'Public Displays of Affection: How Can Artists Rebrand Soft Power?' Conference Report

By Asialink Arts

Asialink Arts’ conference explored soft power agendas and the status of cultural diplomacy, creative exchange and artistic influence across the Asia-Pacific. The conference report invites deeper dialogue on the issues raised.

With the circulation of this report, we invite stakeholders to share their experiences, reflections and perspectives on issues raised. We welcome partnerships in gathering and documenting experiences and building a case for future investment that might prioritise organic, generous and experimental approaches.

Concurrently with responding to your suggestions, we are arranging a number of initial roundtables in Victoria, with the support of Creative Victoria.

The roundtables are designed to delve deeper into what the report describes as ‘development horizons.’ Through the events, we seek to gather ideas, knowledge and expertise from a diverse range of perspectives, prioritising less-heard voices.

The Victorian roundtables are the first in a series of state-based events to be held progressively in coming months. Five state roundtables will be convened for the first series.

The ultimate goal of the PDA program is to highlight regional best practices, reinforce the value of artistic exchange and influence, and formulate new investment opportunities for arts and culture. Bringing Australia and our regional partners together in dialogue, we aim to drive creative engagement between Australia and Asia to build a strong shared future.

Asialink Arts’ brief is national, and we are looking forward to delivering round tables in all states and territories.

Please contact us to share your ideas and let us know how you wish to participate.

Download the 'Public Displays of Affection' Conference Report