By Lauren Hermon
With a creative drive to connect Australian performing artists with the world’s largest continent, OzAsia Festival director, Joseph Mitchell, is preparing to embark on his latest Asian adventure.
This year’s OzAsia Festival will firmly place the spotlight on Hong Kong.
“Learning is a two way exchange, so, I’m excited to see how South Australia and Hong Kong talent mixes and shares information about their arts and culture in the upcoming OzAsia Festival,” Joseph said.
Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre, OzAsia Festival is Australia’s leading annual arts festival showcasing the best contemporary artists from across Asia, connecting audiences with an outstanding array of theatre, music, dance, visual arts, film and food.
The Adelaide Festival Centre and major international arts body, Hong Kong Arts Development Council, will today (Saturday, 9 April 2016) sign a cultural agreement paving the way for performing arts programs to be shared between the two institutions.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding means the 2016 OzAsia Festival will present the largest showcase of Hong Kong arts and culture in South Australia, with premieres of leading dance companies, music, visual arts and film.
Developing and presenting the best contemporary work from Asia and Australia has always been part of Joseph’s artistic agenda.
“South Australia has its own identity and dialogue, with Hong Kong also having its own story to tell,” he said.
“It’s going to be exciting to see the artistic difference between the cultures.”
Over the years, OzAsia Festival has highlighted the talent of performing artists in particular regions of Asia, including Korea, Japan, Malaysia, India, and China.
OzAsia Festival runs from 17 September and 2 October 2016.