OzAsia Festival

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Country and Region AustraliaSouth Australia
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Festival Contact Information

OzAsia Festival
c/o Adelaide Festival Centre
GPO Box 1269 King William Road
Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: +61 8 8216 8670
Email: contact@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

Festival Description

The OzAsia Festival is presented by the Adelaide Festival Centre on an annual basis. This unique event on the Australian arts calendar attracts more than 20,000 patrons. The program features some of the most talented artists from the region and around the world, including China, Japan, UK, Korea, Indonesia, India, Hong Kong, and Malaysia, along with Australians who identify with an Asian cultural heritage and collaborative work between Australian and Asian artists. There is a rich and diverse range of performances including music, dance, theatre, visual art, film, food and free events, a number of Australian exclusives and a world premiere.

The Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival includes the ever-popular and spectacular Moon Lantern Festival along the banks of the River Torrens. The Moon Lantern parade commences at twilight with a number of schools and community groups illuminating Elder Park with hand-made lanterns. There will be performances by local community groups, as well as artists from the Festival. Enjoy some delicious Asian cuisine, an array of stalls offering horoscope readings, workshops and crafts, and purchase your own lantern.

Festival Dates September 13 - 29, 2013
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Festival Events:

Highlights 2013:
  • This year’s program boasts 6 world premieres, 9 Australian premieres, 22 South Australian premieres, 24 Australian exclusives and 2 Adelaide exclusives. The spotlight for 2013 is on Malaysia and the Malay Tiger is the national animal of the country and the hero image for this year’s Festival; like the tiger, the Festival holds virtues of bravery, strength and regality. Additional countries represented in the program include Korea, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, India, Korea, Japan, Turkey, Philippines, Iraq, the Himalayas and Australia.
    • Experience Malaysian pop music as two emerging artists make their Exclusive Australian premiere performances, Gabriel Robert Rawantas, fondly and more commonly known as Guba, is an alternative folk singer song writer from Malaysia who verges into pop. Whilst internationally praised Malaysian-born LA songstress Yuna will inspire audiences with her folk-pop tunes that saw her work with well-known music producer Pharrell Williams.
    • U-Theatre is Taiwan’s most revered theatre troupe and Meeting with Bodhisattva features 16 drummers in an enlightening whirlwind of athletic drumming, martial arts, Buddhist chanting, and sacred dance.
    • Super Everything features UK’s leading audio-visual artists The Light Surgeons. Juxtaposing the tradition and modernity of Malaysia, the show layers together stunning documentary footage and motion graphics with an original live electronic musical score featuring music from Malaysia’s Ng Chor Guan, Hands Percussion and Rhythm in Bronze.
    • Ontosorah is a new cross-cultural collaboration from the latest generation of theatre makers featuring Adelaide’s Ade Suharto and Indonesia’s Peni Candra Rini. This original new dance performance explores themes of feminine strength and rebellion through dance and live contemporary Javanese music.
    • Heart to Heart is a cross cultural intersection of poetry and music: Adelaide composer David Kotlowy has composed two sensual song-cycles that celebrate love, loss and passion in verses from Ancient Japan to Modern Indonesia, performed by Duo Trystero, Kate MacFarlane and Gamelan In Situ.
    • Not According to Plan is Leigh Warren Dance’s latest work and features an inspiring creative team including Choreographer Leigh Warren, Set Concept and Construction Khai Liew, costumes Alistair Trung and Musician and Poet Jerome Kugan. It will be an extraordinary meeting of dance, music, design and writing that charts the life of famous dancer, photographer, choreographer and calligrapher Xiao Xiong Zhang.
    • Singapore’s T’ang Quartet make their premiere at OzAsia Festival, an artful blend of East and West, seamlessly reinterpreting classical work for contemporary fans while appealing to traditional audiences.


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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Alistair Trung, photographed at Alistair Trung Design at QVB building Sydney
    • Koan, violinist Natsuko Yoshimoto
    • Likkle Mai of Cool Wise Men
    • Rhinoceros in Love, Ma Lu
    • Raga Shambhala, Raga Hero Image
    • Simon Bryant photo by Max MacKinnon
    • Raga Shambhala, Tenzin
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