OzAsia Festival of Adelaide, Australia opens (Sept. 17 – Oct. 2, 2016)
OzAsia Festival is Australia’s largest scale international arts festival focusing on the arts of Asia. It has been held annually in Adelaide since 2007, with this year marking its 10th holding. Since 2015, the festival’s young new director is Joseph Mitchell and under his direction the programming will have a stronger focus on contemporary arts going forward, with programs that go beyond existing theatre and dance to include cross-over performance drawing on a wider range of music, film and visual arts.
This year’s festival is being held on the largest scale ever with a program including 35 Australian premieres. Program highlights include the work SK!N by the Malaysian company TerryandTheCuz that deals with the plight of refugees subjected to human trafficking by means of a performance venue replicating a site of such trafficking; Two Dogs by Chinese artist Meng Jinghui who employs grunge punk music in creating a story of two dogs drowning in the wave of China’s rapid modernization; a performance titled Bunny by Singapore’s Daniel Kok, an artist who has focused on the issues of LGBT, among others. Invited works from Japan include Chelfitsch’s God Bless Baseball and Hiroaki Umeda’s Split Flow and Holistic Strata.
Digital art is one of the focuses of this year’s festival and one feature of the program is a digital music festa on September 30 and October 1st titled “Sub Verse.” Musicians from Asia’s underground music scene like North of X from Northern Mongolia and HH from Hong Kong will perform of successive nights.
Launched in 2007 by the Adelaide Festival Centre Committee, OzAsia Festival is Australia’s largest scale international arts festival focusing comprehensive on the arts of Asia. The festival presents the finest theater, dance, music, film, visual arts, etc., from all parts of Asia. Since 2009, one Asian country is selected for each year’s festival feature. Japan was the feature country in 2011. From 2015 the programming focus was shifted toward more contemporary works, which have included the likes of Ryoji Ikeda and Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker from Japan, Teater Garasi and Melati Suryodarmo from Indonesia and Chinese director Meng Jinghui.
- OzAsia Festival