2016 OzAsia wrap by Douglas Gautier

October 10th, 2016

As Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival wraps up for another year, we look back on its great success connecting with the community and underpinning our Asian engagement strategy.

OzAsia Festival is Australia’s premiere annual arts festival focussing on Asia and it brings the very best contemporary theatre, dance, music, and visual arts from across Asia.

Key highlights from 2016 include:

  • 49 major events including 35 Australian premiere performances;
  • Involvement of 360 professional artists along with over 300 community artists;
  • With numbers still coming in, more than 56,000 attendances at 220 performances, seven exhibitions, 16 film screenings, 59 workshops, events, and more;
  • 21,000 people celebrated the much loved Moon Lantern Festival; and
  • The Festival hosted artists, industry leaders, ambassadors, and government representatives from more than 13 countries across the region including: Vice Governor of Shandong Province, Indonesia’s Director of Culture, Chair of Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and eminent filmmaker Johnnie To.

OzAsia Festival served as a platform for key engagement opportunities, hosting a number of international cultural delegations and Asian Pacific industry conferences and events.

For instance, we hosted the inaugural Australia-China Dialogue on 27 September. It was attended by some of Australia and China’s leading cultural figures as well as officials from the Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and China’s Ministry of Culture. The outcomes are available here.

As Chairman of Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres (AAPPAC) it was a pleasure to welcome delegates to the 2016 AAPPAC Conference from 27 – 30 September. 150 industry leaders from across Asia Pacific met to explore the role of arts centres in multi-cultural societies. South Australia’s Governor and Premier both gave inspiring keynote addresses.

In partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts and AAPPAC, we provided networking opportunities during OzAsia Arts Connect, a two-day program for artists and arts organisations touring or co-producing in the Asian region. Some 50 Australian cultural leaders came to Adelaide to meet with their Asian counterparts. Although OzAsia Festival was affected by severe weather this year, our spirits are high as our organisation continues to take a leadership position as an Australian hub for Asian cultural engagement.

For their generous support, I acknowledge and sincerely thank the South Australian Government and our valued OzAsia Festival sponsors and friends. Your commitment brings the Festival and our engagement program to life each year.

As always, I am very grateful for the enduring support of our OzAsia Festival patron, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia.
Douglas Gautier AM

CEO and Artistic Director

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