from June 2013 and is supported by Austraining International through the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program. 
The successful candidate will work with the artists and staff from Arte Moris to support and build capacity in the following key areas: 
Arts practice and artistic development, Arts programming and curriculum, Pathways to formal study and Fundraising.
To read more about the position and to apply online, please visit: and click on the link for Community Arts Mentor, Arte Moris Free Art School.

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Figures are Us: book-keeping and HR contract services
We specialise in bookkeeping for the not for profit sector as well as architects, artists and those in the film industry. Our services include payroll, data entry, financial reporting, cash flow projections, budgeting and preparation of books for your accountant or auditor. We are situated in Hampton but have clients all over Victoria. We've provided excellent service to the Cultural Development Network since 2005. Mobile: 0419 754 797

Jorge de Araujo Photography
Principal photographer is Jorge de Araujo heading up an amazing team of photographers, graphic designers, website designers and retouchers to offer you a complete corporate image.

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City of Whitehorse
Byzantine Art & Icons

7 March - 20 April 2013
Whitehorse Artspace, Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
Exhibition features the work of Anna Prifti and her students. Information.

Wyndham City Council
LAND Exhibition
Exhibition: 21 March - 28 April, 9am-5pm, 7 days
Wyndham Art Gallery, 177 Watton St, Werribee
Landscape has been a preoccupation of artists since the early days of colonisation.LAND will explore both European and Indigenous ways of seeing and representing the landscape. 

Port Phillip City Council
Kitchen Talks: the food and culture of Timor-Leste 
The Gallery, St Kilda Town Hall
‘Kitchen Talks’ is an exhibition which celebrates the diverse Timor-Leste culture through images, recipes and stories by photographer Jorge de Araujo and writer Carmelita Gomes, curated by Marnie Badham. ‘Kitchen Talks’ is a community arts project in partnership with Friends of Suai/Covalima and the City of Port Phillip, with support from the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Timorese Association of Victoria, Melbourne East Timor Activity Centre, and Belgium Road Neighbourhood House.
Enquiries: ph 9209 6777 or email

Bayside City Council
Two hemispheres: Landscapes from the Alec Cato collection, Wesley College, Melbourne
9 March - 12 May
Opening event: Thursday 14 March, 5pm
The Gallery @ Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre
Brighton Town Hall, Cnr Carpenter & Wilson Streets, Brighton (Melway 67 F10) Information.

Mex-til, Mexican Goddesses 
7-18 May 2013
fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
A  photographic exhibition that posits a twist on stereotypes of Mexican women in mass produced images. Information:

City of Greater Dandenong
Free exhibitions open 10-4 Mon-Fri and 12-4 Sun
Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens, 66 McCrae St, Dandenong
Dreamtime. Kundah
12 April - 12 May
A solo exhibition of recent paintings from renown Indigenous artist Kundah.
Colours of Senior Imagination. Victorian Multi Ethnic Slavic Welfare Association 
12 April - 12 May
An exhibition showcasing paintings created by senior Slavic amateur Artists. Expressions of talent, ideas, identities and culture will visually and creatively provide viewers with an unforgettable experience. Information:

Multicultural Arts Victoria
A 3D Perspective: A unique, group exhibition of sculpture, glass, ceramic, installation and jewellery.
9 April – 16 May 2013. Gallery hours: Mon-Sat from 10am to 5pm.
Curated by the Polish Art Foundation and presented in partnership with Multicultural Arts Victoria and the Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery 
Easy Rider exhibition
8 March - 7 April
Free exhibition is open 10-4 Mon-Fri and 12-4 Sun
Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens, 66 McCrae St, Dandenong
Information.  Enquiries: Sayra Lothian, 9793 4511,

Borough of Queenscliffe
150th Anniversary Art Awards and Exhibition

4-5 May, 2013. Information.

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Australia Council for the Arts
2013 Emerging Leaders Development Program

The Australia Council is now looking for 20 leaders to start the program in April 2013.
The program is a five day residential workshop followed by a period of mentoring and coaching with respected senior executives. The program is designed to cover a broad range of topics that will stimulate discussion with other like-minded high performing arts leaders and enhance your knowledge and skills to face the challenges of your future career. Information.
Westside Circus
Hot Feet On The Highrope

Warehouse 2, 29 Cameron Street, Brunswick
Workshops specifically designed for young people aged 8-12yrs with disabilities together with their parent or carer.

Arts Access Victoria, ARTSTOP 21 - Workshops in Art! 
Every Wednesday, 10am - 12.00pm, free, The Olive Way, 212-214 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Working with ink, pencil, watercolour and soft sculpture, artists will be developing a body of work for The Fluid Ink Project exhibition in August. Enquiries: Tel 03 9699 8299.

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Blak Dot Gallery
413 Lygon Street, East Brunswick
Callout for Submissions
Openings for Artists to submit ideas for exhibiting in the space. Contact the Gallery.

Creative Partnership Australia Awards 2013
Nominations close at midnight on Monday 13th May 2013.
These awards (previously the AbaF Awards) celebrate and honour successful and innovative relationships between arts, business and donors.
For a full list of this year’s  Award Categories please click here and visit the online awards portal to submit your nomination.

2013 Rob McNamara Exhibition 
Call For Works. Entries are due by 5pm on Friday 28 June, 2013.
Field invites established and emerging artists of all mediums to explore the theme ‘righting/writing the direction' and to submit artworks for possible inclusion in the 2013 Rob McNamara Exhibition (9 - 21 August at Collingwood Gallery on Smith Street in Collingwood, Victoria). Information: Steph Tout, ph 03 9982 0108 or 03 9982 0100

State Library of Victoria Fellows and Scholarships, 2013-14
The State Library administers a number of research programs. It awards fellowships to benefit those working in the creative and scholarly spheres, and scholarships to promote high standards and leadership in the public library sector. You are invited to apply for the: Dome Centenary FellowshipsCreative FellowshipsLa Trobe Society Fellowship and Redmond Barry Fellowship.

Heartlands Refugee Art Prize: now open to talented refugee artists 
Entries close Friday 10 May 2013. 
Paintings, drawings, photography and mixed media works by refugee artists who have arrived in Australia since 1970, are now being sought for this year’s Heartlands Refugee Art Prize. The Heartlands Refugee Art Prize is presented by AMES and Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with Parks Victoria, VicHealth and the Victorian Multicultural Commission. It celebrates the skills, talents and creativity that refugees bring to Australia and the social and cultural contributions they provide to our community. Information.

Hobart City Council
2013 City of Hobart Art Prize, call for entries

Celebrating 25 years of the award.
 Entries are now open –
Arts Access Australia. Invitation to participate in the National Audio Description Survey – Arts and Cultural Venues
In May 2012 Arts Access Australia surveyed people who are blind or have low vision to learn more about there experiences of audio description in Australia. Survey information. Now it’s time to hear from venues about your experiences of audio description. Your answers will feed into the national discussions and development of best practice standards for Arts and Cultural Venues across Australia. To participate click here. Survey.

Municipal Association of Victoria Multicultural Issues eNetwork
The MAV’s new quarterly magazine CiVic has been launched. CiVic is available as an iPad app. Councils can discuss and submit story ideas to Puffafish's editor, Kristi High, on 0407 366 466 or at All advertising inquiries to Puffafish Advertising For more information go to 

The Australia and New Zealand School of Government
Excellence in Local Government Leadership Program (ELGLP)
Delivered over two separate residential modules, ELGLP is designed specifically for senior executives, mayors and leading elected members in local government in Australia and New Zealand. Information.

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Australia Council
Community Partnerships - Program, Applications close May 24, 2013
These grants provide one-year funding for community arts and cultural development organisations that have a track record of delivering innovative projects with arts and non-arts partners. Information
Community Engagement Residency, Applications close April 12, 2013
Support for innovative community engagement residencies as part of a professional Australian tour of theatre work. Please note that only artists, venues and tour producers who have confirmed professional Australian tours are eligible to apply. Information.

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust  
Next funding round closes 5pm, Tuesday 14 May, 2013.
Grants of up to $7,000 to assist early career artists of exceptional talent to undertake professional development, usually overseas. Information.
Australian Children’s Theatre Foundation (ACTF) in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria
Inaugural Joan and Betty Rayner ACTF Commission, a grant of $15,000 to go towards high quality theatre works for primary aged students.
The ACTF will commission (in whole or in part) the creative development to the point of being tour ready, theatre works of small scale specifically written for primary school students. It is intended that the successful applicants will be able to tour the new work within RAV’s Education and Families program in 2014. For further information and to download an application form, please visit:

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Resources and Publications

Future Leaders Books
Space Place & Culture ( Now available)
Leading thinkers explore ways in which we manage our space, our place and our culture,and provides insights for the future.
Life Surfing Life Dancing (Available June 2013)
The writers’ discuss wellbeing and health based on their clinical and research roles and life experiences.

Reconciliation Australia
Indigenous Governance Toolkit

Reconciliation Australia today launched a new web-based Indigenous Governance Toolkit  to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups strengthen their governance. The toolkit shares this knowledge and provides practical tools and advice to build further successes. Visit

Arts and culture in Australia: A statistical overview, 2012
30 January 2013 | This report contains information on a range of topics including employment in culture, time spent on cultural activities, attendances at cultural venues and events, expenditure on culture, and imports and exports of cultural goods and services.

Arts Access Australia
Report: Art Works - Arts Employment for people with disability
. Information.
This report captures the results from national research into employment levels, barriers and strategies around employment in the arts for people with disability.

Research: Art, money and society. Who should fund the arts? Articulation, December 2012
It is accepted that art makes positive contributions to society, but a recent report by researchers Dr Grace McQuilten and Dr Anthony White looks deeper at how art can benefit communities and why it is worth funding. 

Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV)
The MAV Statement of Commitment to Cultural Diversity was announced on December 5 at the MAV Annual Conference. It aims to promote and facilitate good multicultural practice and leadership within and across Victorian local government. Information.

Culture and Sustainable Development at Rio+20: Interview with Jordi Pascual of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
CDN's colleague Jordi Pascual (keynote speaker at our 2007 conference) from UCLG's Committee for Culture recently ran a conference on the role of culture in sustainable development, seeking to influence discussions at the recent important Rio+20 Summit. Jordi sees much scope for improvement in the final recommendations from the conference! Read an interview with him here:
Note: Information and links to resources and publications are eventually moved to the CDN website at

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