I’m very happy to welcome you to my hometown of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, on Wongatha land. I love living in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Goldfields for many reasons, including the layers of heritage, the striking landscape, the energetic creative industries and the feeling of constant change and possibility. It is very exciting to be able to share this with you.
In 2014 the Summit is about Arts & Edges. We Australians thrive on the edges of our country, but as you know many of us also live and work away from the coastal fringe, in our nation’s heart. At the core of Arts & Edges is three questions: What is at the centre? What is at the edges? And what are the possibilities? To spark up the fire of these ideas we have invited leading artists, thinkers and community innovators to share their approaches and work with us.
I am humbled and delighted by the epic support for the Summit, firstly from the artists and other cultural workers—the Summit is only possible because of you leaders. I note too the important leadership shown by our project partners, who understand the value of cultivating and investing in arts and cultural development. Our audiences are the final part of the magic, committing to a ticket in a leap of faith, taking a risk by seeing a fresh show, joining a workshop and a new creative experience or simply sharing the street-festival love and taking a few hot selfies with new friends.