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Information and Cultural Exchange

Information and Cultural Exchange

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Western Sydney community arts organisation working to create opportunities for indigenous families, at-risk youth, refugees, people with disability and emerging community-based artists.

Information & Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.) creates these opportunities through cultural development, screen and digital media related education programs.


2017 Pitch
Funds raised: $30,814

As part of TFN's collaboration with VIVID Ideas, Information & Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.) raised $30,814 on 1 June 2017, to support their ‘Razzle Dazzle Orchestra' (RDO) project. The Razzle Dazzle Orchestra is an intensive 20-week experimental music and music video creative development and production program for 40 young people with autism (mostly high needs and non-verbal).


The Impact...

The Information and Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.) believe that Parramatta is the place to be, which is why they work in the Western Suburbs bringing community, creativity and connection to some of Sydney’s most ignored and demonised neighbourhoods. Being from Granville himself, John Kirkman, Executive Officer of I.C.E, who pitched at TFN Live in Sydney knew first-hand the value of access and equity.  

While working with artists on the autism spectrum, I.C.E. saw the positive impact making music was having on them. Thanks to the generous TFN community, people with autism (some of whom are non-verbal) have been given the opportunity to perform at public events and engage with the community at the Sydney Opera House and the Art Gallery of NSW. This has enabled these people to be heard, understood and treated as artists. 

At TFN Live, John pitched for support to form a band – the Razzle Dazzle Orchestra. The funds raised on the night went towards the production of 15 new tracks, a solo album by one of the artists, plus the funds raised on the night were used to leverage another $17,500 for the program. Furthermore, the funds have had a direct impact on the confidence, communication, social and creative skills of the participants. 

“Andrew suddenly burst into song - Mona Lisa, ‘the Nat King Cole version’, he stressed. His musical facilitators had no idea he could sing.” Victoria Harbutt, Producer, ‘Razzle Dazzle Orchestra’.

Read their Impact Report


Learn more about Information and Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.).

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