What will happen with my feedback for the draft Arts & Culture Strategy?

We value your feedback on the draft Strategy and all comments will be reviewed and considered in finalising the Strategy.


How can you get involved & share your view?

You are invited to have your say about the draft Arts & Culture Strategy and help Council understand whether the document reflects the needs and priorities of the community.

Please review the draft strategy and provide feedback by completing the survey.


When will the draft Arts & Culture Strategy be finalised and implemented?

The draft Arts & Culture Strategy will be revised based on the community consultation provided and submitted for final Council approval in June 2019. Implementation will begin immediately from when the Strategy is endored by Counicl.

Who can we contact for more information?

Send an email: mail@holdfast.sa.gov.au or call Jenni on 8229 9969 


What is Arts & Culture?

The arts refer to a range of creative activity including music, film, writing and literature, dance and performance, and a diversity of visual arts such as painting, sculpture, murals and the making of objects.

Cultural activity is a broad term that describes how we express who we are; our shared beliefs, customs and traditions - through food, language, music, dance projects, events and festivals.

We know that arts and culture play a vital role in:

  • driving economic development and tourism
  • strengthening social cohesion and inclusion
  • and revitalises our public spaces.

These benefits are felt across the life-course (for children, families, young people, adults and seniors) and across diverse cultures, socio-economics and abilities.

This is only possible because arts and culture:

  • enriches our minds and lives
  • stimulates our imagination
  • and creates experiences that deepen our sense of meaning and connection with each other, the places we live and the wider world.

Our creative and cultural life emerges from a rich ecology of interdependent elements including:

  • People - the greatest capacity will come from creative people during creative things locally – artists, creative practitioners and cultural producers, across the spectrum from amateur to student to professional. Creative capability and talent as well the curiosity and interest of audiences and participants.
  • Partnerships – the relationships between local arts and cultural institutions and organisations as well as others across Adelaide and beyond.
  • Spaces - infrastructure, venues, public places and public art assets.
  • Experiences - activities and events.
  • Systems - policies, processes and funding.
  • Context – this place, the unique natural environment, the remarkable First Peoples cultural history and heritage as well as migrant experiences.

What is an Arts & Culture Strategy?

The Arts & Culture Strategy is a document that outlines a vision, for the coordination, development and management of Arts & Culture over the next 5 years throughout the City of Holdfast Bay. An Action Plan will also be developed to ensure the ambition of the strategy is focused and delivered effectively. 

Why are we doing the Arts & Culture Strategy?

The City of Holdfast Bay acknowledges the unique value of arts and culture in:
  • the activation of public places and spaces through public art and other art and cultural activities
  • celebrating history and respect and respond to the city’s heritage through art and cultural activities
  • building a culture of creativity that values the potential contribution of artists in all areas of Council
  • contributing to the economy through employment, professional development and creating opportunities for artists
  • identifying potential opportunities to promote and celebrate our European and Aboriginal history and culture
  • unveiling opportunities to enhance cultural venues and places
  • creating opportunities for the community and visitors to engage and participate in arts and culture through events, performances, activations, exhibitions, and other activities
  • deepening our understanding and connection to the Aboriginal cultural and heritage of the area
  • building creative skills to support meaningful employment and business into the future 
  • raising awareness among the community of the value and role of arts and culture in the city
  • strengthening community identity. 


What are the benefits of Arts and Culture to the community?

We know that arts and culture play a vital role in:

  • driving economic development and tourism
  • strengthening social cohesion and inclusion
  • and revitalising our public spaces.

These benefits are experienced across the life-course (from children and families, young people, adults and seniors) and across diverse cultures, socio-economics and abilities.

This is only possible because arts and culture:

  • enriches our minds and lives
  • stimulates our imagination
  • and creates experiences that deepen our sense of meaning and connection with each other, the places we live and the wider world.

Our creative and cultural life emerges from a rich ecology of interdependent elements including:

  • People - the greatest capacity will come from creative people during creative things locally – artists, creative practitioners and cultural producers, across the spectrum from amateur to student to professional. Creative capability and talent as well the curiosity and interest of audiences and participants.
  • Partnerships – the relationships between local arts and cultural institutions and organisations as well as others across Adelaide and beyond.
  • Spaces - infrastructure, venues, public places and public art assets.
  • Experiences - activities and events.
  • Systems - policies, processes and funding.
  • Context – this place, the unique natural environment, the remarkable First Peoples cultural history and heritage as well as migrant experiences.