More than 200 participants are expected to come together in a unique and thought-provoking two-day event in Upwey.
For the second year running, a suite of community groups in the south eastern regions of Victoria, will come together to share stories and ideas, network and make valuable connections.
Aptly named ‘Fusion’ – the art of connection, the innovative unconference will bring together local artists, community groups, cultural industries, together with arts and cultural organisations from six councils to inspire and provoke.
The councils participating in Fusion include The City of Casey, Cardinia Shire Council, Bass Coast, Baw Baw, South Gipplsand and Yarra Ranges Council.
Following the unconference model, this event is about empowering attendees to share their expertise and experiences with each other, offering participants the opportunity to have an unfiltered exchange of innovative ideas.
Fusion will give participants the opportunity for individuals or groups to facilitate their own discussions. Participants may want to present a project, request feedback on a new bid idea, facing an issue you want to discuss or simply an opportunity to connect with like-minded people.
According to Gareth Hart, Independent Arts Producer and Community Cultural Development Officer, Burrinja, the beauty and ingenuity of the two days is that no pre-planning is required, with participants to bring their expertise, passion, ideas and conversation. Organisers will guide the informal process on the day to maximise outcomes.
“It is a such an organic way to get a diverse mix of people and groups in one space for a common cause and that is to exchange ideas and create a dialogue which can be used in their business and their day to day lives.
“Through Fusion, we are hoping to nurture stronger relationships between artists, cultural organisations, entrepreneurs, businesses and local government in eastern Victoria, inspiring creative excellence across the region.”
A range of accommodation options are available as well as shared transport options. Contact your local Council for more information.