Talk by Robyn Archer at Peking University


November 17, 2014 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Starlight Hall, Yingjie Overseas Exchange Centre (北京大学英杰交流中心)
Peking University
Haidian, Beijing
Michael McGregor

Talk by Robyn Archer: “Do we need Culture and the Cultural Industries or is Money enough?”



About the event:

The Australian Studies Centre at Peking University is proud to announce that singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate of the arts, Robyn Archer AO will be delivering a talk on Monday 17th November.

To RSVP for the event, please email your full name and the name of your organisation by no later than Sunday 16th November to

The Speaker:

Robyn Archer AO is a singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate of the arts. She has recently completed more than four years as Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra ( 2013) , and is currently Artistic Director of The Light in Winter (Federation Square, Melbourne, which won the best Community Event Award in the Australian Event Awards 2012). She is also advising the cultural development of the Gold Coast towards 2018. She Is Deputy Chair of the Australia Council ( the Australian Government’s arts advisory and arts grants organization). Robyn is a specialist performer of classic European cabaret and in 2013 won the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer of 2013. Recent concerts include Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Canberra and Hobart. In 2014 her concerts include Port Fairy, Beijing and Hong Kong.

Robyn is the former artistic director of The National Festival of Australian Theatre ,the Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals, and Ten Days on the Island which she created for Tasmania. She mentors and advises a wide range of younger artists, and has taken part in the European Festivals Association’s Ateliers in Varna , Singapore, Izmir , Ljubljana and in Poznan 2014/

A selection of public speeches is published under the title Detritus ( UWA Press) and in 2012 she gave a nationally broadcast National Press Club address Taking the Name of the Capital in Vain , the Memorial Arthur Boyd Lecture in London launched the Centenary of Canberra in Washington and Chicago, and gave the Currency Press Arts Breakfast Address in Sydney. In 2013 in addition to major keynotes in Adelaide and Canberra, she conducted public interviews with international artists Heiner Goebbels and Richard Shechner. In 2014 she has invitations to speak in Brisbane , Melbourne, Sydney ,Edinburgh , Beijing and Poznan.

Robyn Archer is patron of numerous arts organisations across Australia. She has received the International Society for Performing Arts’ International Citation of Merit, ABAF’s Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Cultural Leadership Award, and in 2012 the SA Premier’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is an Officer of the Order of Australia, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), Officer of the Crown (Belgium) and holds honorary doctorates from Flinders University (SA), and the Universities of Sydney and Canberra.