The best contemporary arts from across Asia in Adelaide

Posted by Adelaide Festival Centre on Thursday 25 October 2018

Prepare to be swept up in the very best music, dance, theatre, art and endless entertainment as Australia’s largest festival celebrating Asia kicks off in Adelaide today. 

This year’s OzAsia Festival will feature five world premieres, 20 Australian premieres and 22 events exclusive to South Australia. Running from 25 October to 11 November, the 12th annual OzAsia Festival will present work from 817 artists and 20 countries.   

With more than 400 activities, including more than 250 scheduled performances, 55 talk events, 34 film screenings, eight exhibitions and 66 workshops, this year’s program is the most exciting and extensive yet. Approximately 200,000 people are expected to attend over the next 18 days.  

OzAsia Festival Artistic Director Joseph Mitchell: “OzAsia Festival is Australia’s leading international arts festival engaging with Asia. Audiences will experience some of the most exciting contemporary performance offerings from across the region. There is something for everyone in our largest festival program to date. The range of performances feature genre-bending works that draw on contemporary influences of technology, international collaboration and immersive experiences.”  

Festival highlights include award winning choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s iconic acrobatic masterpiece Sutra, featuring a troupe of 19 Shaolin Monks, legendary Chinese playwright and director Stan Lai’s beloved modern classic Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land and internationally acclaimed Syrian production While I Was Waiting.  

In a massive coup for Adelaide, OzAsia Festival builds to a spectacular final weekend with the Jaipur Literature Festival showcasing the artistic and literary heritage of South Asia and the world from 9 November to 11 November. 

Forging stronger links between the Australian and Southeast Asian arts and cultural sectors, OzAsia Festival will also host Borak Arts Series from 1 November to 3 November. The major annual arts conference for Southeast Asia will feature a program of keynote speakers, panels, networking events and performance showcases.  

Festival favourite the Moon Lantern Parade is back bigger and better this year, taking over Elder Park with an explosion of colour and lights this Saturday 27 October from 3pm to 9pm. With the largest venue capacity to date and 23 brand new lanterns, festivalgoers will have more vantage points to view the parade than ever before.  

Outdoor hub Lucky Dumpling Market will dish up the flavours of Asia with a smorgasbord of food trucks and free entertainment from local and international artists including Australia’s Gold Fields and Sophie Koh, Malaysia’s Nading Rhapsody and The Philippines’ Joey Ayala.   

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier AM: “For more than a decade, OzAsia Festival has been at the forefront of artistic excellence and celebrating cultural diversity in our state. This year’s OzAsia Festival line-up is no exception, with some incredible world and Australian premieres.” 

His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia and Patron of OzAsia Festival: “There is nothing else like OzAsia Festival in Australia so I encourage everyone to gather with their families and friends and immerse themselves in what this year’s festival has to offer.” 

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