Adelaide Festival Centre signs collaboration agreement with China’s National Centre for Performing Arts


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A historic agreement was signed today (Friday 16 October) between the Adelaide Festival Centre and the National Centre for Performing Arts in China, paving the way for performing arts programs to be shared by the two institutions.

Situated adjacent to Tiananmen Square, the National Centre for the Performing Arts is the premier performing arts centre in all of China. It is the national leader and sets the agenda for the performing arts in China.

Douglas Gautier, CEO and Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival Centre says: “On many measures the NCPA is the largest performing arts centre in the world. That such an internationally renowned institution would enter into a partnership with the Adelaide Festival Centre is recognition of Adelaide’s reputation as a leader in the arts and culture. It is also international acknowledgement of the Festival Centre’s work to progress Australian-Asian cultural engagement.”

The partnership will:

  • Strengthen the ties between the two institutions, allow for the exchange of programming and pave the way for the way for South Australian and Australian artists to perform in Beijing and for the National Centre of Performing Arts productions to be performed in Adelaide;
  • Enhance the cooperative relationship regarding arts education programs;
  • Take the first step in creating artistic co-productions between the two institutions which would then be performed in both countries; and
  • Establish staff exchanges, training programs and internships between both institutions.

The signing of the three year agreement is a major coup for Adelaide Festival Centre and for South Australia.

Gautier says “This will form the basis of great artistic exchanges in the performing arts but is also a great opportunity for staff of both institutions, who will be able to travel between the two institutions to further their knowledge of the creative arts industry and build long lasting people to people relationships.

“Cultural exchange has an important role to play in increasing understanding between countries, which can facilitate trade and economic exchanges to benefit everyone in South Australia. Activities such as this agreement are an important part of the process of internationalising the South Australian economy.”

Adelaide Festival Centre and South Australia’s cultural ties to Asia will be further strengthened by Adelaide hosting the 2016 Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres (AAPPAC) Conference in September. The 2015 Conference in Tongyeong in South Korea concluded this week with a hand-over ceremony to South Australia.

AAPPAC is the peak cultural body in the Asia-Pacific region. Its membership includes about 60 performing arts centres including the Sydney Opera House and major performing arts centres in global cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Melbourne, Auckland as well as Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and the Philippines.

The 2016 Adelaide conference will overlap with the OzAsia Festival and provide a major opportunity for local and international performing arts companies who are here as part of OzAsia to pitch their shows to programmers and the business circle, made up of commercial promoters who are looking for new material.

The Adelaide Festival Centre is a Brand South Australia member.

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