Cultural Performing Arts Network (CPAN)
FORM initiated CPAN, the Cultural Performing Arts Network in 2009, to address a need from western Sydney cultural performers to receive professional development and networking opportunities. Since then, the Cultural Performing Arts Network has developed into a network of Western and greater Sydney based performers that are from culturally diverse communities or work in culturally specific art forms.
CPAN now represents over 850 cultural performers from Western and greater Sydney, many with folkloric aspects to their practice, from over 47 cultural backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Maori, Indian, South Sudanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Armenian, Afghani, Lebanese and Rwandan.
Information sharing forms an important part of CPAN’s work and the network aims to promote culturally diverse arts and its legitimate place within broader contemporary Australian arts practice.
Fairfield City Council, FORM Dance Projects, Community First Step and University of Western Sydney initiated the network in 2009 out of a need by community groups to gain greater access to mainstream activities in the arts. In December 2009 a Terms of Reference for a Network was developed. In 2010 the University of Western Sydney offered support through providing a part-time intern dedicated to CPAN administrative and marketing duties.