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Kultour is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its art funding and advisory body.





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"Technically we are all free to express ourselves. But when the cultural representations mirrored back to us don't reflect our diversity, we lose our sense of meaning. This is what binds us into a community and affirms that we belong. Without it we are rendered non-existent." Teresa Crea, Co-founder of Doppio Teatro, Australia


Pulse artist Chi Vu's Banh Chung

Banh Chung: more than a sensory treat

“Chi, who works mostly as a playwright, is one of the few writers of her generation anthologised in the recent Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature.”

Delia Falconer, The Australian

Artist Chi Vu presents a meditation on impermanence and transition caused by war, migration and peace.

Bánh chưng, a traditional Vietnamese rice cake that is an important element in every family’s celebration of Tet (the Lunar New Year), is also the essential ingredient of artist Chi Vu’s latest offering at Footscray Community Arts Centre, as part of Melbourne’s Big West Festival 2013. A unique and sensory performance installation, written and directed by Vu, Banh Chung features award-winning stage and screen actor Amanda Ma in a sculptural environment created by international visual artist Naomi Ota, with sound design by Bendigo-based Jacques Soddell.

‘In shaping this new work,’ says Vu, ‘I have drawn on increasingly rare traditional culinary practices, mythical legends and historical events associated with the Lunar New Year (Tet) as my inspiration, to confront the legacy of colonialism, war and mass migration experienced, or inherited, by people like me.’ Read more...

Pulse 2013/2014

PULSE, Kultour's artistic development program, builds upon the momentum of our annual touring program whilst providing a more holistic and tailored approach to the artistic development of an artist or company over a two-year period.

Kultour has identified that outside of touring there are myriad platforms and services that support an artist’s development and we are thrilled to be able to provide these opportunities to artists who are contributing to cultural diversity in the arts in Australia. Areas where we provide support are: producing, budgeting and finance, business acumen, funding/grant making processes, marketing, audience and/or community development, touring and establishing strategic partnerships and networks. Kultour also works with artists to identify and secure opportunities to undertake artistic internships, participate in artist-in residence programs, attend conferences and arts markets and other strategic presentation platforms.



Kultour Receives Major Funding from the Australia Council for the Arts

Kultour Receives Major Funding from the Australia Council for the Arts

Kultour has received confirmation from the Australia Council of multi-year core funding for 2014-2016 and an additional $150,000 from the Unfunded Excellence Pool for the delivery of a Special Initiative in 2014. Kultour CEO, Julie Tipene O’Toole has welcomed the announcement and thanks the Australia Council for their ongoing support and recognition of Kultour and the programs and services it delivers across Australia.


Cultural cringe? A step forward

Kultour CEO, Julie Tipene-O'Toole, applauds the statement made by Playwriting Australia's Artistic Director, Tim Roseman, "lamenting the lack of diversity of Australian actors on our stages" and agrees that this is only part of the problem.

"Much of the current argument surrounding culturally diverse representation and participation in the arts is founded on anecdotal discourse. Kultour has initiated an important research partnership to identify the compelling information and statistical data to reinforce our position and advocate for change " said Ms Tipene-O'Toole. "This research partnership will initially focus on the evidence measures to help monitor the presence of cultural diversity in the arts in Australia – to establish the current baseline and move forward". Read more...

Long Paddock Diary by Kane Forbes

An extract from Kane Forbes Long Paddock Diary published on Arts Hub.

I was extremely lucky to attend Right Here / Right Now! a forum produced and presented by Kultour following their KG2013 Laboratory. The KG2013 Laboratory brought a “cohort of 19 artists from around the country – 2 from each State and Territory” and 6 provocateurs together “to participate in a 48-hour laboratory intensive focusing on re-visioning and testing their creative concepts whilst sharing and investigating their artistic processes”. Right Here / Right Now!was an open forum that followed the Laboratory where arty folk (in particular those attending Long Paddock) could gather to interrogate “language and labels, contexts and concepts, frameworks and futures, options and opportunities, perceptions and presentation”.

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