Tonight marks the opening of the 13th annual OzAsia Festival – Australia’s leading contemporary arts festival engaging with Asia.

OzAsia Festival will showcase 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.

Tonight includes performances from award-winning musician Nitin Sawhney with the Australian premiere of Beyond Skin – Revisited.

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 2019 will also coincide with the inaugural Asia Pacific Creative Cities Conference (October 23-26) organised by Adelaide Festival Centre and supported by the Government of South Australia. The four-day
conference will host delegates from the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and creative practitioners to foster valuable new working relationships all while experiencing Adelaide’s richly diverse culture.

With an emphasis on collaboration and community events, this year’s festival is promising to be an unforgettable celebration of theatre, dance, music, visual art, literature, ideas, film, and food. As the weather heats up, ensure the you make the most of the festival!

The full OzAsia Festival program is available online on their Official Website.