Culture +

Culture +

A China-Australia forum at Curtin University


Dates: Monday 30 Nov/ Tuesday 1 Dec 2015

Venue: BankWest Theatre, John Curtin Gallery and The HIVE, Curtin University, Perth


The bilateral forum, Culture +, celebrates cultural and creative relationships between Australia and China, some of which are yet to be formed and tested. In the spirit of collaboration we share ideas.

Culture + sets out opportunities that lie ahead. The themes are illustrated in the imagery of the poster: Culture and Create: the colours symbolize the fusion of the Australian and Chinese national flags, an image of collaboration and friendship. As the ‘sharing economy’ moves closer to becoming a reality, we ask: what will this entail for Sino-Australian relations?

Both nations are looking to secure new sustainable economic models, to break away from reliance on manufacturing and extractive industries respectively. In Australia the value of extractive industries has diminished, impacting on the sustainability of sectors associated with mining such as real estate, transportation, and technology services. China is itself reshaping its economy, putting a great effort on consumption and high value goods and creative services.

The forum will address cross-cultural understandings plus facilitate new ways of thinking about trade, digital technology, knowledge, community and collaboration. Speakers from China will describe how technology is enabling China’s cultural and creative industries, and in particular China’s efforts to send its culture overseas.

Speakers and panel participants will compare creative transformations in film, television, publishing and education services, showing how both nations are preserving and renewing their indigenous cultures.

The forum will utilise the popular Chinese Wechat platform to generate an interactive discussion forum.


Program of Event:

Please click here: Culture Plus_Program_FINAL_Web


This event is made possible by the China Institute for Cultural Trade Research (Bureau for External Cultural Relations); Ministry of Culture, China; the School of Media Culture and Creative Arts, Curtin University; Beijing International Studies University, Beijing; the Centre for Culture and Technology, Curtin University; and the Australian Research Council.

For more information contact:

Professor Michael Keane:

Dr Henry Siling Li:

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