UNESCO Creative Cities initiatives (Australia, Singapore)


Through the support of the Australian Department of Communications and the Arts, the UNESCO Creative Cities of Adelaide (Music), Melbourne (Literature), Sydney (Film) and Singapore (Design) have worked together to seed projects for 2017/18  as initiatives of Australia-Singapore Arts Group. This will see ongoing dialogue between the two countries.

A song-writing partnership with support of the Music Development Office (MDO) and Adelaide Festival Centre (AFC) where several South Australian artists collaborated with Singaporean artists including Vandetta at St Paul’s Creative Centre in the lead up to BigSound in Brisbane. The long term concept is to create a ‘daisy-chain’ network of artists collaborating across Adelaide-Singapore, this is not only to support production of new music, but to build a network of creatives that can support each other for audience development across both territories. In 2018, the Arts Council (SNG) will again support a Singaporean artist to visit Adelaide prior to Bigsound and the MDO and AFC will work together to facilitate new collaborations at this time.

Australia Singapore Cultural Leaders’ Forum was a major step in both nations’ arts and cultural relationship following the signing of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) in 2015. Supported by the Australian Department of Communications and the Arts as an initiative by Australia – Singapore Arts Group, the Forum was hosted by the Adelaide Festival Centre and the South Australian Museum from 28-29 September 2017 during OzAsia Festival, and brought together approximately 150 chief executives and senior leaders in the arts and cultural sectors in both countries, providing opportunities to develop relationships and collaborative projects.


In Your Neighbourhood was the first ever collaborative project between Adelaide City of Music, Melbourne City of Literature, Sydney City of Film, and Singapore City of Design. The collaboration showcased a collection of collaborative design projects inspired by music, literature and film.