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OzAsia highlights The countdown is on to this year’s OzAsia Festival which kicks off on 26 October. This year’s impressive festival features five world premieres, 20 Australian premieres and 22 South Australian exclusives. The festival will also host the Jaipur Literature Festival, a South-Asian institution and purportedly the largest free literary festival in the world. This year artistic director Joseph Mitchell is celebrating contemporary arts from all over Asia instead of focusing on one major area and there is a lot to celebrate. Highlights include: Guru of Chai: The contradictions of India with its iPhones and ancient gods come alive in this beautifully wrought production from one of New Zealand’s most successful theatre companies. A poor chai-wallah (tea-seller) has his life changed forever when a homeless girl in a Bangalore railway station brings the place to a standstill with the beauty of her singing. An honest young policeman falls hopelessly in love but is rejected in favour of a disreputable poet. Oct 25-27 Sutra: Award winning choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui returns to OzAsia Festival to celebrate the 10 year anniversary season of his iconic masterpiece Sutra. Featuring Cherkaoui himself on stage along with a troupe of 19 Shaolin Monks, Sutra is an acrobatic work marked by precision and spirituality, combining the exhilarating beauty of kung fu, Buddhist philosophy and contemporary dance. Nov 2-3 Nassim: A work from Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, whose play White Rabbit, Red Rabbit has been performed at Adelaide Fringe. It revolves around the role of language, and is performed each night be a different actor who hasn’t seen the script or had any opportunity to rehearse the play. Nov 1-3 Twilight’s 10th anniversary Join Bella, Edward and Jacob as they bring the romance and the fantasy of the original  Twilight  movie back to the big screen for one weekend only. On 26 th   October through to the 28 th   October (inclusive) cinemas around the country will screen the box office sensation and much-loved teen drama at selected locations across the weekend. The original and first instalment in the series of 5 epic films, focuses on the development of a personal relationship between human teenager Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), and the subsequent efforts of Edward and his family to keep Bella safe from a separate group of hostile vampires.