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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.


Latest News:

How do the Arts support Community Wellbeing?

Kingston Arts presents Dialogues 2: How do the Arts support Community Wellbeing?
Sunday 3rd August, 2-4pm, Kingston Arts Centre

In the final Dialogues for 2014, key note speakers from the cultural development sector and health industry will discuss how the arts foster community wellbeing.

Presenters include:
Molly Carlile – General Manager, Innovation and Integrated Cancer Services at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.
Tina Christensen – Arts based psychotherapist and creative director of Labyrinth Lane.
Dr Kim Dunphy – Research Program Manager, Cultural Development Network.

This is a free event, however, bookings are essential. T: 9556 4000.
For more information.

Yarra Ranges Council recognised by international local government body

The Victorian Shire of Yarra Ranges Council was recognised by the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) ‘International Award UCLG – Mexico City – Culture 21′ for its cultural planning and has been recommended as good practice.  We congratulate Shire of Yarra Ranges Council for submitting their 2008-2013 plan to the international jury and for being selected.

Jury Citation: The Jury highlights the long-term vision and commitment of Yarra Ranges (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) with its project “Cultural Policy and Action Plan 2008-2013.” The Jury values the importance of the local cultural strategies which are developed through consultation with the community, incorporate elements of innovation, and are implemented in coordination with urban actors (including, therefore, cultural actors and the rest of the key actors of a society: civic, social, economic, etc.). All these elements are present in the Yarra Ranges project. The Jury recognizes that the project links cultural values with democratic governance, citizen participation and sustainable development of Yarra Ranges. The Jury requests that the UCLG Committee on Culture promotes this project as a good practice.

Information of the UCLG Committee on Culture

Information on the Awards

UCLG Award – Yarra Ranges


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, hosts the final of a series of three forums on cultural planning in 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.

More about the series and cultural planning for local government here.