UCLG ASPAC (United Cities and Local Governments, Asia Pacific sector), Committee on Culture Workshops and Events, United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Jeju, Republic of Korea

In 2015 the UCLG ASPAC (United Cities and Local Governments, Asia Pacific sector), established a Committee on Culture and invited CDN to be an advisor to that committee.  Since then, CDN has worked with UCLG ASPAC, the Jeju Cifal and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to present cultural planning and evaluation workshops to its members from across the Asia Pacific.

CDN has presented the Cultural Development Planning Framework, the schema of measurable cultural outcomes and more recently introduced the WhiteBox outcomes planning platform to the participating Asia Pacific members of UCLG ASPAC.

Local, regional and national governments participating from the following nations

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam.

The following workshops have been presented.

29 May–1 June 2018, Jeju, Republic of Korea
Cultural Development for Sustainable Island Tourism in the Asia-Pacific Region

12-15 September 2017, Jeju, Republic of Korea
Policy Workshop: Cultural Tourism for Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific Region

10-13 May 2017, Jeju, Republic of Korea
Cultural Tourism or Sustainable Urban Development in the Asia-Pacific Region

26-29 September 2016, Jeju, Republic of Korea
Cultural Tourism Development: Public Space and Cultural Landscape Management in the Asia-Pacific Region

28 June–1 July 2016, Jeju, Republic of Korea
Capacity Building on Cultural Tourism Development in Asia and the Pacific Region

Regional Arts Australia Webinar: Re-imagining, re-thinking, re-generating regional places, May 2016

Host: Ben Eltham

Presenters: Dr. Kim Dunphy, Justin O’Connor, Marcus Westbury

Culture is being promoted as a driver, a method and an endpoint of regional development. It is at the core of many current models for regeneration, designed to ignite a myriad of outcomes. But how realistic is this? Is it naive to talk of culture-led recovery in communities suffering high-level unemployment and infrastructure issues? What are some of the innovative models being used for culture-led regeneration across regional Australia? What are the opportunities for transformation in regional Australia? What are the obstacles? How can renewal be long-term, sustainable? How can it be measured? What might we have to change in our understanding of both culture and economy, to really move forwards?

Host: Ben Eltham is an Australian writer, journalist, researcher, creative producer and social commentator. He is New Matilda’s National Affairs Correspondent and a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development.


Dr Kim Dunphy is the Research Program Manager of the Cultural Development Network, Victoria, Australia, where she contributes to knowledge about cultural development, particularly in the local government sector. CDN advocates for the essential function of arts and cultural expression in the development of creative, healthy, engaged and sustainable communities. The main question Kim seeks to answer in her research is what difference the work makes and how we would know. Topics include planning and evaluation in the arts, cultural indicators, community revitalization, expressive arts and creative arts therapy.

Marcus Westbury is a broadcaster, writer, media maker and festival director who has been responsible for some of Australia’s more innovative, unconventional and successful cultural projects and events. He has also worked across a range of media as a writer, producer, director and presenter covering fields as diverse as culture, art, media, urban planning, sport and politics. In 2008 Marcus founded Renew Newcastle – a low budget, not for profit, DIY urban renewal scheme that has attracted interest from around the world. Marcus is also founder of Renew Australia – a national scheme to make temporarily empty spaces incubators for arts, community and creative projects. This year he was appointed CEO of the Contemporary Arts Precinct, a new cross-disciplinary cultural precinct, in Collingwood. His book ‘Creating Cities’ came out last year.

Justin O’Connor is a cultural activist and an acknowledged global expert on cultural economies. Currently he is Professor of Communications and Cultural Economy at Monash University and visiting chair at Shanghai Jiaotong University. Until 2012 he was Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology.  He has taught performance and cultural industries at the University of Leeds, and between 1995 and 2006 was Director of Manchester Institute for Popular Culture at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has written widely on changing cultures and his recently published Platform Paper ‘After the Creative Industries’ is detailed here:

Listen to the webinar here



Webinar: Re-imagining, re-thinking, re-generating regional places

Winter Webinar Series presented by Regional Arts Australia: 

Burning Slow – Blazing Bright: Igniting and Fuelling Conversations about Arts & Culture in Regional & Remote Australia

Re-imagining, re-thinking, re-generating regional placesç, May 2016

 Ben Eltham
Presenters: Dr. Kim Dunphy, CDN; Professor Justin O’Connor and Marcus Westbury. 

This event looks at questions: What are some of the innovative models being used for culture-led regeneration across regional Australia? What are the opportunities for transformation in regional Australia? What are the obstacles? How can renewal be long-term, sustainable? How can it be measured? What might we have to change in our understanding of both culture and economy, to really move forwards? Information

Recording of the webinar available here

Creating Australia and the Cultural Development Network Announce Merge

Creating Australia (CA) Executive Chairman Sue-Anne Wallace and Chair of the Cultural Development Network (CDN) Paul Holton today announced merge plans for the two organisations. The announcement was made following the signing of a Deed of Merger in Melbourne today which confirms a completion date in late January 2016. Read the media release here

New publication out now: ‘Making Culture Count: the Politics of Cultural Measurement’


Edited by Lachlan MacDowall, Marnie Badham, Emma Blomkamp and Kim Dunphy. 

Edited by CDN Research Program Manager and colleagues from the Victorian College of the Arts Centre for Cultural Partnerships, Making Culture Count brings together diverse perspectives from scholars, policy-makers and creative practitioners to explore the burgeoning field of cultural measurement and its implications. The publication was inspired by CDN and VCA-CCP’s conference of the same name in 2012. The book is now available through Palgrave MacMillan. Read more about : Making Culture Count

New entry-level employment trainee program for the Creative Sector

ArtsReady equips young Australians with the experience and qualifications necessary to make a meaningful and ongoing contribution to the arts and creative industries. The program links trainees with partner organisations to deliver quality workplace experiences and industry recognised qualifications, while providing support every step of the way as trainees build a career.

More information

Last call for papers: Public Pedagogies Conference, Victoria University, 12 and 13 November 2015

The conference seeks to engage people who participate with learning and teaching in practice, research and evaluation of public pedagogies and invites discussion on the challenges, achievements and best practice in this field.

Presentation: Outcomes of urban place-making projects: a holistic assessment

logo-globalcitiesThe Regional Studies Association Inaugural Australasian Conference, Melbourne, August 2015

Presenter: Dr. Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager, Cultural Development Network

Yuji Weisgard, Intern, Cultural Development Network and Roskilde University, Denmark presented by Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager, CDN Principal Research Fellow, Global Cities Research Institute, RMIT University.

This research explores the intersection between cultural and urban development. Drawing on concepts of place and place-making, by approaching cultural initiatives as places and a planning process as a place-making process, the report demonstrates how the two fields of cultural and urban development intersect. The research from this presentation invites us to consider how proper assessment of cultural initiatives could benefit planning processes. Included are two case studies from Melbourne and Copenhagen, where an assessment framework devised by CDN has been used to evaluate cultural initiatives within several value domains.

This research was presented at the conference ‘Rethinking the Region and Regionalism in Australasia: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century” organised as part of the Regional Studies Association Inaugural Australasian Conference in Melbourne, on August 31- September 2, 2015. The conference explored themes from all areas of regional analysis, with a particular focus on the ‘cultural’ dimension of change.

Download Conference Presentation

Social Practice in the Arts Seminar Series 2013

The Culture and Community Researchers’ Network has been re-launched by the Centre for Cultural Partnerships, University of Melbourne as practice-in-research seminars focusing on the growing prevalence and resonance of ‘social practice’ across the arts and community art. It aims to be relevant for MFA, PhD and other emerging researchers who have an interest in participatory, relational and socially-engaged practices. The speakers are from across a variety of practices, research experiences and interests on specific themes. New participants and visitors welcome.

The group meets on selected Tuesdays, 3-5pm, Art Auditorium, School of Art, Gate 4, Dodds Street, VCA Southbank.

Information on seminars for Semester 2, 2013: SPA Seminar Series 2013
Enquiries: Dr. James Oliver,

Information about past events of the network available here.

Yarra Ranges Council recognised by international local government body

The Victorian Shire of Yarra Ranges Council was recognised by the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) ‘International Award UCLG – Mexico City – Culture 21’ for its cultural planning and has been recommended as good practice.  We congratulate Shire of Yarra Ranges Council for submitting their 2008-2013 plan to the international jury and for being selected.

Jury Citation: The Jury highlights the long-term vision and commitment of Yarra Ranges (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) with its project “Cultural Policy and Action Plan 2008-2013.” The Jury values the importance of the local cultural strategies which are developed through consultation with the community, incorporate elements of innovation, and are implemented in coordination with urban actors (including, therefore, cultural actors and the rest of the key actors of a society: civic, social, economic, etc.). All these elements are present in the Yarra Ranges project. The Jury recognizes that the project links cultural values with democratic governance, citizen participation and sustainable development of Yarra Ranges. The Jury requests that the UCLG Committee on Culture promotes this project as a good practice.

Information of the UCLG Committee on Culture

Information on the Awards

UCLG Award – Yarra Ranges


Hawthorn Town Hall re-emerges as the Hawthorn Arts Centre

Feature article from February ebulletin: Please Credit 2013 JIM LEE PHOTO
‘Hawthorn Town Hall re-emerges as the Hawthorn Arts Centre, heralding a new era of arts and culture in Melbourne’s East’, by Eli Newton, Coordinator, Programming and Development, Hawthorn Arts Centre
On 1 October 2013, Melbourne’s newest arts centre opened its doors.  After 18 months of redevelopment, the former Hawthorn Town Hall was reopened as the Hawthorn Arts Centre.  The new Hawthorn Arts Centre is the City of Boroondara’s flagship arts venue and exists alongside the municipality’s other established cultural facilities, Town Hall Gallery and Kew Court House. Read more

Monthly Feature Article: ‘Consultation key to continuing Banyule’s rich artistic and cultural heritage well into the future’, by Ella Hinkley, Arts and Culture Team Leader, Banyule City Council.

Banyule Council respects and values its role in advocating for arts and culture within their community and in early 2012 the Leisure and Cultural Services team embarked on a process to develop a new four year 2013 – 2017 Arts Plan for Banyule. Read about this process and how Banyule Council is committed to supporting artistic and cultural activities that will continue to build on its cultural heritage for generations to come. Download article: Continuing Banyule’s rich artistic and cultural heritage.

Monthly feature article: ‘Creating Creative Communities and Cultural Places’ Bec Cole, Wyndham City Council

Cultural planning in a local government context is not an easy task. The consultation process needs to be thorough and as a result can be lengthy. This month we are feature an article from Bec Cole describing the recent cultural planning process that was undertaken by the Wyndham City Council. Bec begins her article: ‘Embarking on a new strategy, plan or policy is never an easy undertaking. Cultural Planning is particularly fraught as the first conversation is usually the one about defining what cultural development actually is – what is in the scope and what is not.’  She outlines the key areas, processes, benefits and difficulties associated with local government cultural planning. Read further Creating Creative Communities and Cultural Places article.

Visit the Experience Wyndham website, Arts and Culture.

New Journal: ENCATC Scholar

ENCATC has officially launched the new /encatcSCHOLAR – an online publication designed to be a unique tool for education and lifelong learning on arts and cultural management and policy. Website:

Would you like to contribute to the next issues of the /encatcSCHOLAR? ENCATC is now accepting contributions until the 30 August 2013 deadline. Submissions may be sent to Giannalia Cogliandro Beyens, ENCATC Secretary General
The /encatcSCHOLAR is an initiative of ENCATC with the technical support of Trànsit Projectes and it is supported by the European Commission.

Position vacant: Cultural Project Officer, Eastern Palliative Care

Applications close: May 10, 2013

Eastern Palliative Care is a not-for-profit organisation that delivers home-based palliative care to clients and their carers living within the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne.

It is expanding its service to include a role which will help us better engage with our local CALD communities, particularly, those residents whose first language is Mandarin or Cantonese.
Position Description:
For further information, contact Louise Hogan, Manager Human Resources and Public Relations on 1300 130 813. Email your application for these vacancies to or post to Angela Grigoriou – Executive Assistant & HR Officer, Eastern Palliative Care, PO Box 227, Nunawading Vic  3131.

Global Poetics @ Footscray Community Arts Centre

Global Poetics – Anis Mojgani

Sunday 26 May
Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray
TEDx speaker, two time winner of the USA Poetry Slam Competition and winner of the World Cup Poetry Slam, Texas-based Anis Mojgani brings his ‘geek genius’ poetry stylings to Footscray Community Arts Centre. Information.



Special subscription price for new journal Creativity and Human Development

Special subscription price for new journal Creativity & Human Development 

In celebration of World Creativity & Innovation Week, the new journal Creativity & Human Development (ejournal website: is  currently offering 18 months’ subscription for the price of 12.  This journal has now reached 87 countries and has an increasing Twitter and Facebook following.

Local Government roles in Creative Industries and Cultural Tourism, VIVID IDEAS Symposium

Local Government NSW presents a VIVID IDEAS Symposium on ‘Local Government roles in Creative Industries & Cultural Tourism’.
4 June, 9:40am– 7pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Registration includes an evening function and is fully catered. 

• Live Music and Events Industry
• Film Industry
• Aboriginal Arts and Culture
• Pairing creative enterprises with vacant spaces
• Cultural Facilities – as destinations and facilitating point of sale

The symposium will:
• Present emerging policy and industry trends
• Explore potential implications and opportunities
• Share case studies of what is working on the ground
• Identify methods for integrating cultural planning and measuring outcomes
• Facilitate a process to maximise collaboration

$345each, or $295each for group bookings (3+ delegates).
A travel/accommodation subsidy of $100 is available for rural and regional councils by application.
Register online through Vivid Sydney:

Wyndham City Council, Creative Communities & Cultural Places

Wyndham City Council, Creative Communities & Cultural Places
The public comment period for Council’s draft Arts and Culture strategy – Creative Communities & Cultural Places is open from now until 5pm Tuesday 23 April 2013. Council will be offering a range of opportunities for community validation of the draft strategy before the final draft strategy is formally endorsed at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Monday 27 May 2013.
The draft strategy is available to download from Council’s website. All participants in the consultation process for the draft strategy will be contacted directly for their feedback- this includes those who attended focus groups as well as those who filled in the online survey in August 2012. The arts and broader communities are also invited to attend a “Community Validation Party” on Wednesday 10 April at 6:30pm. At this event we will be asking for community validation of the draft strategy as well as celebrating the next phase of Arts and Cultural development in Wyndham. Any further questions or comments about the draft strategy or the consultation process can be forwarded to or call Jamie Smith, Arts and Cultural Development Coordinator on 9742 0777.

Bite the Big Apple! New York Arts & Cultural Management Tour™, 7 to 11 October 2013

Bite the Big Apple! New York Arts & Cultural Management Tour™, 7 to 11 October 2013

A unique professional development opportunity for Australian arts professionals. Link with New York’s arts leaders while experiencing one of the world’s most dynamic arts and culturally diverse cities! Be part of this extraordinary program! Enquiries:;

Preserving Timor’s Ancient Tales

This show presents the story of Our Culture: Many Different Stories, a community theatre production hosted by Many Hands International in Lospalos, Timor-Leste.

This performance was the first ever of its kind for the town.  It was led by accomplished Australian theatre director Catherine Simmonds as the final event in her recent Asialink residency in Timor-Leste.   The cast of 48 Lospalos locals included lianain (cultural elders), vaihoho (traditional a cappella) singers, theatre group members and local weavers.
Listen to the fascinating story of its development and production. The program features interviews with Director Catherine, her 11 year old son Luca who acted as project camera man, Project Co-ordinator Kim Dunphy and Lospalos local Celes Soares, who combined his roles as director’s assistant and interpreter with that of lead dancer and actor.

Graduate Certificate in Art and Community Engagement (GCACE)

A new pathway for Artists/Designers/Musicians/Performers/Filmmakers and Community Practitioners and those working in Multi-disciplinary and Intercultural Practice.

The Graduate Certificate in Art and Community Engagement (GCACE) offers a new pathway for Artists/Designers/Musicians/Performers/Filmmakers and Community Practitioners and those working in Multi-disciplinary and Intercultural Practice. A highly practical processional development course, integrating arts, culture and community and preparing and exciting pathway in the creative arts as a community –based practice, offered by the Centre for Cultural Partnerships, Faculty of VCA & MCM. Taking place in November 2012 as a 4 week intensive course at VCA & MCM, Southbank. For additional Information please contact Sue Clark or phone 90359066

Laughing Waters Artist Residence – Call for 2013 Proposals

Laughing Waters Artist-in-Residence 2013 program is now open for proposals. Nillumbik Shire Council

Contemporary artists of any discipline are invited to apply for residencies for one to four months duration between April and November 2013. Laughing Waters artist residencies provide opportunities for professional development and community engagement. They are located in protected and secluded Eltham bushlands and allow artists the use of historic homes and studio spaces. Application forms are available at For more information please contact the Cultural Development Officer on 9433 3126 or .


Making Culture Count: Rethinking Measures of Cultural Vitality, Well-being and Citizenship Conference, May 2012, proceedings now available


Making Culture Count audio recordings and images now on-line.

CDN is pleased to advise that documentation of the Making Culture Count conference is now complete. The conference website includes papers, PowerPoint presentations, audio recordings and photos available for free download. These include audio recordings of Associate Professor Eleonora Belfiore’s keynote presentation on Thriving on measurement? Articulating ‘cultural value’ in a policy context and Dr Maria Rosario Jackson’s keynote presentation on Making Culture Count: Measuring What Matters, and Measuring Cultural Vitality
 at the workshop for local government professionals.

Australia Council Review

The Australia Council review has just been released.

Click here for the report:


CDN has moved

After more than ten years based at the City of Melbourne and a product of the City of Melbourne, the Cultural Development Network has moved to join with the Global Cities Research Institute at RMIT University. The GCRI and CDN have developed a strong research partnership in the past and has collaborated on several public events and the development of new work. Cultural Development Network Board and staff are grateful to the support that the City of Melbourne has given to CDN and looks forward to a continuing collaboration on existing projects and new partnerships in the future.

Please note our new phone numbers, location and postal address below.
Phone: (03) 9925 0282 / Fax: 03 9925 0284
Office: Level 2, 17 -23 Lygon Street (RMIT University Building 96), Carlton South, Victoria, Australia.

Postal address: PO Box 48, Carlton South Victoria 3053 – Google Map / Street View
All email and website addresses remain the same.

The role of participatory arts in social change in Timor Leste

Culture and Community Researchers’ Network

The role of participatory arts in social change in Timor Leste
Kim Dunphy, PhD candidate, International and Community Development, Deakin University

My PhD research examines the role of participatory arts in social change in East Timor. Data comes from case studies of long and short term participatory arts initiatives, involving community music, theatre and visual arts. This paper presents my preliminary findings, especially outcomes for stakeholders; participants, artistic leaders, host organizations and the wider community. Issues of concern and challenges arising from the research will also be discussed.

Kim Dunphy (B.A., Grad Dip Movement and Dance, M Ed) is undertaking her PhD research in International and Community Development at Deakin University. Kim is also the Program Manager of the Cultural Development Network and a director of non government organisation, Many Hands International, that seeks to promote cultural-asset based community development in Timor Leste.

Excerpt from UCLG Policy Statement on culture: United Cities and Local Governments

The members of United Cities and Local Governments share the vision that culture is the fourth pillar of sustainable development.
United Cities and Local Governments calls on cities and local and regional governments around the world to:

  • integrate the dimension of culture into their development policies;
  • develop a solid cultural policy;
  • include a cultural dimension in all public policies;
  • promote the idea of culture as the fourth pillar internationally, in particular in international policy making.

United Cities and Local Governments calls on national governments to:

  • bring a cultural perspective to national development plans as a whole;
  • establish concrete objectives and actions concerning culture in areas such as education, the economy, science, communication, environment, social cohesion and international cooperation;
  • promote the idea of culture as the fourth pillar internationally, in particular in international policy making.

United Cities and Local Governments calls on the United Nations, development agencies and the international community to:

  • explicitly integrate culture into programmes on sustainable development;
  • promote the international debate on the implications of the inclusion of culture as fourth pillar of development;
  • foster the inclusion of culture in international policy making.

Find out more about the UCLG Policy Statement on Culture on these websites:
Agenda 21
United Cities & Local Governments
Download the PDF: Fourth Pillar UCLG Policy Statement

Local Global Journal special edition

ReGenerating Community: Arts, community and governance.

This journal features keynote presentations, peer-reviewed and practitioner articles based on presentations from the ReGenerating Community: Arts, Community and Governance Conference in September 2009.  Articles address the major issues of the conference: how can community relationships be built across the divide of those who govern and those who are governed? how can the arts address issues of relevance for communities across Australia and the world?

Co-edited by RMIT’s Globalism Research Centre and the Cultural Development Network.

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The Fourth Pillar


‘The Fourth Pillar’ book is available again as a hard copy.
Buy a hard copy online, using your credit card
$29 including postage within Australia or $33 to other countries.

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The book is also available as a pdf for free download:
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Agenda 21 for Culture

Agenda 21 for Culture – United Cities and Local Governments’ policy statement on cultural development LogoA21c_es

Agenda 21 for Culture is the first document with a worldwide mission to support the  cultural development role of cities and local governments. It was developed by the

Commission for Culture of United Cities and Local Governments (the international peak body for local government) in 2006  and adopted by the Executive Bureau of UCLG

It advocates culture as the ‘Fourth Pillar’ of sustainable development, adding a fourth dimension to the three already existing pillars of economic viability, social inclusion and environmental November 2010. Agenda21_e

The Cultural Development Network seek to promote this conception of cultural development as a significant role of local government in Victoria and Australia, and our activities focus around this goal.

Culture: Fourth Pillar of Sustainable Development – Policy Statement

These further documents are available from the Agenda 21 website:
Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development
Millennium Development Goals, local govermments and culture
Document 1: Agenda 21 for culture
Document 2: Advice on local implementation of the Agenda 21 for culture
Document 3: Cultural indicators and Agenda 21 for culture
Report 1: Local policies for cultural diversity
Report 2: Culture, local governments and Millennium Development Goals
Report 3: Agenda 21 for culture in France. State of affairs and outlook
Report 4: Culture and sustainable development: examples of institutional innovation and proposal of a new cultural policy profile
Report 5: Cities, cultures and developments. A report that marks the fifth anniversary of Agenda 21 for culture

Culture is the Fourth Pillar of Sustainable Development

The UCLG Policy Statement “Culture: the Fourth Pillar of Sustainable Development” adopted by the Executive Bureau of UCLG in November 2010 allows developing a fourth dimension to the three already existing pillars: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental balance.

Download the policy statement

Report on Conference: Agenda 21 for Culture meeting and Interaccio conference, Barcelona, Spain, October 2006

Conference report by: Kim Dunphy, Manager, Sue Beal, Chair and John Hawkes, Resident Cultural Analyst, Cultural Development Network

Report on visit to Barcelona by Kim Dunphy, Manager, Sue Beal, Chair and Jon Hawkes, invited keynote speaker at the First meeting of the Working Group on Culture, United Cities for Local Government, and Hawkes’ keynote speech at the ‘Interaccio’ conference on cultural policy to 600 European delegates, all interested in the relationship of culture and local government.

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