Entertainment Hive 2017

OzAsia a cultural gem

From Confucius to coins, photography

to free exhibitions, movies to music,

tea to Tan Dun   – this year's OzAsia

Festival is one to feed the senses.

The festival started with an emotional outpouring with Qingdao Song and Dance Theatre’s premiere and exclusive performance of Red Sorghum (September 3) and from this patriotic Chinese work audiences were then transported into an ethereal world of ghosts, foxes, immortals and demons as the award-winning Shandong Acrobatic Troupe staged the jaw-dropping, magical Australian premiere of Dream of the Ghost Story (September 5-6). There are two more weeks to go and plenty more exciting events including The Moon Lantern Festival on Monday, September 8, which will see Elder Park transformed into a theatrical, illuminated extravaganza. Another explosive Australian premiere see’s director Wang Chong and Théatre Du Réve Expérimental present Ibsen in One Take, a movie, filmed live on stage in a single take. And Beijing’s famed minimalist modern dance troupe TAO Dance Theatre has taken China by storm and is now set to captivate Adelaide audiences with the Australian premiere of 6 and the world premiere of 7, commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, with the support of the Adelaide Festival Centre. Festival Director Joseph Mitchell, heading up his first Festival, says this year’s program features some of the most exciting contemporary performance and visual arts from across Asia. “With programming that includes contemporary dance, theatre, music, visual arts, talks, film and many family friendly cultural events, 2014 will have something for everyone to relish,” Mitchell says. “This year’s Moon Lantern Festival will be bigger than ever with many exciting new lanterns being paraded for the first time, and more than 1300 participants in the parade.  “There are also many engagement opportunities for the community including arts and craft workshops facilitated by specialised artists from Shandong Province, a celebration of food and tea at the Migration Museum and many free talks and visual arts exhibitions at various venues and galleries in the city areas.” Other highlights from this year’s program include Floating Melodies which sees Adelaide icon The Popeye come to life for a series of concerts on the River Torrens; a world-first music project, Synergy Percussion, Australia’s oldest and foremost contemporary music ensemble, joins forces with Noreum Machi, one of Korea’s most important proponents of traditional drumming in a dark, vibrant and transformative concert experience Synergy Percussion Meets Noreum Machi. David Knox, managing director and CEO of major partner Santos says: “South Australia hosts a wide range of cultural festivals and sporting events each year, delivering not only wonderful spectacles but also economic success stories. "We believe the OzAsia Festival will play an increasingly important role in driving economic activity in South Australia and strengthening ties with some of our most important neighbours and Santos is very excited to be a part of that.” The culturally diverse OzAsia Festival runs until September 21. Bookings: BASS 131 246
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