It just gets better every year! OzAsia Festival is back in Adelaide with five world premieres, 20 Australian premieres and 22 events exclusive to South Australia are en route to Adelaide.
Unlike any other festival in the country, OzAsia Festival runs from 25 October to 11 November.
Adelaide Festival Centre’s 12th annual OzAsia Festival will feature work from 817 artists with 20 countries represented.
This year’s festival will showcase 439 activities, including more than 250 scheduled performances, 55 talk events, 34 film screenings, eight exhibitions and 66 workshops.
Approximately 200,000 people are expected to attend over the 18 days.
OzAsia Festival Artistic Director Joseph Mitchell said: “With our most expansive and diverse program to date, OzAsia Festival continues to lead the way as Australia’s major arts festival engaging with Asia. This year’s program shows the breadth of boundary pushing contemporary arts from across Asia and explores Australia-Asia collaboration.
“There is something for everyone in this year’s free and ticketed program. Alongside many large-scale international works, we are also programming a range of new collaborations which showcase how Australian artists are expanding their horizons through innovative collaborations and international partnerships. OzAsia Festival is the place to be to experience the best of contemporary arts and culture from across Asia.”
Award winning choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui returns to OzAsia Festival with his iconic acrobatic masterpiece Sutra, featuring Cherkaoui himself in the principal role along with a troupe of 19 Shaolin Monks, while internationally acclaimed Syrian production While I Was Waiting will give audiences South Australian artists feature prominently in the program in a series of international collaboration debuts.
Alison Currie collaborates with Singapore’s RAW Moves to create Close Company, an intimate dance performance. Paulo Castro will direct Hello My Name Is… a powerful one-man performance featuring Timor Leste actor Jose Da Costa. Adelaide Composer David Kotlowy’s world premiere Patina features local artists Ade Suharto, Gamelan In Situ along with Japanese dancer Shin Sakuma.
OzAsia Festival favourites, Tutti Arts present a three-way international co-production, Say No More, examining different perspectives on marriage by artists with and without disability from Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia.
For younger audiences, Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) is an immersive theatre experience bustling with all the life of the ocean combining puppetry, song, shadow imagery and sound.
Visual art connoisseurs will love the array of exhibitions including Korea’s JeeYoung Lee, Malaysia’s Yee I-Ann, Thailand’s Kawita Vatanajyankur and Cambodia’s Anida Yoeu Ali.
In a massive coup for Adelaide, OzAsia Festival builds to a spectacular final weekend with the Jaipur Literature Festival showcasing the artistic, literary and culinary heritage of South Asia and the world with books, ideas, food, music, dialogue and debate from Friday 9 November to Sunday 11 November.
More than 50 authors, journalists, thinkers and activists will descend on Adelaide from Friday 9 November to Sunday 11 November for the completely free JLF in Adelaide, including mega-star Indian author Shobhaa De, Singaporean spoken word poet Pooja Nansit, multi-award winning writer and comedian Sami Shah and the festival’s Artistic Directors and celebrated writers William Dalrymple and Namita Gokhale.
Forging stronger links between the Australian and Southeast Asian arts and cultural sectors, OzAsia Festival will also host Borak Arts Series, the major annual arts conference for Southeast Asia featuring a program of keynote speakers, panels, round table discussions, networking events and performance showcases. This is the first time the conference will be held outside of Malaysia.
The Moon Lantern Parade, is back bigger and better this year, taking over Elder Park with an explosion of colour and lights on Saturday 27 October from 3pm to 9pm.
With the largest venue capacity to date, this year’s event will give festival goers more vantage points to view the parade than ever before. Australia’s biggest lantern parade will feature more than 40 different handmade lanterns including nine brand new giant lanterns, community and roving performances, an impressive fireworks display and plenty of amenities and food trucks.
Outdoor hub, Lucky Dumpling Market will dish up the flavours of Asia with a smorgasbord of food trucks, plus free entertainment from local and international artists, including Australia’s Gold Fields and Sophie Koh, Malaysia’s Nading Rhapsody and The Philippines’ Joey Ayala.
The full OzAsia Festival program is available online so get booking now!