Quarterly Asia TOPA series to launch ahead of 2025 festival

The first Asia TOPA Radar event will showcase works by the Pacific Sisters, Luke George and Daniel Kok, and Thukral and Tagra.
Asia Topa. Image is triptych; on the left is a person walking on water, draped in fishing net and with long yellow ropes coming from their head; in the middle is a woman all in white, with a white headdress and long white hair down her back, sitting on grey sand holding up a black cudgel shaped object; on the right is a woman in a green lush jungle wearing a flamboyant orange fringed costume and headdress.

Asia TOPA, the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts, is hosting a quarterly event series titled Asia TOPA Radar, starting at the University of Melbourne on 30 November this year. While the festival will return in full force in February and March 2025 helmed by new Creative Director Jeff Khan, this event series seeks to bring together artists and audiences to uncover new art and culture from the Asia Pacific region.

Asia TOPA Radar will provide a platform for Asia Pacific artists, thinkers, DJs and musicians to stage informal presentations and performances. A number of the eight leading artists who are participating in the Asia TOPA festival creative development program will engage with the quarterly series. The development program encourages research, experimentation and creation, while allowing the artists to familiarise themselves with the context of the third iteration of Asia TOPA in 2025.

Unlock Padlock Icon

Unlock this content?

Access this content and more

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. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram: @lleizy_