From Korean Grandmothers to Sophie Koh: What OzAsia Festival 2018 will deliver on opening weekend

Australia’s biggest celebration of Asia will showcase the contemporary arts from across Asia and beyond right in the heart of Adelaide from today through to 11 November.

This year’s OzAsia Festival will feature five world premieres, 20 Australian premieres and 22 events exclusive to South Australia. There will be over 400 activities, including more than 250 scheduled performances, 55 talk events, 34 film screenings, eight exhibitions and 66 workshops.

Here’s what OzAsia Festival Artistic Director Joseph Mitchell has to say about the event “OzAsia Festival is Australia’s leading international arts festival engaging with Asia. Audiences will experience some of the most exciting contemporary performance offerings from across the region.”

Here are some must-see events on opening weekend!

Korean choreographer Eun-Me Ahn brings glitter balls, grooves and grandmothers to Adelaide with the Australian premiere of international hit Dancing Grandmothers from Thursday 25 October to Saturday 27 October. Everyday Korean grandmothers join an impressive lineup of professional dancers on stage, bridging the generation gap. For each tour, the choreographer brings a new group of 10 grandmothers from Korea who have never had the chance to leave the country before.

The Moon Lantern Parade returns this year, taking over Elder Park with an explosion of colour and lights this Saturday 27 October from 3pm to 9pm. With the largest venue capacity to date and 23 brand new lanterns, festival goers will have more vantage points to view the parade than ever before.

The Lucky Dumpling Market will serve the flavours of Asia with a wide variety of food trucks and free entertainment from local and international artists including Australia’s Gold Fields and Sophie Koh (who kick off the program this weekend), Malaysia’s Nading Rhapsody and The Philippines’ Joey Ayala. It all takes place on the Adelaide Riverbank Lawns, running for the entirety of the festival, with free entry.

Lucky Dumpling Market Hours:
TUES – FRI 4.30pm until late
SAT – SUN Noon until late
(Closed Mondays)

Later in the festival, look out for Award-winning choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s acrobatic masterpiece Sutra, featuring a troupe of 19 Shaolin Monks (2-3 Nov). Chinese playwright and director Stan Lai’s beloved modern classic Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land (9-10 Nov) and the internationally acclaimed Syrian production While I Was Waiting (30-31 Oct).

For more details about the event, head to https://www.ozasiafestival.com.au/