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The Cultural Development Network is an independent non-profit organisation that links local government, communities, artists, researchers and related agencies. We are based in Melbourne, Australia. We advocate for the essential function of arts and cultural expression in the development of creative, healthy, engaged and sustainable communities. We support local government in its role of assisting and resourcing local communities to make and express their own culture.


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Public Forum and consultation: Vital Signs

Cultural indicators for Australia: local and national approaches
13 March, 2014, RMIT University

Arts_Victoria_LogoThe Vital Signs public forum organized by Arts Victoria and the Cultural Development Network in March 2014 provided an opportunity for stakeholders to share information about the collection and use of cultural data. This formed part of national consultations on the Vital Signs paper on national cultural indicators.

More about the event including speakers’ presentations, report and resource sheet available here

Cultural Planning Forums Across Victoria: April – July 2014

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Locations: Melbourne, Camperdown, Kerang, Seymour, Morwell.

CDN, in partnership with the Arts and Culture Committee of the Municipal Association of Victoria and host councils, will lead a series of three forums on cultural planning between April and July in central Melbourne (Melbourne City Council) and four regional locations: Camperdown (Corangamite Shire Council); Kerang (Gannawarra Shire Council); Seymour (Mitchell Shire Council) and Morwell (Latrobe City Council).

The format will include presentations, group discussion, case studies and information about resources.

• Learn how to consult, research, develop, implement and evaluate your cultural plan.
• Develop skills in use of national, state and local data to inform your planning.
• Share knowledge and ideas with councils in your region.
• Link in to worldwide networks and resources on culture and planning.
• Consider your own council’s plan in the light of a shared statewide approach.

Forum Facilitators: John Smithies and Dr. Kim Dunphy, Cultural Development Network, with contributions from local professionals in each location.

The forums are tailored to local government staff involved in developing and implementing cultural plans.

Cost: $65 each forum,  $180 for series of three.

Register here. | Forums series flyer Program

National Local Government Cultural Forum

Report from third meeting: March 19, 2014 in Brisbane, Queensland

The Cultural Forum is a meeting of cultural policy and planning representatives from Australia’s capital cities, local government associations along with Commonwealth Ministry for the Arts and the Australia Council for the Arts.

The third meeting considered progress on the priority areas agreed to in previous meetings in relation to its Terms of Reference that begins with the objective to increase the capacity of local government to strengthen the arts and cultural development in their communities.

More information, including the Terms of Reference on the National Local Government Cultural Forum is available at the CDN Website.