Launceston, October 12th, 2009:  Tasmania’s Minister for the Arts, Michelle O’Byrne today officially announced the title of the seventh Regional Arts Australia national conference: “Junction 2010- connecting the future’ and unveiled the conference logo and website.

At the ceremony held at the Design Centre in Launceston the minister said that- “Junction 2010 will unleash an explosion of ideas and creativity from Australian and overseas delegates through a stimulating and thought-provoking conference program and arts festival that celebrates, connects and challenges.”

The conference is held every two years and is Australia’s biggest and most eagerly awaited regional arts event. Junction 2010 will be held in Launceston from 26 August to 29 August 2010 and is presented in partnership with Tasmanian Regional Arts and the host community of Launceston.

With over 1000 delegates participating in the conference, Junction 2010 will bring together people from across Australia and international borders. It will involve leading thinkers and practitioners from the arts and other sectors exploring a range of questions, issues and ideas under the conference themes of Footprints, Threads, Resilience and Momentum.

Mr. Steve Grieve, President of Regional Arts Australia said “the conference themes urge us to think about our impact and influence; they encourage collaborations and connections, and reminds us to focus on our capacity, knowledge and action for change”. 

An arts festival will envelop and intersect the conference program, showcasing the best of regional arts with a particular focus on Tasmanian work.  The program will include theatre, dance, opera, visual arts, screen based works, writing, installation and more.  A great program of short works will be featured in a genuinely cool festival club.  Ian Pidd has been appointed as the artistic director of the arts festival and the festival program will be launched in March, 2010.

The conference website provides an interactive forum for artists, academics, arts workers, students, volunteers, all levels of government and community to contribute, discuss, debate and voice their thoughts about the questions and issues being addressed at the event.

Speaking about the website Lee Cole, president of Tasmanian Regional Arts said that “keeping in mind the power of the internet as a medium to connect, the conference website will be the platform to bring together the delegates, speakers, artists and the community before the conference next year.”

The expressions of interest and call for presentations for the conference are now open with details available on the website

Notes to the Editor:

About Regional Arts Australia:
Regional Arts Australia is the key national body representing the broad and complex interests and concerns of those working with and for the arts in regional, rural and remote Australia.
As an advocate, Regional Arts Australia has achieved significant results over the last three years in winning better recognition and support for the enormous contribution that regional arts make to the cultural, economic and social wellbeing of the nation.  As a project initiator and manager, Regional Arts Australia has become an important partner in equipping regional artists, arts workers and communities to meet the needs and challenges that accompany arts practice, arts promotion and audience development in the regional and rural sectors.

About Tasmanian Regional Arts
Tasmanian Regional Arts is the peak organisation for regional arts and community cultural development in Tasmania. Its vision is to excite and inspire Tasmanian communities through arts and cultural participation and experience.

The organisation has operated for over 60 years and represents over 1500 individual members from affiliate community arts groups including 28 regional arts branches located throughout Tasmania. Tasmanian Regional Arts successfully delivers a range of programs, projects, initiatives, advocacy campaigns and resources in conjunction with government, industry, educational and community organisations throughout Tasmania.