At the launch of the draft Dunedin arts and culture strategy last night are (from left) Dunedin city councillors Jinty MacTavish and Aaron Hawkins and Transforming Dunedin member Pip Laufiso. Photo by Linda Robertson.
A draft arts and culture strategy was launched last night
aimed at helping Dunedin ''produce and seduce'' more creative
Dunedin city councillor Jinty MacTavish, who spoke at the
launch at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, said the draft
Dunedin arts and culture strategy Ara Toi Otepoti: Our
Creative Future had been ''gestating'' since 2010.
The document was designed to be a platform for the growth and
development of arts and culture in the city ''rather than
being a prescriptive direction'', she said.
The council had worked with arts and culture collective
Transforming Dunedin to create the document, which had
revealed the importance of art and culture to Dunedin and its
benefits to the city's residents, including social and
Cr Aaron Hawkins, who helped develop the document and
compered the launch, said Dunedin had an ''amazing history of
producing and seducing some of the world's finest creative
He said the more than 120 people at the launch had
congregated to celebrate the city's ''creative backbone'' and
discuss ways to make it stronger.
The draft was designed to stimulate discussion, he said.
''It's an invitation to fresh energy and new ideas, and a
signal that now is the time to bring them on.''
The draft strategy is at www.dunedin.govt.nz/aratoi
and the consultation runs until October 3.