Getting the balance right in a festival of Asian Australian cultures

OzAsia Festival returns in 2023 to centre Australian Asian diasporic experiences and connect with forefront contemporary projects abroad.

The annual OzAsia Festival returns to enthral audiences in a three-week program including contemporary dance, theatre, food, conversations and music. Running from 19 October to 5 November around and beyond the Adelaide Festival Centre, OzAsia is an ode to the power of art in spotlighting diversity and connection.

Artistic Director Annette Shun Wah, who took over the role in 2020, tells ArtsHub: ‘There are three main pillars in my approach to OzAsia. They are: to showcase the breadth of contemporary works by Asian creatives internationally, highlight artists from the Asian Australian diaspora and the topics they are exploring, and connect with people and community.’

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_