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Your Golden Opportunity to have a say about the Coast's cultural future

Locals are invited to join some of the Gold Coast’s leading arts, urban design and technology experts to discuss the City’s cultural future at a public forum later this month.

The “Golden Opportunity” expert panel discussion and community forum will be held at The Arts Centre Gold Coast on November 21, at 5.30pm.

Hosted by Gold Coast City Council and Bond University, it will look at making the most of opportunities to enrich the Gold Coast’s cultural life and economy through creatively amalgamating information communications technologies and the arts.

Inspired by a research paper by Bond University’s Professor Marcus Breen, entitled Golden Information: The Virtual (in the) Cultural Precinct, the forum will investigate future opportunities for universities, schools, industry and cultural institutions to intersect and collaborate around the Gold Coast City Cultural Precinct and beyond.

Professor Breen will co-chair the forum together with Tory Jones, Executive Coordinator Major Projects at Gold Coast City Council.

He encouraged locals who had an interest in the development of the region’s culture to come along and take part in the discussions.

“This event provides an environment for all stakeholders and community members to participate in a discussion about the shared interests of social and economic development on the Gold Coast,” said Professor Breen.

“It’s important to recognise the Gold Coast’s knowledge economies and utilise these for the betterment of culture on the Coast,” he said.

The panel of presenters at the forum include:

  • Michelle Tabet, Senior Strategic Designer, Arup Urban Informatics
  • Sahba Abedian, Managing Director, Sunland Group
  • Associate Professor Michael Blumenstein, Chairman, IT Forum Gold Coast
  • Dr Lucy Cameron, Principal Policy Officer, Policy and Research, Digital Economy and Creative Industries
  • Simon Goodrich, National President, Australian Interactive Media Industry Association (AIMIA)

The forum will explore how IT can be incorporated into the cultural precinct functionally and creatively. Based in Sydney, panellist and urbanist Michelle Tabet has seen how information technology can influence urban spaces and design.

“Data has become another input into creative expression. Data-based arts open up the realm of interactivity, crowdsourcing and city-scale interventions that have never been possible before,” she said.

The forum will commence at 5:30pm on Wednesday November 21, in the Paradise Showroom at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. The event is free, however registration is essential.

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