Program Overview

The program has been designed to encourage an exchange of ideas, a deepening of relationships and a conversation around practice itself. In the mornings we assemble as one group for keynotes and panels, and in the afternoons we divide into multiple streams, with smaller working sessions and presentations alongside a program of intimate artistic trips to our national institutions before coming back together at the end of each day for a final session as a group and for drinks. In the evenings there is the artistic program of the Centenary of Canberra. At the heart of the Forum is a commissioned pop-up space designed by Imogen Keen, equipped with Wi-Fi and a barista, and the focal point for conversations and meetings.

Keynotes and Panels

Following a Welcome to Country and a Centenary welcome from Robyn Archer, we begin the Forum on Wednesday joined by Tipping Point delegates with an opening keynote by anthropologist Lenore Manderson and futurist Kristin Alford, both contributors to Australia 2050, released by the Australian Academy of Science. Tipping Point delegates depart and artist David Milroy presents a keynote offering his provocation about making, and his perspective of where we are headed. In the afternoon, we come back together to hear from our international guest Ria Papermoon, Indonesia. Ria has been supported by DFAT in line with Australia’s growing partnerships and artistic activity over the next two years.

On Thursday, we begin with New York’s Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper of Nature Theatre of Oklahoma, the creators of the extraordinary OK Radio. Pavol and Kelly are ‘in residence’ for the Forum and over three days will have microphones in hand engaging in a series of durational broadcasts. Following on, Stephen Armstrong will facilitate a conversation about vision and reinvention with artistic directors, associate artists and managers from the major theatre companies.

Early Friday morning, Theatre Network ACT invites state and national theatre networks and ATF delegates to an early morning breakfast on the summit of Mount Ainslie. Back at Canberra Theatre Centre restaurateur Nahji Chu ‘MissChu’ speaks about her approach to what’s not possible and breaking the rules. Following on, Wesley Enoch facilitates a panel with artistic directors of our state festivals talking around ‘the changing nature of Australian Festivals – or not?’

Working Sessions

On Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, the Forum divides into multiple streams with concurrent, smaller working sessions and presentations that thread together a range of discussions across the country and which have been curated in response to thoughts and reflections offered over the last six months. We are still shaping these discussions and it’s not too late to put your hand up and declare an idea or a burning question. These discussions will take place throughout the spaces of Canberra Theatre Centre and in the pop–up space.

Artistic Trips to National Institutions

Curated by Nat Randall and hosted by a series of curators at the National Film and Sound Archives, CSIRO, Australian War Memorial, National Gallery Australia, and National Library Australia these off-site artistic trips open the doors to private collections for intimate and personal tours. The institutions have designed each of these experiences, and alongside a sharing of knowledge is an acknowledgement of the role of artists in accessing and working with these extraordinary collections.

Evening Artistic Program

ATF2013 is part of the Centenary of Canberra and each evening delegates are free to make their way to a show of their choosing, including version 1.0’s ‘The Major Minor Party’, BoHo Interactive’s ‘Word Play’ or Shortis and Simpson’s ‘Prime Time’. In addition to the Centenary program is Max Cullen’s ‘How To Be (Or Not To Be) Lower’ at The Street, an exclusive ATF/Tipping Point reading of a new play by Hannie Rayson ‘Extinction’, and on Friday night the opening of Liz Lea’s InFlight. We have secured ticket discounts for ATF delegates. On Wednesday night we’ll join up again for late night drinks and a dance at The Street, accompanied by Canberra’s DJ Jemist.

Wrapping up

On Friday afternoon, we come together for the final sessions. Following a return of the 2011 Postcards From the Future, we wrap-up with Supper Club, hosted by Next Wave. Over wine and cheese, delegates articulate and distill the last three days, and make offers for the future, spurred on by a final set of provocateurs.