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Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu to Visit Australia to Deepen Collaboration in Sports and Culture

26 September 2017

1. Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu will be travelling to Melbourne and Adelaide, Australia from 27 – 29 Sep 2017. She will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on sports cooperation between Australia and Singapore in Melbourne, and attend the inaugural Australia-Singapore Cultural Leaders’ Forum in Adelaide. 


Australia-Singapore MOU on Sports Cooperation


2. On 27 Sep 2017, Minister Fu and Australian Minister for Sport Greg Hunt will be signing an MOU to further bilateral cooperation in sports between Singapore and Australia through training and exchange programmes. This follows the expiry of a previous three-year MOU signed in 2013. 


Inaugural Australia-Singapore Cultural Leaders’ Forum


3. Following the signing of the MOU, Minister Fu will travel to Adelaide to attend the inaugural Australia-Singapore Cultural Leaders’ Forum. Starting on 28 Sep 2017, the two-day Forum is a key initiative arising from the Australia-Singapore Arts Group (ASAG), which was established in 2016 to further collaborations and strengthen the arts and cultural sectors of both countries. The Forum will bring together over 150 cultural leaders from Australia and Singapore, including policy makers and key representatives from museums, as well as arts centres and educational institutions (see Annex A for list of Singapore participants). At the Forum, participants will share best practices and explore possible collaborations to build capability in areas such as education, youth and multiculturalism; policy making in creative cities; audience development; and forging creative connections. Minister Fu and Australian Minister Mitch Fifield (Minister for Communications, and Minister for the Arts) will deliver keynote addresses on the first day of the Forum. The Forum is held in conjunction with OzAsia Festival, an international arts festival focusing on Asia. 


4. On the sidelines of the Forum, Minister Fu and Minister Fifield will discuss plans to deepen exchanges through ASAG (see Annex B for background on ASAG). The ASAG meeting will include the ASAG Co-Chairs Rosa Daniel (Deputy Secretary (Culture), Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and Chief Executive, National Arts Council Singapore) and Dr Mathew Trinca (Director, National Museum of Australia). While in Adelaide, Minister Fu will also attend the “After Utopia” exhibition, curated by the Singapore Art Museum, which is on show at the Samstag Museum as part of OzAsia. She will also catch performances by Singaporean artists participating in OzAsia, including the musical trio SA the collective, and the W!ld Rice stage production Hotel. 

5. Minister Fu says, “Sports and culture play important roles in bridging communities, building pride in our nation and strengthening our national identity. Over the years, there have been many exchanges with Australia in sports and arts, including capability development programmes, artefact loans and artist exchanges. Through the signing of the Sports MOU and the inaugural Australia-Singapore Cultural Leaders’ Forum, there will be more opportunities for both countries to come together and collaborate. I look forward to more of such exchanges, so that we can strive for greater sports and arts excellence, as well as strengthen our sports and cultural sector.” 


The list of key Singapore Participants at inaugural Australian-Singapore Cultural Leaders' Forums can be found in Annex A. Information about the Australia-Singapore Arts Group (ASAG) can be found in Annex B.

Annex A - List of Key Singapore Participants at Inaugural Australia-Singapore Cultural Leaders' Forum

Annex B - About the Australia-Singapore Arts Group (ASAG)

Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth 

26 September 2017

Last Updated: 27 September 2017

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