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OzAsia Festival

Posted by OzAsia Festival | Sep 30, 2021

Taking place from 21st October – 7th November 2021, OzAsia Festival is Australia’s leading contemporary arts festival engaging with Asia. It presents a bold and exciting line-up of boundary-pushing contemporary arts each year and is revered by audiences and critics alike. Read the wrap-up of the 2019 festival.

Held annually over three weeks in spring, OzAsia Festival showcases the best theatre, dance, music, visual arts, literature, film, food and cultural events from across Asia. Its extensive program has included artists from around the world, including countries such as Japan, Korea, China, Cambodia, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Iran, Latvia, Malaysia, Singapore, Syria, the United States, Israel, Thailand, the United Kingdom, The Philippines and Australia.

Family audiences will love OzAsia Festival’s Moon Lantern Trail – a free outdoor reimagining of the ever popular Moon Lantern Parade; and foodies adore the Lucky Dumpling Market – the vibrant and ever-popular OzAsia Festival hub offering delicious food inspired by Asian cuisine, bars, and free entertainment throughout the festival. OzAsia Festival’s new writing and ideas program In Other Words will also showcase conversations about Australia’s engagement with Asia in the largest dedicated showcase for Asian and Asian Australian writers and thinkers.

There is something for everyone at OzAsia Festival and we invite you to join us when we celebrate the best of contemporary Asia in Australia each year!


OzAsia Festival will see the world premiere of Perahu-Perahu at Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre. Wed 27 –  Sat 30 October 2021.

As part of the Carriageworks 2021 In Development Program Perahu-Perahu is a new collaboration between celebrated visual artist Jumaadi and composer/sound designer Michael Toisuta. The play re-imagines the magical world of shadow theatre, using cutouts, found materials, overhead projection and live music to focus on the boats and ships that have sailed between the Indonesian archipelago and Australian waters for hundreds of years.

Double Delicious

After sell out shows at Sydney Festival and Asia TOPA Double Delicious is back on the menu.  Join the original cast of living national treasure Elizabeth Chong, writer and broadcaster Benjamin Law, kim chi master Heather Jeong, writer/choreographer Raghav Handa and director/theatre-maker Valerie Berry, as they reveal the stories behind the significant dishes in their lives. Best of all, at the end of each story, the audience tastes the dish!  OzAsia Festival presents five shows only, in the sumptuous surroundings of the Grand Ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel, Adelaide. Thursday 28 – Sat 30 October

The program is so huge head click the link below or head to  OzAsiaFestival.com.au to check on program updates as some show have had to be cancelled due to travel restrictions.

If you’re in Adelaide, Lucky you! If not, take a look at the virtual viewing options and the In Other Words writing and ideas program!

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