The Australian Government in investing in projects to boost our engagement in the global arts scene.

A large animatronic puppet walks through excited crowds on a bridge.
Image Credit: Amal on Adana Bridge © Andre Liohn © The Walk Productions

Four projects will share in close to $500,000 in Australian Government funding delivered under the International Cultural Diplomacy Arts Fund. The projects aim to develop networks between Australian creatives and their international peers—supporting more global opportunities for Australian artists and introducing diverse audiences to new works here and overseas.

The successful projects are:

  • $225,000 to the Adelaide Film Festival to support an international exchange with the Indonesian Jogja NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF), strengthening ties between the Australian and Indonesian film industries.
  • $119,340 to support the travel costs of Little Amal—a giant, partly-animatronic puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee child—to audiences at the Adelaide Festival.
  • $70,000 to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to support a reciprocal residency exchange program with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
  • $58,466 to support Communicating, Convening, Commoning, a collaborative exhibition between the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Seoul Museum of Art and the Singapore Art Museum, featuring several First Nations artists.

By providing opportunities for Australian stories to connect with people at home and abroad, ICDAF supports a key pillar of our National Cultural Policy, Revive.