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20 Oct - 06 Nov 2022

OzAsia Festival

For three weeks every spring, OzAsia Festival invites audiences to engage with their neighbours and explore the diversity and richness of Asian cultures. OzAsia Festival is Australia’s first major performing arts festival that celebrates our culturally and linguistically diverse communities by directing its gaze towards arts and artists from Asia.

Details

When

20 Oct - 06 Nov 2022

Event type

Dance, Film and Digital, Industry Events, Literature, Music, Talks, Theatre, Visual Arts, Workshops

Location

Adelaide Festival Centre

Season

Winter

Contact

Adelaide Festival Centre
King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000
(0)8 8216 8600
ozasia@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

Challenging the de facto European focus of many arts institutions, OzAsia is Australia’s leading contemporary arts festival that actively engages with Asia. A program of bold contemporary works includes cross-cultural collaborations that provoke discussion about inclusivity and multiculturalism in contemporary Australian society. These themes (and many others) are further explored at the festival’s free literature and ideas program In Other Words.

OzAsia Festival is Australia’s first major performing arts festival that celebrates our culturally and linguistically diverse communities by directing its gaze towards arts and artists from Asia. Australian premieres abound in an adventurous program that features many powerful new commissions and compelling collaborations and includes a thrilling program of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, literature, film and immersive events taking place throughout the city.

The innovative, challenging and critically lauded festival defies the Eurocentric lens through which cultural performances are so often viewed. Ancient stories are presented from new perspectives and genre-defying artists explore the intersection of art and cutting edge technology in a festival that explores both the rich history and exciting future of the world’s most populous continent.

Beyond the ticketed program, the free Moon Lantern Parade features live music and a procession featuring colourful handmade lanterns and a spectacular 40-metre long dragon. In the Lucky Dumpling Market, tempting food stalls recall the aromas of Asia’s open-air street markets and a stage regularly hosts free performances of local bands and international acts. And new free literature and ideas program, In Other Words, puts the spotlight on the urgent conversations we need to have featuring leading thinkers and writers from Australia and Asia gathering for the final three days of OzAsia Festival.

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  • In creativity, accessibility, skill and daring, the productions on offer embodied an energy and imagination comparable to, and at times exceeding, anything prestigious European-focused international festivals might present.

    The Conversation, 2016

  • One of the most interesting and innovative arts festivals in Australia

    Broadsheet, 2018

  • The impressively curated performance and exhibition program is making OzAsia Festival an essential destination for interstate visitors as well as local audiences.

    Daily Review, 2018

The local guide

Found some downtime between all the events and excitement? Here are some tips on what to see and do in Adelaide and South Australia.

In the Morning

The Migration Museum is a social history museum that deals with the complex  immigration and settlement history of South Australia, and maintains both permanent and rotating collections of work. As it is just a short walk away from Rundle Mall, Adelaide’s prime shopping district, come in to enjoy the guided tours or bring the kids for the ever popular ‘detective trail’.

In the Afternoon

Take a meandering drive into the Adelaide Hills and take a class at the Sticky Rice Cooking School. With a range of courses to choose from and cuisine ranging from Thailand, India, and Vietnam, Sticky Rice will teach you about the cultural context behind the dishes. A fun way to escape the city and see a bit more of SA’s landscape.

In the Evening

Enjoy an incredible variety of Asian cuisines in Adelaide’s Chinatown. This multicultural food district offers Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Malaysian and Indian food experiences. Head over to Moonta Street for Star Dumplings or Gouger Street for Little NNQ, Star of Siam, and Ying Chow.