Oz Asia set to welcome Spring
The Adelaide Festival Centre has released details of this year's OzAsia Festival, featuring arts and community events from cultures all over the Asian region.
The largest event in Australia focusing on Asian culture, this year's festival shines the spotlight on South Australia's sister state, Shandong Province, China but also includes performances and events from Japan, India, Korea, Philippines, Cambodia, Palestine, Bangladesh, Russia, Indonesia, Mongolia and of course Australia.
“OzAsia is the largest and pre-eminent cultural event in Australia presenting on works from the Asian region and is recognised around Asia as an important step in solidifying Asian – Australian relationships," Minister for the Arts Jack Snelling said.
"The Festival has grown steadily since its inception eight years ago and is now an important event on South Australia’s cultural calendar.
"It addition to entertaining audiences, OzAsia is helping our understanding of Asian culture, traditions and language and connecting local Australian Asian communities who have historically not taken part in cultural activities in Adelaide."
This year, the program boasts 6 world premieres, 7 Australian premieres, 8 South Australian premieres and 26 Adelaide exclusives.
Performing arts from all over the region will feature, ranging from traditional arts to cutting edge experimental performance and rock and roll both on stage and on film. The visual arts are well-covered with exhibitions at the Arts Gallery of SA, Samstag Museum, Contemporary Arts Centre, Nexus Multicultural Centre and the State Library as well as the Festival Centre.
As in previous years the culinary arts feature strongly, including Infused: All About Tea with special guest Simon Bryant showcasing tea-based recipes at the Migration Museum.
Lectures, seminars, workshops and other explorations of Asian culture also pack the program, many of which are free to the public.
This year, the iconic Moon Lantern Festival will take place on Monday September 8 from 3pm to 8:30pm. This annual free family event will see 10 schools and 48 community groups transform Elder Park with hundreds of lanterns under the glow of the full moon.
“OzAsia has grown over the last eight years and has been embraced by local Asian communities and mainstream audiences alike," Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier said.
"It has enriched the experience of South Australian Audiences by providing a more diverse range of artistic expression while also helping our understanding of Asian culture and traditions. OzAsia Festival is a vital ingredient in aiding cultural understanding and promoting a harmonious community.
"The Festival engages audiences through theatre, dance, music both contemporary and traditional, film, percussion, food and calligraphy. Audiences of all ages will have the opportunity to learn more about [Shandong] province which is the cradle of Chinese civilisation and gain insights into the eternal charm of ancient Shandong and the many facets of its contemporary culture.”
The official launch of the OzAsia Festival Program takes place tonight, Tuesday July 8. The festival runs from September 3 - 20. See program details at adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/ozasia-festival or pick up a hard copy of the program which will be distributed throughout town.