Arts & Culture

OzAsia Festival welcomes over 85,000 in first week

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Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival welcomed more than 85,000 people across four days of performances and community events.

Families and guests flocked to the Moon Lantern Trail as it lit up Pinky Flat along the riverbank with giant lanterns, including a 40-metre-long Hong Kong Dragon. There were additional roving performances, puppetry, live music, food and interactive workshops on the festival’s opening weekend. 

“We couldn’t have hoped for a better start to OzAsia Festival. The beautiful moon lanterns reflected in the Torrens, delicious aromas at the Lucky Dumpling Market and the theatres full for the breathtaking performances of tiaen tiamen Episode 1 and Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream,” said OzAsia festival artistic director, Annette Shun Wah.

“Thank you, Adelaide, for coming out to celebrate with such enthusiasm. There’s much more to come over the next two weeks and we hope to see you there.”

The festival is taking place until November 5 after beginning on October 19, with the second week set to welcome music artists on the Lucky Beats stage such as Jade Zoe and Friends, Janguar Jonze and A-MUSE Project. 

“We are thrilled to see so many people enjoying OzAsia Festival’s opening week,” added Adelaide Festival Centre chief executive and artistic director Douglas Gautier. “These attendance numbers are a testament to the vision and hard work of Annette Shun Wah and the OzAsia Festival team in bringing such an engaging program to life.”

Audiences will also have the opportunity to witness the Australian premiere of Infinitely Closer from Singapore’s T.H.E Dance Company on the Festival Stage. Attendees will be further treated to another Australian premiere from Canadian composer and performer Njo Kong Kie, who transformed work from poet Xu Lizhi into song in I Swallowed a Moon Made of Iron. 

The Special Comedy Comedy Special is set to take place at Dunstan Playhouse, while AnimeGO!, a celebration of Japanese pop culture, will return to Adelaide Festival Centre. 

OzAsia’s final week will also feature The Bridal Lament, as well as A National History, another Australian premiere from Malaysia, and much more.