The Centenary of Canberra website is telling Canberrans that there is no more funding available for C100 projects – half a year before 2013.
Today I picked up a brochure for what looks to be a great play: Ngapartji Ngapartji, produced by “BigHart”, a company whose website’s mentions of Canberra are pretty much restricted to attending a handful of conferences here. It will be on at the Playhouse in late July 2012. Guess what? C100 is listed as a sponsor/partner on the brochure (and yes, that’s July 2012).
So, if the play is on long before C100, and has no Canberra theme whatsoever, why did Joy Burch fund it with Centenary of Canberra money?
Furthermore, C100 branding guidelines provide detailed acknowledgement texts, part of an expensive branding exercise that we have all paid for. But bighart have truncated the required words to a meaningless ten words.
“The Centenary of Canberra is opening a new window on Australia”
The official branding guidelines also set out clear definitions for what C100 is about:
CENTENARY OF CANBERRA BRAND VALUES
— Presenting the nation’s history through the eyes of the capital
— Capturing Canberra’s 100 years of innovation and demonstrating its continuing practice
— Engaging locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
— Valuing the legacy of the planned capital and creating lasting legacies for the next century
— Deploying ‘the reveal’ of 2013: creating and revealing surprising and new elements
— Recognising Canberra’s core national role.
Bringing an Indigenous play to Canberra, with no Canberra history, no Canberra theme, no demonstration of anything to do with Canberra, nothing to do with our legacy, and nothing to do with 2013. In fact, not one mention of Canberra anywhere in the brochure.
Bad enough that it’s off topic – but Canberra community groups, artists, Indigenous locals are going to miss out on precious funding. Surely Joy Burch owes Canberra an explanation for why she has allowed C100 funds to be purloined for this project (albeit I am sure a very worthy play).
UPDATE 22/06/12 11:09: Joy Burch’s office had this to say in reply:
Well, she didn’t. CMD [The Chief Minister’s Department] is responsible for Centenary stuff.