Play, Creativity and Culture Symposium

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University of Canberra, Bruce Campus

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Bruce, ACT, Australia

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Play holds a vital place in adult cultural practice.

Play engages and provokes. It builds community. It alters perspective. It creates, educates, distracts, disrupts and transforms. It is a resource that can help us confront and address the complexities of 21st century life.

In this symposium we explore the concepts, practices and potential of play within cities. We consider what play means in the current context. We ask what role play can have in city environments: for individual and community wellbeing; for creativity, collaboration and innovation; and for engagement and pleasure.

We also explore Canberra as a site of play, and consider possibilities for the future. Canberra’s reputation as a *yawn* place to live and visit is seriously changing, and play has and can continue to contribute to this change.

Our vision is to make Canberra a truly ‘playful’ city – one that inspires people (and other creatures!) to engage in play in myriad and diverse ways.

We have an exciting national line up of speakers whose pioneering work in urban play, well-being, creativity and cultural practice will provoke you to think differently about the possibilities of play:

Session 1: Urban Play, Creativity and Wellbeing 9.30 - 1.00pm

 David Caffery, Director, Dionysus, Canberra 9.45 – 10.30am

 Robert Reid, Artistic Director, Pop Up Playground, Melbourne 10.30 – 11.15am

 Dr Mark Seton, Creative Director, Sense Connexions, Sydney11.30 – 12.15pm

 Dr Maggie Haertsch, CEO, Arts Health Institute, Sydney 12.15 – 1.00pm

 

Workshop: Canberra - a Playful City? 1.30 - 2.30pm

Facilitators: Associate Professor Jordan Williams and Dr Cathy Hope, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra 1.30 – 2.30pm


Session 2: Play, Urban Design and Wellbeing

Christopher Saunders, General Manager, Renew Newcastle, Newcastle 2.45 – 3.30pm

Dr Kate Bishop, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW, Sydney 3.30 – 4.14pm

Gregor Mews, Urban Synergies Group 4.30 – 5.15pm


Register online to book your place or for more details contact:

Dr Cathy Hope
Assistant Professor, Communication
Associate, Centre for Creative and Cultural Research
T | 02 6201 5818
cathy.hope@canberra.edu.au

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