Five world premieres, 20 Australian premieres and 22 events exclusive to South Australia are en route to Adelaide as OzAsia Festival launches its most impressive line-up of contemporary arts from Asia to date.

Running from 25 October to 11 November, the 12th annual OzAsia Festival will feature work from 817 artists with 20 countries represented.

This year’s festival will showcase 439 activities, including more than 250 scheduled performances, 55 talk events, 34 film screenings, eight exhibitions and 66 workshops. Approximately 200,000 people are expected to attend over the 18 days.

Melbourne’s Herald Sun hailed her as a voice “that drips melodies like honey from a spoon”. Triple J Unearthed winner and RocKwiz regular Sophie Koh will perform songs from her award winning indie-popsynth album “Oh My Garden”, co-written with Ben Lee.

Award winning choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui returns to OzAsia Festival with his iconic acrobatic masterpiece Sutra, featuring Cherkaoui himself in the principal role along with a troupe of 19 Shaolin Monks, while internationally acclaimed Syrian production While I Was Waiting will give audiences a glimpse into the everyday lives of a family living in war-ravaged Syria.

In a massive coup for Adelaide, OzAsia Festival builds to a spectacular final weekend with the Jaipur Literature Festival showcasing the artistic, literary and culinary heritage of South Asia and the world with books, ideas, food, music, dialogue and debate from Friday 9 November to Sunday 11 November.

Forging stronger links between the Australian and Southeast Asian arts and cultural sectors, OzAsia Festival will also host Borak Arts Series, the major annual arts conference for Southeast Asia featuring a program of keynote speakers, panels, round table discussions, networking events and performance showcases. This is the first time the conference will be held outside of Malaysia.

Festival favourite, the Moon Lantern Parade, is back bigger and better this year, taking over Elder Park with an explosion of colour and lights on Saturday 27 October from 3pm to 9pm. With the largest venue capacity to date, this year’s event will give festivalgoers more vantage points to view the parade than ever before.

Outdoor hub, Lucky Dumpling Market will dish up the flavours of Asia with a smorgasbord of food trucks, plus free entertainment from local and international artists including Australia’s Gold Fields and Sophie Koh, Singapore’s Charlie Lim, Malaysia’s Nading Rhapsody and The Philippines’ Joey Ayala.

For more information on OzAsia 2018 see here.