OzAsia Festival program released


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The program for Adelaide’s leading international arts festival has been launched.

The OzAsia Festival enters its 10th year with an expanded line up of contemporary Asian artists across dance, music, film and visual arts.

OzAsia festival director, Joseph Mitchell, says the festival, which runs from September 17 to October 2, would give audiences an insight into the vibrant arts scene in Asia.

“Asia is where the rules for contemporary performance are being shaped for the 21st century,” Joseph says.

“No one else is pulling all these art forms together in Australia so we will have 35 Australian premieres in Adelaide.”

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OzAsia festival director, Joseph Mitchell

One of the premieres will be Skin, a work by Malaysian company TerryandtheCuz in collaboration with Australian choreographer Ashley Dyer. The participatory work explores the physical and mental torture suffered by refugees.

Artists from Hong Kong, Japan, India, China, Cambodia, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Israel will perform across the two week festival.

According to the OzAsia Festival organisers at Adelaide Festival Centre, more than 280,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which will feature 111 professional performances, as well as 101 performances by community groups, eight exhibitions, 16 film screenings, and 59 workshops.

More than 330 professional artists will perform in Adelaide, along with 458 community artists.

Joseph says the 10 year anniversary of the Festival was about celebrating and having fun inside and outside the Adelaide Festival Centre.

“Audiences can see two or three shows on any night, wander through art galleries, attend free talks, discover some secret performance events, see international artists in the special free 10 year anniversary celebration of outdoor concerts and then hang out with friends in the Good Fortune Market,” he says.

A series of workshops and conferences will also be held during the festival to bring together arts leaders and teachers from the region.

The 2016 Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres (AAPPAC) annual conference will be held during the OzAsia Festival between September 27 and 30.

The three day conference will be hosted by Adelaide Festival Centre chief executive artistic director and AAPPAC chairman, Douglas Gautier, will include 200 arts leaders who will examine key issues affecting Asia Pacific Arts Centres and Festivals.

“The Adelaide Festival Centre is acknowledged internationally as a leader in Asian engagement and OzAsia Festival underpins our strategy to connect with Asia,” Douglas says.

“The overall theme of this year’s conference is ‘Arts Centres – Connecting Communities’ and we will explore the contribution of art centres to multicultural communities.

“It is timely that in these uncertain times delegates will experience firsthand how OzAsia bridges Asian and Australian cultures.”

View the entire OzAsia Festival lineup.

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