2020 State of
the Sector Picnic

Theatre Network NSW in partnership Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre and NORPA presented the Annual State of the Sector AddressPicnic on Thursday 28 January 2021.

The State of the Sector is an important gathering that speaks to the critical challenges and opportunities facing our sector. The 2020 Address was scheduled for mid-December and our aim was to move off zoom and reconnect with friends and peers. When health restrictions were introduced in Sydney due to the pandemic, we postponed the 2020 Address so we could meet face-to-face at three simultaneous gatherings in Bathurst, Lismore and Sydney on Thursday 28 January 2021, 5pm to 7pm.

At each gathering local artists offered unique and insightful responses to the provocation: There Is No ‘New Normal’: You are the NSW Arts Minister, what is your vision for the Arts, and the role it can play in the wider community in a post pandemic, climate impact world.

The 10 incredible artists who shared their vision for the future of the Arts at the 2020 Address are Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal, Jenevieve Chang, Emefa Ezou, Tim Hansen, Kate McDowell, Patrick McIntyre, Catherine McNamara, Kate Smith, Mark Swivel and The House That Dan Built.

State of the Sector Address

TNN’s State of the Sector Address is an annual convening of the live performance sector to gather and begin to work through critical challenges and opportunities. The State of the Sector Address is an independent, non-partisan, non-practicing gathering ground for leaders from across the spectrum to speak to critical issues facing theatre and performance in NSW and across the country.

Thank you

The State of the Sector AddressPicnic was proudly supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, APM Graphics, NORPA, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre and Sydney Theatre Company.

TNN would like to thank Producer Emma Diaz; Uncle Brendan Kerin and the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council; Bettina Girdler and Sweeney Interpreting; Simon Pierce and the APM Graphics team; Hannah Waters, Rebecca Cuschieri and STC’s team; Kristy Jones and the NORPA team; Kylie Sheed and BMEC’s team; and Karla Conway from Hothouse Theatre.

These pages bring together the keynote speeches presented as part of the 2020 State of the Sector AddressPicnic and a summary of the International Performing Arts Network, 2020 Multi-location Meeting – Sydney Gathering.

The speeches
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