Following last year’s online offering, OzAsia Festival 2021 will feature more than 300 artists in what is expected to be the world’s most significant showcase of Asian Australian talent.
Held from October 21 to November 7, OzAsia Festival tickets are now on sale, available for an exciting range of contemporary works – everything from theatre, music, and dance, to film, literature, and visual art!
“OzAsia Festival 2021 takes place at a critical moment for Australia’s engagement with Asia, and there’s no better time to ensure the people who best embody that connection – Australians of Asian background – lead the conversation,” says new Artistic Director, Annette Shun Wah, speaking on the upcoming festival.
World premiere performances include The Demon by award-winning novelist Michael Mohammed Ahmad, who will debut his talents as a playwright at OzAsia Festival 2021.
Internationally renowned martial arts performer Maria Tran will present her new theatre work Action Star, and choreographer/dancer Alison Currie and award-winning Japanese soloist Yui Kawaguchi will perform in their first collaboration together for Somewhere, Everywhere, Nowhere.
Acclaimed pianist Belle Chen will present the Australian premiere of Destinations, while The Special Comedy Comedy Special features some of this country’s leading Asian Australian comedians.
Sydney Theatre Company and Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta present Anchuli Felicia King’s White Pearl – a blisteringly funny satire about a skincare company whose new TV commercial goes viral for all the wrong reasons!
In Other Words will bring together some of Australia’s most inspiring contemporary writers as they engage in vital conversations about our past, present and future.
Double Delicious will see a stellar cast including renowned author Benjamin Law and celebrity chef Elizabeth Chong reveal the secrets of dishes significant to their lives.
Performance art piece AEON†: TITAN ARUM is among OzAsia Festival’s visual art highlights, with an installation at Nexus Arts including live appearances merging dance with uncanny puppetry by Justin Talplacido Shoulder.
The Art Gallery of South Australia will host exhibitions True Self and A Vast Emporium. Over at Mercury CX, the film program includes a celebration of Shanghai-born director Wong Kar Wai.
The Lucky Dumpling Market will return to Elder Park, and the ever-popular Moon Lantern Parade is evolving from a one-night event to span four days of free family experiences across the festival’s opening weekend. Starting at Adelaide Festival Centre and taking audiences over the Oval footbridge to Pinky Flat, the newly named Moon Lantern Trail will boast roving performances, interactive workshops and live music – along with plenty of giant lanterns on display.
“By showcasing the best of contemporary art experiences from Asia and fostering positive relationships between Australia and its neighbouring countries, OzAsia Festival provides major opportunities for artists to play their part in connecting people and communities,” says the Honourable Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia.
Echoing this sentiment, his Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia and OzAsia Festival Patron tells us that “OzAsia Festival brings together artists with many different voices and perspectives. The wide range of events highlighted in the program for this year are more than just arts experiences – they are opportunities to celebrate, and enjoy, the rich cultural diversity of the Asian region.”
Check out the full OzAsia Festival program online at www.ozasiafestival.com.au.