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APAM acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters, communities, and culture. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and, through them, to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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APAM 2020–2024 is an initiative of the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

2020 Program Announcement

Gatherings are hosted events at established festivals around Australia, beginning with Melbourne and Darwin in 2020.

APAM Gatherings enable national and international presenters to experience Australian and New Zealand contemporary performance in context and under ideal presentation conditions: at full scale, full length, with uncompromised production values, and with a public audience. APAM Gatherings will be held at a range of festivals around the country, diversifying experiences of Australian contemporary performance. All Gatherings will include significant contributions from First Nations artists and companies.

Gatherings for 2020 will be hosted at:

Asia TOPA (Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts)
Melbourne, Vic | 24–28 February 2020

Darwin Festival
Darwin, NT | August 2020

APAM Gatherings replace the previous biennial market events. APAM’s partnerships with host festivals will increase the number, diversity and geographic spread of APAM activities. To learn more about APAM Gatherings and how they fit into the new approach, read the APAM Overview.

You can also download the APAM Program Overview in an accessible Word format

Profile Expressions of Interest Have Closed

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for Profile at the APAM Gathering at Asia TOPA have now closed.

Selected by a Curatorial Panel, APAM’s Profile highlights the ideas, works and practices of Australian and New Zealand artists and organisations. The APAM Gathering at Asia TOPA has three types of Profile sessions:

PITCHES / for works in development seeking commission or presentation.
SNAPSHOT / an insight into an artist or company’s body of work.
TOUR-READY / for works with a completed premiere that are ready for further touring and presentation seasons.

Applicants will be notified by 1 October of the outcome of their EOI.

For details on the EOI process, please download the EOI Overview, which is also available in an accessible Word format. You can also view the APAM Roadshow presentation and our online Q&A session with New Zealand artists

APAM Wire Series

The APAM Wire series is a regular online event. It provides a range of perspectives from the international market alongside discussions of creative practice and in-market experiences.

The first of these regular conversations kick off in September:

Wire #1 Africa's creative exchange and market place - Pan African Creative Exchange

Nike Jonah (Executive Director | PACE), Erwin Mass (Co Founding Director | PACE) and Ricardo Peach (Director | Vrystaat Arts Festival) in conversation with Naomi Velaphi.

DATE | Tuesday 10 September 2019
TIME | 3:30pm AEST

Wire #2 Experimental practice and updates from ADAM Tapei, Taiwan

Jeff Khan (Artistic Director & CEO | Performance Space) in conversation with Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey (artists) and Jeremy Smith (Director Community, Emerging and Experimental Arts | Australia Council)

DATE | Wednesday 25 September 2019
TIME | 3:00pm AEST

Join in on these conversations and reserve a spot below:

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About APAM

The Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) works year-round, and across Australia, to connect contemporary Australian theatre, dance, emerging and experimental art with national and international opportunities.

Whether you’re an Australian artist or company, a venue, a festival or an international colleague, APAM champions contemporary Australian performance by deepening relationships and stimulating new markets and pathways across the globe. Please read our APAM Overview for further details, which is also available in an accessible Word format.

As a strategic initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts, APAM has operated for 24 years as a biennial market event in Canberra (1994-1998), Adelaide (1998-2012), and Brisbane (2014-2018). For 2020-2024, APAM is delivered by Creative Victoria and has evolved to reflect the increasingly connected, sophisticated and established Australian performing arts sector. The role of APAM in its new iteration is to deepen relationships through exchange, reciprocity, and hospitality.

Central to APAM’s continued success is the celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, companies and communities. APAM works with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, an internationally significant First Nations-run and led performing arts company, as the First Nations Lead for APAM. ILBIJERRI brings extensive expertise and leadership to APAM, and focuses in particular on building capacity, skills, and networks among First Nations arts leaders.

The APAM Office is led by Director, Catherine Jones. Working alongside the First Nations Lead in the APAM team is a dynamo squad of Program Producers – Naomi Velaphi and Josh Wright – who work on the design and delivery of the APAM Office, Gatherings and intelligence collection and sharing. APAM welcomes your ideas, contributions and involvement in APAM and our activities over the coming years.

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