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Last week the long-running Australian short film festival Tropfest announced that, after a tumultuous 12 months, it would be moving from Centennial Park to Parramatta Park in February. Definition of fair trade coffee The film director and Tropfest board member George Miller welcomed the “widening” of the festival’s audience as “extremely positive” but not everybody was happy – and one Newtown-based film producer, Adam St John, said he would boycott the event.

“I won’t go to Parramatta, no way,” St John told the Daily Telegraph.

Cease to trade definition “Everyone [film-makers] is based in the inner city and that’s the place they should be looking to support the emerging artists.”

Dubbed a “hipster tantrum” by the paper, St John’s comments sparked a cultural conversation on social media and beyond about the distance – perceived and otherwise – between Parramatta and Sydney’s central business district.

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Artist Mehwish Iqbal, left, stands in front of her embroidered work Memory Collector and Refugee Island, with Sophia Kouyoumdjian at Parramatta Artists Studios. On trade marketing definition Photograph: Steve Dow

Parramatta Artists Studios sits across the river from Prince Alfred Square, where each October the Parramasala festival of Asian arts is held. Definition of foreign trade Nearby is the Information + Cultural Exchange, which opened in 1984.

ICE now has 17 staff who work with migrants, refugees, disadvantaged and Indigenous children, among others. Trade selling definition It has an emphasis on teaching digital culture and facilitated this year’s live show Mother’s Spice, which bonded four migrant women from Nepal, Iran, Iraq and Lebanon over food.

The exchange’s executive director, John Kirkman, grew up in nearby Granville in the 1960s when the cultural mix was mostly Anglo and southern European. International trade organization definition He has seen a huge demographic shift since then. Trade economics definition Today he is awaiting a group of 20 schoolboys from Arabic backgrounds who are coming in to learn about opera.

“There’s plenty of opportunity [for local artists] here,” Kirkman says. Fair trade food definition He believes the recent boons for culture in Parramatta are driven by more than money. Trade enrichment definition “I actually think it’s organic, it’s not cynical. Definition of international trade law It’s tied to economic development, and we argue that cultural development works in parallel.”

Like many locals, he doesn’t have time for the inner-city objectors. Trade finance definition wikipedia “Seriously, if film-makers don’t want to bring their work to Parramatta, why would they go to Sundance?” he asks.

And on those who protested about the Powerhouse shift: “I don’t think they begrudge Parramatta but there is an element of snide snobbery. Butter trade definition They’ll say, ‘Oh, we can have two Powerhouses!’ But we don’t want to be somebody’s sideshow.”

A block away in a former Church Street gymnasium is the performing artists’ rehearsal studios set up by Riverside Theatres. Regional trade organizations definition The UK-born dancer Tess de Quincey, who commutes from Gladesville in the inner west, is rehearsing Metadata, which combines concepts of maths and cosmology with dance, to premiere at Riverside in September.

Parramatta, she points out, was the capital of the colony of NSW in the early 19th century, until governors returned to residing in Sydney in 1846. What is the definition of trade A hundred and fifty years later, while performing locally in 1996, De Quincey and fellow artists asked audience members what they hated most in the area – and congested Parramatta Road was the top response. Fair trade definition So in 2000 her company, De Quincey Co, invited people to walk eight hours from Parramatta’s Church Street to Sydney’s Central station.

“You feel shattered at the end, because of the traffic,” she says. Trade school definition But the exercise neatly demonstrated why Parramatta seems so distant from Sydney, at least by car: “Parramatta Road is diabolical.”

De Quincey’s new show is being presented by Form Dance Projects, which was founded in Parramatta in 2000 as a NSW government “outreach” program for western Sydney. What is international trade definition Their support has been paramount; De Quincey says it is now very difficult to get inner Sydney arts curators interested in the kind of contemporary dance she creates. Definition of international trade Australia and beyond

The jewel in the crown for the arts in Sydney’s west is the National Theatre of Parramatta, which launched this year at Riverside Theatres with funding from Arts NSW, Parramatta council and the Packer Family Foundation.

Its artistic director, Joanne Kee, tells the Guardian Australia there are plans in 2018 to tour Stolen, Muruwari playwright Jane Harrison’s 1988 work about the stolen generations which was revived this year by the Wiradjuri director and choreographer Vicki Van Hout.

“In 2018 it will be 30 years since Jane Harrison wrote Stolen,” says Kee. Terms of trade definition “She said the National Theatre of Parramatta’s version was the [most] emotional and visceral version she’s seen of it.”

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