OzAsia Festival 2019 – Official Launch

Whether you’ve been living in Adelaide all your life or have recently come into our beautiful town (welcome!), you might know that the next 2 weeks will be celebrating the annual (not to mention the highly anticipated return of the) arts festival – OzAsia – which is held along the picturesque Adelaide Riverbank at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Bringing together a collision of world-class contemporary music, theatre, dance, film, literature and visual art from across Asia and beyond, OzAsia Festival will be running from October 17 – November 3 and hopes to introduce locals and visitors alike to some of the best and most notable features that makes Asian cultures so attractive and unique.

Have a peek at their full program, there are 60+ events that will be held over the next 18 days, including 35 Adelaide exclusives, 5 world-first performances and 22 Australian premieres, which will incorporate the works of 850 artists from 20+ countries.


Here’s just a tiny snippet of the many incredible shows on offer:

  • World-leading choreographer Anne Nguyen’s unique blend of street dance and martial arts will be set against an original percussive backdrop when Kata is presented in the Space Theatre today and tomorrow.
  • Rounding out the opening night line-up is the world premiere of Light, a dramatic retelling of the history of Adelaide’s founder, Colonel William Light, and the establishment of Penang by his father Francis.
  • Visual art exhibitions open from today will see Still by Taiwan’s Joyce Ho presented in Adelaide Festival Centre’s Artspace Gallery, along with Samsung Loves Us All by Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries (South Korea/US) and Sorry for Real by French Guiana’s Tabita Rezaire in Adelaide Festival Centre’s QBE Galleries. At nearby Nexus Gallery, The Glamourous Boys of Tang by Taiwan’s Su Hui-Yu will make its Australian debut.
  • Next week’s performances include Ghost Gamelan by British-Indian musician Susheela Raman and epic play The Village by legendary playwright and director Stan Lai.
  • The inaugural Asia-Pacific Creative Cities Conference will be held to coincide with OzAsia Festival from October 23-26. The event will see 200 delegates from more than 40 cities in 15 countries converge on Adelaide to discuss ways of fostering valuable new working relationships through the Asia-Pacific UNESCO Creative City Network.
  • Sisters Sangam, an exhibition of 14 artists from India and South Australia, will open at the SASA Gallery on October 31.

OzAsia Festival continues to push the boundaries of how contemporary art is being interpreted by leading artists from countries ranging from Japan across to Lebanon. We have some of the best in the business – from world-renowned choreographers and legendary playwrights to emerging artists who are presenting exciting new works that redefine their genres and provide an immersive experience for audience members.
– Joseph Mitchell (OzAsia Festival Artistic Director)


In addition to the exhibitions, shows, talks, and conferences that will be overflowing at the Adelaide Festival Centre, OzAsia Festival will also be accompanied by the festivities of everyone’s favourite – the Lucky Dumpling Market – which is set up in Elder Park and is oozing with a range of delicious culinary delights with Asian fusion elements, including food and drink from The Philippines, India, Vietnam and China. There will also be live music and community performances that will inject a sense of life and fun to the Adelaide Riverbank precinct, proving itself (once again) to be a family-friendly affair where anyone and everyone is welcome.

Beef Rendang with blue rice from Jalan Jalan

There’s nothing quite like our OzAsia Festival in the way it celebrates cultural diversity in our state while also being at the forefront of artistic excellence – as evidenced by our fantastic line-up of Adelaide exclusives, world premieres and Australian debut performances.
Douglas Gautier AM (Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director)

Given that it’s the opening weekend this weekend, make sure you head down to Elder Park this Saturday (October 19) to enjoy and bask in the magic of the Moon Lantern Parade, which is a feature event of OzAsia Festival and will offer performances and workshops till 3pm, before taking 50+ giant lanterns on a journey across Elder Park from 8pm onwards.

In its final week of festivities, OzAsia will bring us the opportunity to be part of Australia’s only satellite edition of the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF). Running from November 1 – 3JLF will offer panel discussions to live audiences at the Adelaide Festival Centre, where 40 free events will feature more than 60 writers, thought leaders, activists and artists from around the world.

We are so fortunate to have Australia’s leading contemporary Asian arts festival right here in South Australia. OzAsia Festival is full of wonderful performances and events that bring people together to celebrate our community. There is so much to see and do across 18 days of wonderful spring weather, and I look forward to seeing everyone enjoying it all!
His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC (Governor of South Australia and Patron of OzAsia Festival)

OzAsia Festival 2019 kicks off October 17, 2019, with details about all the events and shows (+ tickets) available on their website.

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With thanks to the Adelaide Festival Centre for having me at the inaugural launch event.

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