Australian Performing Arts Exchange moves entirely online

The annual conference and arts market will now take place entirely online.

The ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in changes to the format of this year’s Australian Performing Arts Exchange (APAX).

The conference – presented by Performing Arts Connections Australia (PAC Australia) and combining an arts market with professional development opportunities – was due to be held at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in the Sydney suburb of Kensington, with a mix of physical and digital sessions.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend in 2017. In 2019 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021.

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