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Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Talks focus on cultural engagement between Australia and Asia

Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Talks focus on cultural engagement between Australia and Asia
October 20, 2020

Adelaide Festival Centre’s innovative new online series - OzAsia Festival Talks - begins tonight with a livestream from Her Majesty’s Theatre focusing on cultural engagement between Australia and Asia.  

OzAsia Talks will feature critical conversations between contemporary artists and arts professionals from across Asia. Programmed and hosted by recently appointed OzAsia Festival Artistic Director Annette Shun Wah (pictured below), the series includes panel discussions, artist profiles and poetry performances.

Shun Wah advises “in a year when so much has happened to shift the way in which individuals and communities connect with each other, the cultural engagement of Australia and Asia could not be more crucial. The arts play a vital role in deepening this engagement, but the pandemic has had far-reaching impacts on artistic practice and thinking. OzAsia Talks is an opportunity to share experiences and new ideas from artists and arts leaders in our region.”

The live panel discussion will also feature Art Gallery of South Australia Director, Rhana Devenport ONZM and international guests via video link – Indonesian art curator Sadiah Boonstra and Kee Hong Low, Director of Programs for Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.

OzAsia Talks will continue until 3rd November and includes two In Conversation interviews with Helpmann award-winning playwright S. Shakthidharan and renowned Singaporean theatre director Ong Keng Sen.  

The series concludes with Drop the Mic – a collection of poetry readings curated by the team behind the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival, who normally present the three-day satellite event JLF Adelaide at OzAsia Festival.  

While OzAsia Festival is unable to present a full program this year, one of its regular attractions – outdoor food and entertainment hub Lucky Dumpling Market – will pop up in Adelaide’s Elder Park from 30th October to 15th  November.  

For family audiences and fans of the ever-popular Moon Lantern Parade, OzAsia Festival will present an online lantern making workshop from 23rd October thanks to the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide.  

Other OzAsia Festival 2020 activities include Indian dance workshops with Mudra Dance Academy for local school students later this month. Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre’s centrED program, the workshops were made possible thanks to the work of the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation and with the generous support of the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation.  

Adelaide Festival Centre Chief Executive and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier notes “OzAsia Festival is such a vital celebration of cultural diversity and artistic excellence, so it was very important to us that we find new ways to engage with our audiences despite the ongoing challenges we face as a result of COVID-19.  

“It’s very exciting to be reaching a worldwide audience and supporting contemporary artists with our OzAsia Talks series. These conversations are sure to be both inspiring and timely as the international arts community works together to overcome the various threats posed by the ongoing restrictions on live performances.  

“Adelaide Festival Centre will keep the OzAsia Festival spirit alive in 2020 through this digital re-imagining of Australia’s leading contemporary arts festival engaging with Asia.”

OzAsia Talks can be viewed at and on the OzAsia Festival website

After tonight’s livestreamed opening event from 6pm Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), videos will be posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am ACST except for Drop the Mic, which runs from 1pm ACST on 3rd November.

OzAsia Talks (Live) is supported by a grant from Multicultural Affairs, Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Image top OzAsia Festival promotion and image above OzAsia Festival Artistic Director Annette Shun Wah. Credit Prudence Upton 


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