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Our purpose over the three nights and two days of AUSfolk is twofold.
That we consider the Australian character via the examination of the bricks,
mortar and philosophies of our trades and that in doing so, we develop a strong
motion that communicates our united intentions to the wider public.
Organisers of events, festivals and venues make a huge contribution to the
development of Australian culture. If we are the anthropologists of our time,
daily discovering and exhibiting human nature in our work, we know that the
artists and cultural heroes we promote are the anthropologists of the future,
moving us forward through their imaginations. We can be proud because we
are instrumental in providing the arenas and opportunity for these discoveries.
Though we may often do it with late nights, short tempers and low resources,
and at great personal cost, the impact that is made on the hundreds and
thousands of people who come along makes it worthwhile.We are lighting the
bright fires that drive Australian culture forward. Perhaps though, we'd like to
offer a statement on why we do, what we do.
We hope that in offering the draft motion below for your consideration, we
provide a beacon that guides us through the next few days. During this time,
our sessions -- as well as educating us and increasing our networks and capacity
- will uncover the smaller actions that will move us all forward in the practical
sense. In the cultural ecology, we are small boats, but we leave a large wake.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we were rowing, motoring or sailing in the same
DRAFT MOTION (amendments welcome)
We commit to creating a genuine, healthy, sustainable, creative Australian
culture. We'll do this by creating goodwill, enjoying good humour,
forgiving mistakes, understanding our shared humanity and being honest
in our intentions.
We will then create a set of actions that demonstrate how we are going to go
about doing this.
CONNECTING THE DOT(POINT)S
Each session at AUSfolk will finish with the compilation of three 'actions' that will
assist us in incorporating the positive philosophies associated with that session
into our daily practice, and ultimately into tangible results for our work -- and
therefore Australian culture.
For example: Session: Engaging Local Community
To respectfully, appropriately and adequately consult with our local
community with regard to our events
To share our event success with local businesses through engaging local
suppliers as preferred suppliers where possible
To examine and provide opportunities to local groups and charities for
fundraising via our events where possible
FINALISING THE MOTION
The actions will be collated in the plenary session on Saturday. After a group
discussion to finalise amendments to the motion, you will be asked to express
your confidence in the motion, and in the actions required to carry it forward.
The motion and actions will be made public through media releases, the
AUSfolk website, and via the networks and practices of AUSfolk 2010 delegates
wherever they wish.
This powerful statement of our united intention publicly commits us all to the
continued pursuit of excellent, authentic cultural work -- whether we're a rock
festival, a toad race or a footy club. We hope that it demonstrates that the lines
that divide us are the same ones that curve back on themselves and into each
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