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International Day of Indigenous Peoples 9 AugustInternational Day of Indigenous Peoples
The United Nations declared the decade 1994-2004 the International Decade of the Worlds' Indigenous Peoples. The International Day of Indigenous Peoples is 9 August every year.

Have a look at our article about the International Day of Indigenous Peoples.

Modern Australian Women, Paintings & Prints: 1925-1945
The Modern Australian Women, Paintings & Prints: 1925-1945 exhibition is being held at the National Trust's S H Ervin Gallery from 8 September - 21 October 2001.

The Modern Australian Women' Symposium will be held on 8 October and will feature a program of speakers including Dr Joan Kerr, art historian; Catriona Moore, University of Sydney; Ann Stephen, Powerhouse Museum; and Drusilla Modjeska, author of Stravinsky's Lunch.

Visit the Gallery's program of events at for further information.

Haldon Street Festival
The Canterbury City Council in New South Wales is holding its annual Haldon Street Festival on 4 August 2001. Bring the family along for this multicultural festival and see the Chinese Lion Dance, Korean drummers and bellydancers and much more. Shop for arts and crafts bargains in dozens of street stalls, while the kids enjoy free rides and amusements. There’s also a great expo held in the church hall!

For more information have a look at the Canterbury City Council website at

Not waving but singing exhibition
Judy Horacek's Not waving but singing exhibition is being held at the Helen Maxwell Gallery in Canberra from 2 August - 2 September 2001. It's 30 new etchings around the theme of music and singing.

More information can be found at

Australian Community Artworkers - Professional development funding
The Community Cultural Development Board (CCDB) of the Australia Council has a 15 September 2001 closing date for project applications in the following categories: Skills and Arts Development: Individuals and Organisations; New Work; and, Presentation and Promotion. In particular, the Board hopes to increase the quantity and quality of applications to the category of Skills and Arts Development: Individuals.

Artworkers interested in individual professional development are strongly encouraged to discuss their application with program staff before submitting.

Application forms can be obtained by phoning 1800 226 912, emailing or downloading from the Australia Council website at

Australian Music Week
Australian Music Week will be held from 9 - 15 October 2001. This year's activities will include the conference, the showcase, and the Australian Live Music Awards and aims to raise awareness of contemporary music events and developments in Australia and promote emerging talent and the development of new markets overseas.

Visit the Australia Music Awards website at for all the upcoming events.

culture@com.unity State Conference
The culture@com.unity state cultural conference held on 5 - 6 October 2001 will explore new takes on culture and the arts in New South Wales. Some of the issues that will be covered are: honing project management skills; new approaches to funding and partnerships; and the latest audience development ideas.

Culture@com.unity is the state cultural conference jointly presented by Regional Arts NSW, the Museums & Galleries Foundation of NSW, Community Cultural Development NSW in collaboration with the Local Government and Shires Association of NSW.

Register your interest at;=&month;=.

The Power of Knowledge, the Resonance of Tradition in Indigenous Studies Conference 2001
The Power of Knowledge, the Resonance of Tradition conference on issues in Indigenous Australian studies, organised by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), is being held at the Australian National University, Canberra, Manning Clark Centre from 18 to 20 September 2001.

Symposiums include Land Resources and Knowledge, Knowledge and Colonialism and The resonance of tradition. In conjunction with the conference, the Institute’s new premises on Acton Peninsula will be opened formally. Other activities include displays, a book fair, exhibitions, performances, an Artists’ gallery and excursions.

Have a look at further details at

Between the Sheets: A Century of Australian Music
The Between the Sheets: A Century of Australian Music exhibition will be held at the National Library of Australia from 22 August - 11 November 2001. It is a nostalgic exhibition celebrating the strong flavour that has permeated the music, lyrics and themes of Australian popular songs over the past century.

Filled with humour, this magnificent display of Australian sheet music tells the tale of amateur musicians, sing-a-longs, professional songwriters and publishers, classic songs, unknown gems and disposable ditties. It's the story of a country's remarkable musical journey over 100 years, and it lurks 'between the sheets' of the National Library's fascinating popular music collection.

For more information about this and other exhibitions on at the National Library of Australia visit the website at

Australia: A Knowledge Culture?
The National Scholarly Communications Forum (NSCF) announces a Round Table on the topic Australia: A Knowledge Culture? to take place on 9 August 2001 in Old Canberra House, Australian National University in Canberra.

This Round Table is an important opportunity to assess the role of knowledge in enabling Australia to face economic and social changes today and in the future. The ten participants represent a range of peak bodies involved in the creation and maintenance of a knowledge culture.

For a registration form, please visit the NSCF Round Table website at

Contemporary Visual Arts and Craft Inquiry
A landmark examination of visual arts and craft in Australia has been announced by the Federal Minister for the Arts, Peter McGauran MP.

‘Visual arts and craft are major contributors to Australian culture and the Australian economy, yet at the same time, visual artists and craftspeople are amongst the lowest income earners in Australia,’ Mr McGauran said. ‘This inquiry - to be chaired by Mr Rupert Myer - will give us a comprehensive picture of the sector and what can be done by all tiers of government to ensure its continued development in the future.’

'Submissions will be invited that will help identify challenges for the industry - including opportunities to better target existing support, the impact of new technologies and consumer demand, and the flow on effects to other sectors.'

View the media release at;=5871&template;=Newsroom.

Asialink - Residencies in Asia
Performing arts practitioners and arts managers have an opportunity to undertake 3 - 4 month residencies during 2002 in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand or Taiwan, or to propose an alternative residency in any other Asian country.

The aim of this program is to enlarge the experiences available to Australians in our own region, to develop projects related to the host country and to encourage ongoing involvement between Australian and Asian artists and organisations. The residencies are a professional development opportunity for Australian artists and also act to foster bilateral relationships in the region.

The deadline for applications is 7 September 2001. Download guidelines and application forms from the Asialink website

The Federal Minister for the Arts and the Centenary of Federation, Peter McGauran MP, launched Australian Museums & Galleries Online's (AMOL) new education gateway Discovernet on the 25 July 2001. Discovernet is the learning gateway to Australian museums.

Discovernet provides a quick and easy way to search and link to web-based education resources produced by Australian museums and galleries, for students, educators and lifelong learners.

Discovernet has four sections. The Study booster is a tool to search across web-based education resources developed by Australian museums and galleries; Australian tales contains fascinating stories about Australian people and places; the Museum Locator contains details of over 1200 Australian cultural institutions, museums, galleries, libraries, archives, botanical gardens and zoos; and Make your own exhibition is an interactive educational game that allows students to take on the role of curator and build their own virtual exhibition.

Visit Discovernet at and find out more about Australian museums.

Reckonings brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, Jonathan Bottrell Jones, Ruark Lewis, Romaine Moreton and Nuha Saad, to collaborate on an installation which inaugurates Performance Space ongoing project which reflects on and examines the Australian contexts and meanings of reconciliation.

Working with the idea of the locale, the artists draw on personal memories and histories of family in and around Redfern. Reckonings sets out to rewrite and remap Redfern - the edge of the city, the centre of interracial and cultural interaction, and the black heart of Sydney. The exhibition will run from July 27 - August 26 2001.

Preview the exhibition at

Spectacular! Spectacular! On the Set of Moulin Rouge exhibition
The Spectacular! Spectacular! On the Set of Moulin Rouge exhibition is on from 4 July - 16 September 2001 at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, NSW. Step behind the red curtain of Moulin Rouge and see the most dazzling costumes from the film together with behind the scenes photographs by Sue Adler and much more.

Find out more at

Sydney Asia Pacific Film Festival
The Sydney Asia Pacific Film Festival (SAPFF), from August 9 - 18 2001, is an annual festival of Asian feature films and short works by local film makers which promotes dynamic links between Australia and Asia. Some of the festival events include 15 new feature films selected from across Asia; a Retrospective of five films from the 1940's - 1960's; some short films and seminars. This year's festival will be held at the Reading Cinemas, Market City, Sydney.

For more details, visit

Senses of Cinema
The July/August issue of the Senses of Cinema online film journal is now available. It is devoted to the serious and eclectic discussion of cinema. There are many essays, reviews, interviews and previews of the Brisbane International Film Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival and much more.

Go and

Cultural Heritage and Technologies in the Third Millennium
The International Cultural Heritage Informatics Meeting is being held in Milan, Italy from 3 - 7 September, 2001. It will examine the relationship between technology and cultural heritage. The theme of this meeting is Cultural Heritage and Technologies in the Third Millennium, and aims to emphasise the present and future role of innovative technologies for cultural heritage applications.

Further information is available at

Information Technology in Regional Areas Conference
The Information Technology in Regional Areas (ITiRA) Conference will be held from 5 - 7 September 2001 at the Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland.

The conference is intended to be a "learning conference", providing a forum for delegates to review and reflect on the community based applications of IT and aims to link economic and social development efforts at the regional level with emerging opportunities in such areas as electronic commerce, community and civic networks and telecentres, electronic democracy and on-line participation, self-help and virtual health communities, advocacy and cultural enhancement.

Go to the website for the early bird registration and program details at

FLOODS, FIRE, PESTILENCE - Preparing the plan, averting the disaster
The Museums and Galleries Foundation presents FLOODS, FIRE, PESTILENCE- Preparing the plan, averting the disaster, a one day workshop to be held on 18 August in Wollongong, NSW.

It will explore current issues concerning 'Disaster Preparedness' aimed at regional galleries and museums. Various presenters will discuss the practicalities of preparing a plan and the types of risks which can impact on museums and galleries.

For more information and registration details, visit

SPACE ODYSSEYS: Sensation and Immersion
SPACE ODYSSEYS: Sensation and Immersion opens on Saturday 18 August at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The international and Australian contemporary artists in this exhibition invite us on a journey into physical and electronic spaces of imagery, light and sound. Visitors will literally move through art works, interact with ghostly figures and be submerged in limitless space. Visit for more information.

For more information about exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, visit

Sauce: Hot Tips for Effective Arts PromotionSauce: Hot tips for Effective Arts Promotion
A new e-book, SAUCE, provides a guide to arts promotion for people who are either fairly new to the area or looking for fresh inspiration. Whether you are working for a large or small organisation, are based in the city or the country, SAUCE may be useful in your endeavours.

SAUCE is written by Judith James, a Sydney based consultant who has had many years at the front line of arts promotion, and is an initiative of the Australia Council’s Audience & Market Development Division.

Have a look at this new website at

International Year of Volunteers 2001International Year of Volunteers 2001
The Victorian Government has recently launched two International Year of Volunteers 2001 (IYV) initiatives.

The first initiative is the Grants Program. There are two sub programs to this, both of which are related to local government authorities - the applications must come from local government. Applications for both close on 13 July 2001.

The second initiative is the Volunteer Heroes Awards. The Volunteer Heroes Awards aim to recognise the outstanding contribution Victorian volunteers make to building better communities. These awards also celebrate the diversity of volunteering from community services support through to sport and recreation, environmental services and corporate volunteering. Individuals and organisations are encouraged to nominate worthy people or organisations for the Volunteer Heroes Awards. Applications close 31 August 2001.

For further information visit the IYV website at

Film festival encourages filmmakers to PROTEST!
ScreenWorks Short Film Festival has launched its 2001 season and is calling for entries from independent filmmakers across Australia.

Each year ScreenWorks sets a theme to encourage filmmakers to experiment in short films that entertain and stimulate audience debate. Previous years themes have included The Environment and Being Australian.

The theme for 2001 is Protest! The theme is open to interpretation in any sense - from personal protests we encounter in our daily lives to the major protests we see on our city streets. Humorous, serious or contentious, the films can be of any genre: comedy, drama, documentary or animation.

The deadline for film entries is 21 September 2001. The entry form and further information is available from the ScreenWorks website at

De-Globalizing / Re-Globalizing Culture
This international art and technology festival will be held in Greece from 14 September - 15 October 2001. The annual Medi@terra Festival is changing form. Under the title De-Globalizing / Re-Globalizing, the Festival is travelling from the south to the north of Greece in the form of a microMuseum.

In each host city, the events of Medi@terra will be set up within and around the microMuseum and includes CD-ROM art, net art, computer art, digital photography, interactive objects, "hand luggage-sized" installations and presentations as well as cultural events organised by the artists and art centres of each city. A debate on the subject of the other side of globalisation will round off the activities of the Festival.

Medi@terra, having developed an intense activity around the questions posed by digital culture, has been included among the events that are organised around the Olympic Games 2004 in Athens. Its inclusion in the Cultural Olympiad for the years 2001 - 2004 has recently been announced.

For registration details and more information go to

International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications 2001
International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications will be held from 22 - 26 October 2001 at the National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan.

DC-2001, ninth in this series, will include an international conference for the broader metadata community with three principal missions: to provide a forum to discuss further development of the Dublin Core and related metadata standards; to provide a forum to present and exchange new ideas about metadata and applications, not limited to Dublin Core; and, to provide tutorials on the creation, management, and use of metadata applications.

For more information, visit the conference website at

The Daniel Langlois Foundation launches a program of grants
The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology is launching a program of grants for researchers in residence. With this new program, the Foundation hopes to foster critical thinking about how technologies affect people and their natural and cultural environments.

For more details on this new initiative, consult the program of grants for researchers in residence in the Funding Programs section of the Foundation's Web site at The deadline for applications is 31 August 2001.

The Belonging exhibition
The century since Federation is celebrated in this wide-ranging exhibition. It takes us on a historic, often light-hearted and sometimes confronting journey from Federation to the present, and looks at what 'belonging' means to all Australians - spiritually, socially and physically.

Belonging travels to the National Library of Australia and the National Archives of Australia from 22 August - 11 November 2001. It is a collaboration between the State Libraries of New South Wales and Victoria, the National Library of Australia and the National Archives of Australia.

Have a look at the National Library of Australia's website at Visitors can also experience Belonging online through the website at

Curatorial lab
Curatorial lab is a five day program held in Melbourne and Brisbane which encourages practical study and theoretical enquiry into the field of curatorial culture. Designed to provide professional development opportunities for emerging and practising curators, the program comprises workshops held over two weekends, culminating in a one day master class.

Conducted by leading Australian curators, workshop seminars will draw upon presenters' expertise to investigate curatorial practice in relation to contemporary art, with reference to specific case studies.

For more information on the program, go to: (Melbourne program: 4 - 5 and 18 - 19 August 2001). (Brisbane program: 11 - 12 and 25 - 26 August 2001).

National Youth Concerto Competition
The National Youth Concerto Competition (NYCC) is one of the most significant competition of its kind in Australia, and a highlight of the Queensland Youth Orchestra Council concert series. The 2001 Finals Concert will be held on 16 September at 3pm at the Old Museum Concert Hall.

For more information, go to

National Library of Australia - Celebrating 100 yearsThe National Library of Australia
The National Library of Australia is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The centenary celebrations of the nation's largest library and one of its oldest cultural institutions coincides with the Centenary of Federation. It was in 1901 that the newly formed Commonwealth of Australia decided that a library should be created to serve the new Parliament. This library was the forerunner of today's Commonwealth Parliamentary Library and the National Library of Australia.

Find out about the all the exciting events, exhibitions, spotlight talks and the Library's open day on 23 September 2001 at the Library's website at and see what exhibitions are on at

Golden ThreadsGolden Threads: The Chinese in regional NSW 1850-1950
Golden Threads: The Chinese in regional NSW 1850-1950 is now online at Explore the rich and varied contribution made by Chinese-Australians to the history of Australia and regional NSW. Delve into the images and objects from family collections and museums in regional NSW. Experience the lives of Chinese people through their stories, the voices of their descendants as well as memories from the communities they lived in.

The website is the result of a collaboration between Australian Museums & Galleries Online and the Golden Threads Project. It complements the Golden Threads exhibition currently being toured through New South Wales by the New England Regional Art Museum.

Ideas at the Powerhouse - Four days of ideas, innovation and invention
Ideas at the Powerhouse is a major new event to be held in Brisbane from August 16 - 19 which will be sure to stir up debate, discussion and involvement in issues about our future.

A growing number of leading community, business, government and independent agencies are working to encourage and support innovation and creativity. Ideas at the Powerhouse aims to provide an accessible forum for progressing this important ongoing work.

The broad objectives of the project are to engage leading thinkers and practitioners in the exchange of ideas; investigate key issues for the future of Australian society and particularly for the people of Brisbane and Queensland; contribute to ongoing informed, vigorous and inclusive debate; and, to promote and present Brisbane and Queensland as stimulating and supporting ideas and innovation.

For information, updates and to register your interest visit

Big Screen 2001 - A celebration of Australian cinema
Big Screen 2001 is a selection of Australian films which will tour to 20 regional centres nationally during the Centenary of Federation year. The event is presented by the Australian Film Commission and ScreenSound Australia, the National Screen and Sound Archive.

For national tour dates visit the website at


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