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Austrade Cultural Precincts Update, ‘The Rise of Cultural Precincts Across Asia: Opportunities for Creative Australia’, 3 December 2014

As Asia’s growing middle class is undertaking more leisure activities, Australian businesses have a unique opportunity to commercially benefit from these region-wide trends.

Austrade has identified a number of government and private organisations across Asia that are investing in new and refurbished cultural venues. These include major art galleries, museums, performing arts centres and other significant cultural venues.

With one of the most sophisticated arts and creative sectors in the world and an international reputation for designing, building and successfully managing world-leading cultural institutions, Australia has world-class capability to partner with overseas counterparts to help design, build and successfully manage these cultural institutions.

The Cultural Precincts Industry Capability Report (PDF, 3.11MB) outlining Australian expertise, company profiles and project examples has been translated and promoted to key project owners and decision makers across Asia, via Austrade’s offshore network.

This outreach is aimed at raising the profile of Australian capability and identifying opportunities to deliver to Australian companies.

Target sectors

Austrade’s Cultural Precincts initiative focuses on the following sectors of Australian expertise:

  • infrastructure, sustainable design and engineering
  • specialised consulting services (eg. venue planning, feasibility)
  • programming, curation and research
  • venue, facilities and production management, including theatre design/acoustics
  • audience engagement, education and public relations technology and communications.

Market Updates

Austrade has identified demand and a number of key Cultural Precincts projects across the following markets:

Middle East

For information on projects identified across the UAE and Qatar download the Middle East Market Update (PDF, 206KB).


Austrade South Asia is currently scoping out commercial opportunities for Australian firms related to a number of heritage sites across India.

Download the latest India Market Update (PDF, 227KB).

Specific information on the Six Forts (PDF, 562KB), certified as World Heritage by UNESCO, that are being restored and developed as tourist sites.

North East Asia (Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan)

Download the latest North East Asia Market Update (PDF, 242KB).

Presentations and webinar recordings from the December 2013 ‘Cultural Precincts Webinar Series’, are also still available, which includes top level information on key cultural venue / precinct projects across Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea.

Contact Austrade

For further information or if you are looking to pursue any specific opportunities further please contact your relevant Austrade representative in Australia or in-market.

Contact: Gabriella Nunes, 
Trade Adviser
Austrade Sydney, 
Tel: +61 2 9392 2825
[email protected]