The 2010 OzAsia Festival closes this weekend after two memorable weeks of unique storytelling, cultural collaborations and sharing of ideas through a wide variety of art forms.
The Festival will close when the mighty Dhol Foundation opens the floodgates on a torrent of percussive grooves at the Festival Theatre on the 2nd of October. Known for their energetic live performances throughout Europe and Australia (WOMADelaide 2006, Festival Melbourne 2006). The Dhol Foundation has become an influential world fusion ensemble. Don’t miss your chance to be elevated by high-powered, live Punjabi beats that will turn the Festival Theatre into one big dance party!
“OzAsia Festival Director Jacinta Thompson says, ‘It has been fantastic to witness audiences engaging with the smorgasbord of culture on offer at the 2010 OzAsia Festival. The response has been heartening and what a terrific way to close the festival with the hilarious martial arts comedy JUMP and the mighty Dhol Foundation”.
This weekend be sure not to miss the final performances of Korea’s Yegam Theatre Company presenting irresistible martial arts comedy Jump. Performed by a sublime cast of gymnasts, acrobats and Tae Kwon Do masters with spot-on comic timing, expect an abundance of sight gags and pratfalls that will make the whole family laugh out loud. Only two performances remain, the 30th of September and the 1st October at the Festival Theatre, which are certain to provide a memorable ending to the 2010 Festival.
Be prepared to be moved by the performances of In Repose, an artistic homage to Japanese migrants who lived and died in Australia since the late 1800s and have been buried here. In Repose, merges story-telling, photography, soundscape, koto, music and dance inspired by old Japanese cemeteries in Australia. A Kuyo – a Japanese term describing an act of ceremonial offering to respect, honour and calm the spirits of the deceased – In Repose also honours the local Australian Indigenous communities who to this day are looking after the graves of these Japanese migrants, buried far away from their native land. In Repose also comprises a photo display which is housed in the Space Theatre Foyer. Performances of In response run from the 1st – 2nd of October at the Space Theatre.
And for a bit of fun check out the Animania Festival, celebrating everything about the Japanese art forms anime and manga. The day will include stalls, karaoke, art displays and more. One of the highlights is the Cosplay (costume play competition) where fans are encouraged to dress up as their favourite Japanese pop culture character for the chance to compete in the international finals! The Animania Festival is on the 2nd of October at the Banquet Room, Lyrics, Piano Bar.
If you haven’t already, make sure to visit the many free visual arts exhibitions which are on show to the public until the 17th of October. Six different exhibitions, by seven artists, four of whom are South Australians. These exhibitions include;
Animation from Iran’s Mashaallah Mohammadi – The Piano Bar
The Godavari River a moving image multimedia installation which focuses on encounters in and around the famous holy city of Nashik on the second largest river in India by Adelaide artist Stephen House – Space Theatre Foyer
Laura Wills, (another local), presents work developed during her 2009 Indonesian residency in Bismania – Festival Theatre Foyer
Jason Wing A.B.C (Aboriginal Born Chinese) has presented an installation of spirit figures in Adelaide Festival Centre grounds. Jason has been an Artist-in-Residence throughout the Festival painting a mural on the wall opposite the foyer café.
Esther Chew and Andrew Brackman’s The [3Rs] Architecture & Tourism is an installation that presents travel experiences during a cultural study scholarship in India over three months – Festival Theatre Foyer.
A highlight of the visual arts program is Korean Aehee Park exhibition’s Caring for Aehee Australia, an installation comprised of projection, moving image and photographs which have evolved from her experiences as Artist-in-Residence as the Cowwarr Art Space, Gippsland, in 2009. During the OzAsia Festival, Aehee has been working in residence at and around the Adelaide Festival Centre, developing new photo media work and interacting with the OzAsia ‘community’, Artspace Gallery.
And the OnScreen program continues at the Mercury Cinema with the South Australian premiere screening of Award winning Director Khoa Doh’s Mother Fish. Don’t miss the epic City of Life and Death, the most viewed film in Indonesia The Rainbow Troops/ Laskar Pelangi and its sequel The Dreamer/Sang Pemimpi. A highlight of the film component will be twice nominated Oscar and recipient of an AFI for best documentary direction, Director David Bradley’s My Asian Heart along with internationally acclaimed Director Clara Law’s Like A Dream.
Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director, Douglas Gautier says, “There are still many opportunities for the public to engage with the OzAsia Festival it is the last chance to experience the amazing and varied culture of Asia and gain a deeper perspective of the unique cultures that make up the region. I encourage you to visit the Adelaide Festival Centre and enjoy the final weekend of the 2010 OzAsia Festival”.