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Platform Papers 11
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Platform Papers 11

A Regional State of Mind: Making Art Outside Metropolitan Australia

Lyndon Terracini
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What is the culture of our place, of our backyard? Lyndon Terracini, a baritone who spent thirty years in the opera houses of Europe before settling in the NSW town of Lismore, reveals the rich diversity of Australia’s country-town culture and makes a strong plea for its right to the same respect as metropolitan culture. With the rapid demographic changes presently taking place, he writes, our European traditions are fast becoming irrelevant. Preservation of our stories is as essential to our survival as our flora and fauna.

Terracini was director of the Queensland Music Festival 2000–2005 and of the 2006 Brisbane Festival. He has spent many months in the outback and in small towns, building huge collaborative performance works in which whole districts participated. He describes the commissioning of music and texts, the mixing of star practitioners with local workers, and the way the communities took ownership. A creative culture, he argues, can be life-changing.

Currency House | 978-0-97573-019-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB