Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Talks focus on cultural engagement between Australia and Asia

Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Talks focus on cultural engagement between Australia and Asia
October 20, 2020

Adelaide Festival Centre’s innovative new online series - OzAsia Festival Talks - begins tonight with a livestream from Her Majesty’s Theatre focusing on cultural engagement between Australia and Asia.  

OzAsia Talks will feature critical conversations between contemporary artists and arts professionals from across Asia. Programmed and hosted by recently appointed OzAsia Festival Artistic Director Annette Shun Wah (pictured below), the series includes panel discussions, artist profiles and poetry performances.

Shun Wah advises “in a year when so much has happened to shift the way in which individuals and communities connect with each other, the cultural engagement of Australia and Asia could not be more crucial. The arts play a vital role in deepening this engagement, but the pandemic has had far-reaching impacts on artistic practice and thinking. OzAsia Talks is an opportunity to share experiences and new ideas from artists and arts leaders in our region.”

The live panel discussion will also feature Art Gallery of South Australia Director, Rhana Devenport ONZM and international guests via video link – Indonesian art curator Sadiah Boonstra and Kee Hong Low, Director of Programs for Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.

OzAsia Talks will continue until 3rd November and includes two In Conversation interviews with Helpmann award-winning playwright S. Shakthidharan and renowned Singaporean theatre director Ong Keng Sen.  

The series concludes with Drop the Mic – a collection of poetry readings curated by the team behind the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival, who normally present the three-day satellite event JLF Adelaide at OzAsia Festival.  

While OzAsia Festival is unable to present a full program this year, one of its regular attractions – outdoor food and entertainment hub Lucky Dumpling Market – will pop up in Adelaide’s Elder Park from 30th October to 15th  November.  

For family audiences and fans of the ever-popular Moon Lantern Parade, OzAsia Festival will present an online lantern making workshop from 23rd October thanks to the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide.  

Other OzAsia Festival 2020 activities include Indian dance workshops with Mudra Dance Academy for local school students later this month. Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre’s centrED program, the workshops were made possible thanks to the work of the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation and with the generous support of the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation.  

Adelaide Festival Centre Chief Executive and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier notes “OzAsia Festival is such a vital celebration of cultural diversity and artistic excellence, so it was very important to us that we find new ways to engage with our audiences despite the ongoing challenges we face as a result of COVID-19.  

“It’s very exciting to be reaching a worldwide audience and supporting contemporary artists with our OzAsia Talks series. These conversations are sure to be both inspiring and timely as the international arts community works together to overcome the various threats posed by the ongoing restrictions on live performances.  

“Adelaide Festival Centre will keep the OzAsia Festival spirit alive in 2020 through this digital re-imagining of Australia’s leading contemporary arts festival engaging with Asia.”

OzAsia Talks can be viewed at and on the OzAsia Festival website

After tonight’s livestreamed opening event from 6pm Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), videos will be posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am ACST except for Drop the Mic, which runs from 1pm ACST on 3rd November.

OzAsia Talks (Live) is supported by a grant from Multicultural Affairs, Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Image top OzAsia Festival promotion and image above OzAsia Festival Artistic Director Annette Shun Wah. Credit Prudence Upton 


Related Articles

14th October 2020 - Adelaide Festival Centre reports 77 shows cancelled during Coronavirus shutdown

12th August 2020 - Adelaide Festival Centre welcomes audiences to newly developed Her Majesty’s Theatre

20th June 2020 - Adelaide Festival Centre trust announces new appointments 

8th October 2019 - Adelaide Festival Centre set to host inaugural Asia-Pacific Creative Cities Conference

19th August 2019 - Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation launches ‘Buy A Seat’ fundraising campaign

7th August 2019 - Adelaide Festival Centre releases its 2019 OzAsia Festival program

19th January 2018 - Stars launch Adelaide Festival Centre Walk of Fame

30th September 2016 - Adelaide Festival Centre designs released ahead of $900 million plaza precinct redevelopment

2nd February 2016 - Plan to include Walk of Fame in Adelaide Festival Centre redevelopment

10th November 2015 - Adelaide Festival Centre launches 2016 season

Support our industry news service
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

As an independent publisher, we need reader support for our industry news gathering so ask that - if you don't already do so - you back us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine and/or our online news.

Click here to view our subscription options.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Perfect Gym

Perfect Gym Solutions is a software as a service (SaaS) solution purpose-built to service the fitness industry, with over 1000 clients servicing over 2 million gym members across 40 countries making…

read more

Access / Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Technology


Jonas Leisure

Jonas Software operates over 110 independently managed software brands around the world, providing them with the strategic guidance and financial security required to be leaders in their respective…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Fitness / Recreation / Sport


Smart Connection Consultancy

Smart Connection Consultancy is a boutique sport and recreation consultancy who has become one of Australia’s leading advocates for the use of synthetic sports surfaces as a vehicle to grow…

read more

Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces


Hydrocare Pool Services

Hydrocare Pool Services Pty Ltd offer 30 years of experience in aquatic industry features, products and water treatment. Hydrocare Pools has undertaken water treatment for aquatic centres and…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Recreation / Technology


BioLab Australia Pty Ltd

BioGuard is Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted supplier of premium, innovative and affordable commercial water treatment systems and chemicals. BioGuard offers a comprehensive range of…

read more

Aquatics / Technology / Waterparks


The P.A. People

The P.A. People is a specialist integrator and contractor in sound reinforcement, audio visual systems, performance lighting and production communications. Over its almost 50 year history the company…

read more

Entertainment / Events / Sport / Technology / Venues



A leading designer and manufacturer of innovative waterslides and attractions, Australian Waterslides and Leisure (AWL) is also able to advise clients in the areas of concept and design, feasibility…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business