Asian arts network meets in Oz for first time

Asian arts network meets in Oz for first timePerforming arts innovators from Europe and Asia will descend on Melbourne for the first time as part of IETM’s cultural exchange event.

The event hosted by the International Network for Contemporary Performing Artists (IETM) will see various performing arts producers and presenters from Europe and Asia come together with their Australian counterparts as they showcase their talents and combine their creative minds to develop up and coming future projects.

With more than 500 members from over 50 different countries including United Kingdom, Canada and Japan, the IETM is the oldest European network for the performing arts. It is the first time for it to be held in Melbourne, with past meetings having been in only Europe and some parts of Asia.

Australia Council Acting Executive Director Collette Brennen believes that the event will give Australian performing artists and organisations the opportunity to prosper as they further develop new and existing collaborations, and says that the meeting is Australia’s chance to showcase its diverse talent.

‘In the past decade IETM has sought to broaden its membership outside Europe and a number of the biannual meetings have been held in Asia, including Singapore, China and Japan,’ she said.

‘The event will bring together key players in the Asian, European and Australian performing arts sector to share expertise, build partnerships and create strong networks to facilitate the development of future projects.’

To coincide with the event, the Next Wave Festival will also present a range of new works from Australian and international performing and visual artists in a range of mediums including theatre, dance, media and installation art. The festival will be from 10 May to 11 May, while the IETM meeting will be from 12 May to 14 May next year.

‘The IETM Satellite meeting will start on the Monday and delegates can look forward to interesting presentations and speakers from some of the world’s leading performing arts companies, workshops with industry peers and making new contacts within the sector,’ Ms Brennen said.

Australian participants that are interested in attending the satellite meeting event must undergo an Expressions of Interest process. Art workers with a track record of working in Asia are also encouraged to apply.

Interested companies should contact Australia Council IETM Collaboration Project Director Sophie Travers ats.travers@australiacouncil.gov.au

Image: Asia in Australia – Adelaide’s Moon Lantern festival

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