Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia festival proudly presents three fabulous weeks of the best contemporary Asian and Asian Australian performances, art, literature, cuisine and culture in the 2022 event’s return, taking place from 20 October to 6 November.

This year’s program features over 500 community, national and international artists from over 8 countries, and includes 10 world premieres, an Australian premiere and seven Adelaide premieres, across 50 paid and free events and exhibitions.

In her third year as Artistic Director, Annette Shun Wah is delighted to welcome outstanding artists, writers and thinkers from Australia and Asia.

Annette Shun Wah, artistic director of the OzAsia festival:

I loved how OzAsia festival audiences embraced our program last year. With the borders open this year, we are delivering even more exceptional, meaningful and exciting works of creativity and art, placing Asian and Asian Australian perspectives, imagination and ideas firmly at the center of this unique festival. Join us for three weeks of wonder, beauty, magic and stories that will warm your heart and fill your minds and stomachs in the most satisfying way.

The free family favorite event, the Moon Lantern Trail, returns opening weekend, spanning four fun-filled days! Walk around Tarntanya Wama/Pinky Flat at your own pace to see more than a dozen giant handcrafted lanterns, including four brand new lanterns and the popular 40-meter-long Hong Kong Dragon.

Attendees will be greeted by the new Grace Gate, which lights up at night. Created by renowned artist Tianli Zu, its paper-cut design is inspired by Australian and Asian natural elements and what they culturally symbolize. Free traveling shows, puppets, and live music are also offered, along with interactive workshops to create your own memories of the visit.

The Australian premiere of SNAP by South Korea’s GRUEJARM Productions is a breathtakingly magical blend of illusion, mime, comedy and cabaret, wowing international audiences including on Broadway and the Edinburgh Fringe. Blending sleight of hand, Chaplinesque vaudevillian comedy, and incredible visual effects, the storyline follows three tricksters as they stumble through a mysterious door, encounter a variety of mystical characters, and find themselves visiting multiple realities in a stunning performance of fantasy art. Do not miss.

Two works will have their world premieres in 2022 after postponements from the 2021 OzAsia Festival schedule. Leading film actor and fight choreographer Maria Tran’s Action Star shatters everything from glass ceilings to gender and racial stereotypes as she reveals his story during his debut in the theater.

The Long Walk by choreographer Sue Healey is inspired by the pilgrimage of more than 16,000 Chinese miners in the 1850s to the gold fields of Victoria. The play will be performed on the uniquely beautiful rugged coast of Robe and led by Australian Asian dancers Kimball Wong and Julian Renlong Wong, and streamed simultaneously online and at the Space Theater at the Adelaide Festival Center via real-time drone and livestream. camera recording as the dancers move spontaneously through the extraordinary landscape.

Two additional works from the 2021 OzAsia festival program will premiere in Adelaide in 2022. Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s gripping play The Demon investigates the political history of white Australia in a neo-noir investigation full action set in modern-day Sydney, while When is a deeply personal story by Chinese-Australian musician, songwriter and performer Mindy Meng Wang about upheaval, family and the global pandemic, sharing stories between her hometown of Lanzhou , Wuhan and his new home of Melbourne.

Renowned journalist Jane Hutcheon delves into her family archives to recount her mother’s extraordinary childhood in pre-Communist China in Lost in Shanghai in an intimate and moving performance at the Space Theatre. In an unmissable Adelaide dance premiere and the final weekend of the festival, Dalisa Pigram, a Yawuru and Bardi woman of Malay and Filipino descent, delves into the history of decolonization and industrialization of the ‘Australia on traditional lands asking how we can move from a broken past to a brighter future in Gudirr Gudirr. The title is taken from the call of the guwayi bird to signal when the tide is turning: a signal well known to the Aboriginal peoples of Australia’s northwest region.

Douglas Gautier AM, CEO and Artistic Director of Adelaide Festival Center:

This year’s OzAsia festival program shines brightly on the central ideas of our multicultural community. I look forward to seeing everyone at the wide variety of free and paid events we will be offering to the public.

Music also plays an important role in this year’s program. Bridge of Dreams is a breathtaking collaboration between 22 leading Australian and Indian musicians, led by award-winning saxophonist Sandy Evans. Iconic New York-based Singaporean pianist Margaret Leng Tan explores her 50-year career and her impact on avant-garde music in Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep. And on the final day, Hyoshi in Counterpoint sees virtuoso percussionist Satomi Ohnishi and Guzheng virtuoso Zhao Liang leading an all-star collective of six South Australian women, all from different musical traditions and practices.

Korean alternative K-pop sensation LEENALCHI (이날치) and Australian-Korean hip-hop supergroup 1300 team up to present an uplifting evening of alt-pop, funk and rap, while Nexus Arts will host Eastmode in the West End: a massive party block celebrating the rise of Asian hip-hop and RnB, featuring multi-award-winning artist Kuya James and DJ/curator Diola as well as artists Eastmode, Parvyn, Barkada, Claz and many more to come!

The final weekend will be the writing and ideas program In Other Words, under the new curatorship of writer and performer Jennifer Wong (host of ABC iView Chopsticks or Fork?), and with guest curators and well-known journalists and broadcasters Beverley Wang (ABC Radio National) and Marc Fennell (SBS TV The Feed, Dateline, Mastermind Australia; ABC TV India Now, The School That Tried to End Racism).

The program returns for another year of impactful conversations between poets, novelists, journalists, playwrights, performers and creatives from around the world. Events include the new Business Breakfast, hosted by business leader Karen Loon, and Lunch on the Riverbank with acclaimed local author Katherine Tamiko Arguile. The full schedule of exciting events for In Other Words will be announced and go on sale in September.

Returning after an incredible debut in 2021, The Comedy Special Comedy Special brings a stellar roster of Australian-Asian comedians to the stage at Her Majesty’s Theatre. With live music from local street band Trio Sepia and hosted by Jennifer Wong, who will also be performing. Programming is drawn from the Australian comedy circuit and from The Project, The Footy Show and Triple J, including Michael Hing, Suren Jayemanne, Suraj Kolarkar, Lizzy Hoo, Annie Louey, Patrick Golamco, Jason Chong and South Australian artists The Coconuts (Shabana Azeez and Leela Varghese).

Minister for the Arts, The Honorable Andrea Michaels MP:

I congratulate OzAsia Festival on its 15th year in 2022 and encourage everyone to make the most of the amazing program that Annette Shun Wah and her team have put together. The Government of South Australia is proud to support this wonderfully popular and annual not-to-be-missed event on Adelaide’s festival calendar.

Knowing that feeding your stomach is just as important as your mind, OzAsia festival favourite, Lucky Dumpling Market, is once again in Elder Park serving up a colorful array of delicious food from the best local vendors! Presented by the Gluttony team, enjoy free live entertainment with Lucky Beats (a selection of local and national musical acts on the main stage), a range of community performances and free workshops for families offered every weekend.

The free event, the world premiere of rock opera The Rat Catcher of Angkor Wat, a groundbreaking outdoor musical theater and puppet experience, will take place at both the Lucky Dumpling Market and Festival Plaza, with separate performance sessions offered in both contexts. set in the futuristic year of 2222. Created by Victoria’s A Blanck Canvas and world-renowned psych rockers The Cambodian Space Project, it’s a perfect evening addition to your OzAsia festival experience.

A brand new event in 2022 is the Bubble Tea Garden! Overlooking Lucky Dumpling Market and taking place November 5-6, come sample this beloved Taiwanese delicacy that has taken the world by storm; you may even be among the first to taste the exclusive flavors of the Festival.

In collaboration with State Theater Company South Australia, playwright Michelle Law’s family comedy Single Asian Female, directed by Adelaide’s Nescha Jelk and starring Juanita Navas-Nguyen, Elvy-Lee Quici and The Family Law star, Fiona Choi.

One-day events include AnimeGO! the annual celebration of pop culture showcasing all things cool and quirky about Japan through cosplay, anime, workshops and competitions, first held at the Adelaide Festival Center in the Banquet Hall. Now in its seventh year, OzAsia Festival’s Favorite Chinese Music Day at the Elder Hall and Elder Conservatorium of Music is an opportunity to experience the beauty of Chinese music and instruments in traditional and new ways.

Visual artists will also take center stage with screens on King William Road showcasing A New World on Earth, artist Tianli Zu’s new video animation illustrating the relationship between humanity and nature through digital work, to a soundtrack by Australian composer Andrew Zhou. Nexus Arts will host Pendulum, curated by Jonathan Kim from South Australia, in which six local second-generation Asian immigrant visual artists explore the process of acculturation (assimilation into a new culture) and the restoration that comes from reconnecting.

The foyers of the Festival Theater in Adelaide’s Festival Center will present three exhibitions all programmed around the theme ‘Women at Work’ in visual response to 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL, taking place at the Festival Theater throughout October.

Works are exhibited in a variety of different mediums, exploring ideas such as the inequitable gender division of labor and racial differences, the struggle for education and employment, and the limits of the glass and bamboo ceiling . Originally from Indonesia, Batik Sangiran captures cultural motifs on fabric created by a team of thirteen researchers and ten women batik artists.

Dream Job, curated by Melbourne-based arts curator and writer Sophia Cai, examines the highs and lows of how, where, why and for whom women work in the modern world. Art, Not War features the work of Shamsia Hassani, Afghanistan’s first female graffiti artist, and will include brand new artwork created specifically for the OzAsia festival.


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