THE Gold Coast marked a pivotal moment today with the inaugural Indigenous Arts and Culture forum.
The forum, convened by the City of Gold Coast with guidance from the City’s Indigenous Reference Group, drew local and national Indigenous artists and cultural opinion makers including Wesley Enoch, Djon Mundine and Robyn Archer.
The forum included a series of discussion panels aimed at creating a vision to grow and develop Indigenous arts and culture on the Gold Coast.
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Mayor Tom Tate said 2014 was shaping up as a milestone of the city’s growing recognition of its rich Indigenous culture.
“We’ve seen the inaugural Yugambeh Mobo celebrations and a gala dinner featuring local bushfoods. We facilitated an Indigenous artist camp and hosted the national NAIDOC ball. An exhibition by Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists called Saltwater Country is also now open at the Arts Centre,” he said.
Mr Tate said understanding, valuing and supporting the Coast’s Indigenous heritage and culture is one of council’s priorities.
“Today’s forum will inform our future planning and programming. We must forge strong and respectful partnerships to ensure Indigenous cultural development is owned and led by the Indigenous community.”