Thirty-five Adelaide exclusives — including 5 world-first performances and 22 Australian premieres — are among 60 events being held as part of Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival 2019.
From October 17 to November 3, the 13th annual OzAsia Festival will feature 850 artists from more than 20 countries in an engaging line-up of boundary-pushing works across everything from music, theatre and dance to film, literature and visual art.
Attendees will be treated to 18 days of performances, screenings, exhibitions and free events including the popular Lucky Dumpling Market (October 17 to November 3), Moon Lantern Parade (Saturday, October 19) and JLF Adelaide (November 1-3) — a satellite event of the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival.
“The 2019 OzAsia Festival will be our largest, most adventurous and fun-filled festival to date,” says Artistic Director Joseph Mitchell.
“We’re excited to see some of the most loved artists from previous OzAsia Festivals returning with new works, while our more adventurous audience members can indulge in our more immersive events like a pop-up performance in the Dunstan Playhouse foyer (Stuck in the Narrowest Path) and a six-course meal featuring stories from local and visiting expats (Surpassing the Beeline).”
You can expect compelling contemporary dance from Akram Khan and his latest work Outwitting the Devil, Damien Jalet and his sculptural Vessel, Hervé Koubi with acrobatic piece What the Day Owes to the Night, and Anne Nguyen with martial art-inspired street dance Kata.
Major events being staged in the Festival Theatre include Malaysian pop star Siti Nurhaliza, music icon Nitin Sawhney, and Stan Lai’s epic theatre production The Village.
America’s Got Talent finalists SIRO-A will amaze festival attendees of all ages with Techno Circus, while fellow Japanese performance group Contact Gonzo will bring the world premiere of Stuck in the Narrowest Path — a chaotic improvisation of ‘dance meets Fight Club’ in collaboration with Adelaide’s own Zephyr Quartet.
Internationally acclaimed theatre makers presenting their work in Australia for the first time include India’s Abhishek Thapar with My Home at the Intersection and Surpassing the Beeline, along with South Korea’s Jaha Koo with Cuckoo — a reflection on his country’s recent history with help from three ‘talking’ rice cookers.
This year’s OzAsia Festival will also see the Australian premiere of visual art exhibitions including Still by Taiwan’s Joyce Ho, Samsung Loves Us All by Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries (world premiere from South Korea), The Glamorous Boys of Tang by Taiwan’s Su Hui-Yu, Sorry for Real by French Guiana’s Tabita Rezaire and Sisters Sangam — an exhibition of works from 14 emerging and established artists from India and South Australia brought together by Adelaide’s Daniel Connell.
The Art Gallery of South Australia will present its first major display of Islamic art for No god but God: The art of Islam along with Sonic Blossom by Taiwanese-American artist Lee Mingwei, while the Samstag Museum of Art will host Ascent by Fiona Tan.
And that’s only half the line-up! You can find the full OzAsia Festival program at www.ozasiafestival.com.au.
Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival 2019 is taking place from October 17 to November 3.