Get ready to dive into Asian culture like never before, because one of the best cultural festivals Adelaide has to offer is back and bigger than ever for 2019!

OzAsia Festival, Australia’s leading contemporary arts festival about Asia, is returning to our humble city for the 13th year in a row (wow!) from October 17th until November 3rd.

I’m already salivating at the thought of all those dumplings I’m going to devour!

With 850 artists from more than 20 countries flocking to our town, this year is bound to be one of the best yet! There will be 35 Adelaide exclusive events, 5 world-first performances and 22 Australian premieres, entertaining us with everything from music to theatre and dance, to film, literature and visual art.

The Lucky Dumpling Market, running every night (a big YES), and the Moon Lantern Festival which will be held on Saturday 19th October will both be back for your enjoyment! What better way to bring Asian culture to Adelaide and indulge in what our neighbouring continent has to offer.

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director, Douglas Gautier says, “There is simply nothing like our OzAsia Festival. No other arts festival demonstrates as well as this one the value of artistic exchange and the contribution to positive social, cultural and economic relationships between Australia and Asia.”

There are some new events to add to the calendar this year! These include:

Techno Circus (Japan)

SIRO-A, America’s Got Talent finalists, will be firing the stage at Dunstan Playhouse to perform their brand-new show, Techno Circus. This Japanese showstopper combines special effects, mime, dance, comedy, and a whole lot of electrifying music. Receiving millions of views on YouTube, they are ready to take Adelaide by storm!

WHEN: 18th – 20th October

WHERE: Dunstan Playhouse

Kata (French-Vietnamese)

This martial arts style street dance will leave you wanting more. World leading choreographer, Anne Nguyen, combines hip-hop, contemporary dance and Asian martial arts, into a spectacular dance ensemble. Seeking to promote the skill of street dance, she brings her show to Australia for the first time – so don’t miss it!

WHEN: 17th – 18th October

WHERE: Space Theatre

The Village (China)

Stan Lai, one of China’s most renowned playwrights and directors, brings his epic theatre production, The Village, to Adelaide. Get ready to get emotional, as the coming-of-age story follows the lives of three different families relocating to Taiwan in the 40s after the Chinese Nationalist Party was defeated by the Communists. Drawing from true stories, he combines poignant themes of identity, community and belonging and an amazing historical set to present a show depicting the true history of Taiwan.

WHEN: 25th – 26th October

WHERE: Festival Theatre

Surpassing the Beeline (India)

Food food food! Say no more. Theatre-maker Abhishek Thapar presents us with an exclusive theatrical-culinary experience solely created for our very own OzAsia Festival. Six different emigrants will take you on a literal food journey, each delivering a meaningful dish from their home country in an intimate dinner party setting. Six courses, each with a different story behind them, in one single dining room – an experience like no other.

WHEN: 29th – 31st October

WHERE: Banquet room, Adelaide Festival Centre

As Governor of South Australia and Patron of OzAsia Festival, Hieu Van Le, says, “I am delighted to see OzAsia Festival continue to flourish as a celebration of our cultural diversity and the exciting ways in which artists from Asia are exploring contemporary performance.” 

To view the full 2019 OzAsia Festival program, visit their website at www.ozasiafestival.com.au