International contemporary artists take to the stage for opening night of OzAsia Festival 2019

Published by: Adelaide Festival Centre | 16-Oct-2019
World-class contemporary music, theatre, dance, film, literature and visual art from across Asia and beyond will be showcased at Adelaide Festival Centre's OzAsia Festival 2019 from today until November 3. @ozasiafestival #ozasiafestival
Venue: Adelaide Festival Centre
Address: King William Rd, Adelaide SA
Date: 17 October - 3 November
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The 60 events being held across 18 days include 35 Adelaide exclusives, five world-first performances and 22 Australian premieres.

OzAsia Festival is Australia's leading contemporary arts festival engaging with Asia and will this year feature 850 artists from more than 20 countries.

Tonight's performances include award-winning musician Nitin Sawhney with the Australian premiere of Beyond Skin - Revisited in the Festival Theatre for one night only.

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.

OzAsia Festival Artistic Director Joseph Mitchell: "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."

Tonight also marks the opening of Lucky Dumpling Market (October 17 to November 3) at the Adelaide Riverbank and will include live music and community performances along with a variety of Asian cuisine from countries such as The Philippines, India, Vietnam and China.

The ever-popular Moon Lantern Parade will once again be a feature event of OzAsia Festival's opening weekend, with performances and workshops from 3pm before more than 50 giant lanterns descend on Elder Park from 8pm this Saturday, October 19.

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier AM: "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."

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 Thursday, October 31.

The third and final week of OzAsia Festival will include Australia's only satellite edition of the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) - JLF Adelaide (November 1-3). Compelling panel discussions will be presented to live audiences at Adelaide Festival Centre venues, where 40 free events will feature more than 60 writers, thought leaders, activists and artists from around the world.

His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia and Patron of OzAsia Festival: "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!"

The full OzAsia Festival program can be viewed online with tickets available at

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