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With the onset of Spring occurring in under a month's time, our beautiful city of Adelaide will be coming out of its winter slumber to reignite the city festivities again with the warmer and brighter days seeping in.

One such event that will be kicking off the festivities around mid-October is the beloved OzAsia Festival. Back again in its 13th consecutive year, OzAsia Festival will be held throughout the Adelaide Festival Centre premises from October 17 - November 3 and will welcome over 60 events, including 35 Adelaide-exclusives, 5 world-first performances, and 22 Australian premieres.

With the aim of displaying the enriching culture of Asia in our city, this year's OzAsia Festival will be bringing in over 850 artists from 20 countries within the Asian continent, where patrons will be treated to an exciting and engaging line-up of boundary-pushing works across music, theatre, dance, film, literature, and visual art (to name a few).

While the festival may only be just under three weeks long, it will give Adelaidians the prime opportunity to go out into town and celebrate one of the most exotic cultures in the world through its performances, screenings, and exhibitions, in addition to taking advantage of a number of free events, including the Lucky Dumpling Market (October 17 to November 3), Moon Lantern Parade (Saturday, October 19) and the Jaipur Literature Festival. Adelaide (November 1-3), which is a contemporary literature festival that will offer patrons with a space to participate in panels and debates and attend readings and music performances.

Photography courtesy Isabelle Yong

In contemporary dance, we will see Akram Khan's contemporary dance performance Outwitting the Devil, Damien Jalet's Vessel, Hervé Koubi's acrobatics show What the Day Owes to the Night, Anne Nguyen's martial art-inspired street dance Kata, Stan Lai's epic theatre production The Village, and America's Got Talent finalists SIRO-A's show Techno Circus.

In music, we will be captivated by the voices of Susheela Raman, Malaysian pop star Siti Nurhaliza, and music icon Nitin Sawhney, in addition to the electronic soundscape of Beirut Electro Parade, and the vinyl vibes of Shik Shak Shok. We will also see rapper / poet / award-winning author Omar Musa bring his lyrical songboard of a show Since Ali Died, which is a beautiful tribute to his hero Muhammed Ali.

Photography courtesy Isabelle Yong

In theatre, we will see the return of OzAsia favourites Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker presenting Totes Adorbs: Hurricane, which is a whirlwind tribute to Japanese subculture, Japanese theatre maker Kuro Tanino (2017's The Dark Inn) with The Dark Master, which will give their audiences with a gripping performance featuring a mysterious chef giving directions through an earpiece. Malaysian theatre company Terryandthecuz (2016's human trafficking-themed Sk!N) will be presenting their newest work in collaboration with Black Lung Theatre co-founder Thomas Henning – LIGHT – which is an experimental work that tackles a revisionist history of Penang and the birth of Adelaide. Belgium's Ontroerend Goed will be bringing through his most anticipated form of interactive theatre – £¥€$ – which will craftily display the working of our world's biggest banks and the way they pull strings to make it work in their favour.

In visual art, art enthusiasts will have an impressive selection of exhibitions to choose from, such as Still by Taiwan's Joyce Ho, Samsung Loves Us All by Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, The Glamorous Boys of Tang by Taiwan's Su Hui-Yu, Sorry for Real by French Guiana's Tabita Rezaire and Sisters Sangam, which will showcase the works of 14 emerging and established artists from India and South Australia brought together by Adelaide's Daniel Connell. The Art Gallery of South Australia will be participating in this year's OzAsia Festival lineup from October 31 to November 30, by offering their patrons with its first major display of Islamic art for No god but God: The art of Islam, along with Sonic Blossom by Taiwanese-American artist Lee Mingwei, while the Samstag Museum of Art will host Ascent by Fiona Tan from October 18 to December 6.

"The 2019 OzAsia Festival will be our largest, most adventurous and fun-filled festival to date. There really is something for everyone – from free events through to thought-provoking theatre and visually stunning dance. We're excited to see some of the most loved artists from previous OzAsia Festivals returning with new works, while our more adventurous audience members can indulge in our more immersive events like a pop-up performance in the Dunstan Playhouse foyer (Stuck in the Narrowest Path) and a six-course meal featuring stories from local and visiting expats (Surpassing the Beeline)."

Joseph Mitchell (OzAsia Festival Artistic Director)

The 13th annual OzAsia Festival will run from October 17 to November 3. To see the complete line-up and book tickets, go here.

Photography courtesy Isabelle Yong
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Why? Time to get in touch with the rich Asian culture in the heart of Adelaide!
When: OzAsia Festival - Oct 17 - Nov 3
Phone: 61 8 8216 8600 (Reception) // 131 246 (Ticket Enquiries)
Where: Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide SA 5000
Cost: $$
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