Pollen Revolution by Akira Kasai. Image: Daido Hiroyasu

Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts 2020

24 - 28 FEBRUARY | MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Scroll down for full information, including Gathering schedule, helpful information for navigating Melbourne and details on the Artists involved with the APAM Gathering at Asia TOPA.

GATHERING SCHEDULE
A Quick Glance of the APAM Gathering Schedule is available to download as a PDF HERE. Participants will receive a copy of this upon Registration.

PARTICIPANT LIST
Access the live Participant List – Gallery View here.
Access the live Participant List – Grid View here.

The APAM Gathering at Asia TOPA will be attended by over 350 national and international colleagues and includes 16 Showcase works at the festival alongside 49 Profile presentations by Australian and New Zealand artists, 7 local player visits, 3 special events and an extensive exchange and talks program.

The APAM Gathering at Asia TOPA takes place on the lands of the Kulin Nation.

  • SCHEDULE
  • VENUES
  • GATHERING INFO
  • HOST CITY
  • ARTISTS
  • Mon 24 Feb
  • Tue 25 Feb
  • Wed 26 Feb
  • Thu 27 Feb
  • Fri 28 Feb
  • Pre Gathering
  • Post Gathering
  • IN & AROUND

Wednesday Overview

Gathering

Exchange: Blak LAB Sharing

Meat Market

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Gathering

PROFILE: Tour-Ready

Meat Market

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Black Ties

The Pavilion - Arts Centre Melbourne

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Gathering

Local Player: Abbotsford Convent

Curation and Community

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Gathering

Local Player: ACCA

Performance in the Gallery

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Gathering

Local Player: Footscray Community Arts Centre

The future of community-engaged practice

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Gathering

Smoke and Fire Yarns: Power and the Passion – Our Ancestors Return Home

Courtyard - Malthouse Theatre

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Black Ties

The Pavilion - Arts Centre Melbourne

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Metal

Playhouse - Arts Centre Melbourne

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

The Seen & Unseen

Martyn Myer Arena - VCA

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Are You Ready to Take the Law Into Your Own Hands

Arts House

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Gathering

Late Night Meeting Point

Common Rooms - Trades Hall

9:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Showcase | Durational

Biometric Mirror: Performance under Surveillance

NExT Lab Melbourne School of Design

20 - 28 February 2020

Showcase | Durational

Feedback Loops

Australian Centre of Contemporary Art (ACCA)

7 December 2019 – 22 March 2020

Showcase | Durational

Knowledge in your hands, eyes and mind

Arts Centre Melbourne

8 February - 22 March 2020

Showcase | Durational

‘Woven Song’ Australian Launch | Installation

Australian Tapestry Workshop

11 February – 17 April 202

Thursday Overview

Gathering

Exchange: Labs & Residencies

Meat Market

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Gathering

Exchange: Sleeping Over – Festival Tourism

Meat Market

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Gathering

Exchange: Go West – Vancouver, LA, and Mexico

Meat Market

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Gathering

PROFILE: Pitches

Meat Market

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Gathering

PROFILE: Snapshot

Meat Market

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Gathering

Drinks

Meat Market

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Biometric Mirror: Performance under Surveillance

NExT Lab Melbourne School of Design

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM | SOLD OUT

Showcase | Ticketed

Made in China 2.0

The Tower, Malthouse Theatre

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Black Ties

The Pavilion - Arts Centre Melbourne

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Double Delicious

Abbotsford Convent

7:00 PM - 8:40 PM

Showcase | Free

HuRU-hARa

Abbotsford Convent

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Metal

Playhouse - Arts Centre Melbourne

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

The Seen & Unseen

Martyn Myer Arena - VCA

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Are You Ready to Take the Law Into Your Own Hands

Arts House

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Hades Memudar (Hades Fading)

La Mama Courthouse

7:30 PM - 8:50 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Torch the Place

Fairfax Studio - Arts Centre Melbourne

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Gathering

Club Fringe: 3 Minutes to Save the World

Common Rooms - Trades Hall

9:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Showcase | Durational

Biometric Mirror: Performance under Surveillance

NExT Lab Melbourne School of Design

20 - 28 February 2020

Showcase | Durational

Feedback Loops

Australian Centre of Contemporary Art (ACCA)

7 December 2019 – 22 March 2020

Showcase | Durational

Knowledge in your hands, eyes and mind

Arts Centre Melbourne

8 February - 22 March 2020

Showcase | Durational

When It Rains (I feel like eating Jeon)

Abbotsford Convent

20 February – 1 March 2020

Showcase | Durational

‘Woven Song’ Australian Launch | Installation

Australian Tapestry Workshop

11 February – 17 April 202

Friday Overview

Gathering

Exchange: Briefing

Meat Market

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM

Gathering

NEIGHBOURHOOD

Meat Market

9:45 AM - 5:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Obang

ArtPlay

10:00 & 11:45 AM | SOLD OUT

Gathering

Neighbourhood: Provocations

Meat Market

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Gathering

Neighbourhood: Let’s Unpack That

Meat Market

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Gathering

Neighbourhood: Break Outs #1

Meat Market

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Gathering

Neighbourhood: Break Outs #2

Meat Market

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Free | Ticketed

Forum: Sipat Lawin

Arts House

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Hades Memudar (Hades Fading)

La Mama Courthouse

2:00 PM - 3:20 PM

Gathering

Neighbourhood: Plenary

Meat Market

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Obang

ArtPlay

2:30 PM

Gathering

Neighbourhood: Roundtable #1

Meat Market

3:15 PM - 3:55 PM

Gathering

Neighbourhood: Roundtable #2

Meat Market

4:10 PM - 4:50 PM

Gathering

Farewell Drinks

Meat Market

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Double Delicious

Abbotsford Convent

5:30 PM - 7:10 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Biometric Mirror: Performance under Surveillance

NExT Lab Melbourne School of Design

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM | SOLD OUT

Showcase | Ticketed

Made in China 2.0

The Tower, Malthouse Theatre

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Mythologies

Signal

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Black Ties

The Pavilion - Arts Centre Melbourne

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Showcase | Free

HuRU-hARa

Abbotsford Convent

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

The Seen & Unseen

Martyn Myer Arena - VCA

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep

Playhouse - Arts Centre Melbourne

7:30 PM - 8:55 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Hades Memudar (Hades Fading)

La Mama Courthouse

7:30 PM - 8:50 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Are You Ready to Take the Law Into Your Own Hands

Arts House

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Torch the Place

Fairfax Studio - Arts Centre Melbourne

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Double Delicious

Abbotsford Convent

8:30 PM - 10:10 PM

Gathering

Late Night Meeting Point at HuRU-HAra

Abbotsford Convent

9:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Showcase | Durational

Biometric Mirror: Performance under Surveillance

NExT Lab Melbourne School of Design

20 - 28 February 2020

Showcase | Durational

Feedback Loops

Australian Centre of Contemporary Art (ACCA)

7 December 2019 – 22 March 2020

Showcase | Durational

Knowledge in your hands, eyes and mind

Arts Centre Melbourne

8 February - 22 March 2020

Showcase | Durational

When It Rains (I feel like eating Jeon)

Abbotsford Convent

20 February – 1 March 2020

Showcase | Durational

‘Woven Song’ Australian Launch | Installation

Australian Tapestry Workshop

11 February – 17 April 2020

Gathering

APAM Office Open

APAM Office

Fri 21 Feb | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Showcase | Free

HuRU-hARa

Abbotsford Convent

Fri 21 Feb | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Ticketed

Beethoven 9, Circa and Cheetham

Hamer Hall - Arts Centre Melbourne

Fri 21 Feb | 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Ticketed

Park Jiha supported by Moopie

Immigration Museum

Fri 21 Feb | 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

What Happened In Shanghai

Abbotsford Convent

Fri 21 Feb | 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Gathering

APAM Office Open

APAM Office

Sat 22 Feb | 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Black Ties

The Pavilion - Arts Centre Melbourne

Sat 22 Feb | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Free | No Bookings

CHOREOLAB 2020

Federation Court, NGV

Sat 22 Feb | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

The Seen & Unseen

Martyn Myer Arena - VCA

Sat 22 Feb | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Ticketed

Carrion

ACCA

Sat 22 Feb | 6:30 PM – 7:00PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Black Ties

The Pavilion - Arts Centre Melbourne

Sat 22 Feb | 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Showcase | Free

HuRU-hARa

Abbotsford Convent

Sat 22 Feb | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Ticketed

The Planet – A Lament

Playhouse - Arts Centre Melbourne

Sat 22 Feb | 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Ticketed

Beethoven 9, Circa and Cheetham

Hamer Hall - Arts Centre Melbourne

Sat 22 Feb | 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Ticketed

Praise!

Brunswick Mechanics Institute

Sat 22 Feb | 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

What Happened In Shanghai

Abbotsford Convent

Sat 22 Feb | 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Gathering

APAM Office Open

APAM Office

Sun 23 Feb | 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Free | Ticketed

Salon Series: BLACK TIES

Common Rooms, Trades Hall

Sun 23 Feb | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Free | No Bookings

LGBTI+ Elders Dance Club

The Melba Spiegeltent

Sun 23 Feb | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

The Seen & Unseen

Martyn Myer Arena - VCA

Sun 23 Feb | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Ticketed

Meeting Points Series: Hand to Earth

The Pavilion - Arts Centre Melbourne

Sun 23 Feb | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Showcase | Free

HuRU-hARa

Abbotsford Convent

Sun 23 Feb | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Ticketed

Praise!

Brunswick Mechanics Institute

Sun 23 Feb | 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

What Happened In Shanghai

Abbotsford Convent

Sun 23 Feb | 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Biometric Mirror: Performance under Surveillance

NExT Lab Melbourne School of Design

20 - 28 February 2020

Showcase | Durational

Feedback Loops

Australian Centre of Contemporary Art (ACCA)

7 December 2019 – 22 March 2020

Showcase | Durational

Knowledge in your hands, eyes and mind

Arts Centre Melbourne

8 February - 22 March 2020

Showcase | Durational

When It Rains (I feel like eating Jeon)

Abbotsford Convent

20 February – 1 March 2020

Showcase | Durational

‘Woven Song’ Australian Launch | Installation

Australian Tapestry Workshop

11 February – 17 April 2020

Folding Beijing (A Reading)

Bagging Room, Malthouse Theatre

Sat 29 Feb | 11.30 AM

Ticketed

What is Chinese? | Performance

Arts House

Sat 29 Feb | 4:30 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

The Seen & Unseen

Martyn Myer Arena - VCA

Sat 29 Feb | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Double Delicious

Abbotsford Convent

Sat 29 Feb | 5:30 PM - 7:10 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Made in China 2.0

The Tower, Malthouse Theatre

Sat 29 Feb | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Ticketed

Leaps + Beats

Arts House

Sat 29 Feb | 6:30pm - 10:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Black Ties

The Pavilion - Arts Centre Melbourne

Sat 29 Feb | 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Showcase | Free

HuRU-hARa

Abbotsford Convent

Sat 29 Feb | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Are You Ready to Take the Law Into Your Own Hands

Arts House

Sat 29 Feb | 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Ticketed

Boris with Merzbow supported by Corin

Playhouse - Arts Centre Melbourne

Sat 29 Feb | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Hades Memudar (Hades Fading)

La Mama Courthouse

Sat 29 Feb | 8:00 PM - 9:20 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Torch the Place

Fairfax Studio - Arts Centre Melbourne

Sat 29 Feb | 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Double Delicious

Abbotsford Convent

Sat 29 Feb | 8:30 PM - 10:10 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Hades Memudar (Hades Fading)

La Mama Courthouse

Sun 1 Mar | 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Double Delicious

Abbotsford Convent

Sun 1 Mar | 5:30 PM - 7:10 PM

Showcase | Free

HuRU-hARa

Abbotsford Convent

Sun 1 Mar | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Showcase | Durational

Feedback Loops

Australian Centre of Contemporary Art (ACCA)

7 December 2019 – 22 March 2020

Showcase | Durational

Knowledge in your hands, eyes and mind

Arts Centre Melbourne

8 February - 22 March 2020

Showcase | Durational

When It Rains (I feel like eating Jeon)

Abbotsford Convent

20 February – 1 March 2020

Showcase | Durational

‘Woven Song’ Australian Launch | Installation

Australian Tapestry Workshop

11 February – 17 April 2020

Over the course of the APAM Gathering we will be visiting a number of local Melbourne venues and organisations. For details on each of them, including public transport and accessibility information, please see below.

For a complete Google Map of all venues listed below, please click HERE.

Abbotsford Convent

1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067

Google Maps

Accessibility

+61 3 9415 3600

Catch a Mernda or Hurstbridge line train to Victoria Park Station. The train station is a 10 – 15 minute walk to Abbotsford Convent, or you can catch the 200 or 207 bus to Clarke Street, Abbotsford.

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APAM Office

G5/152 Sturt St, Southbank, Melbourne VIC 3006

Google Maps

+61 3 9947 1020

The APAM office is fully accessible.

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ArtPlay

Birrarung Marr, Russell Street Extension, Melbourne VIC 3000

Google Maps

Accessibility

+61 3 9658 7880

ArtPlay is located next to the Yarra River and Federation Square and is a five minute walk from Flinders Street Station. Look out for the red brick building next to the playground.

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Arts Centre Melbourne - Playhouse Theatre, Fairfax Studio, Pavilion

100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004

Google Maps

Accessibility

Trams that stop in front of Arts Centre Melbourne, “Arts Precinct” stop number 14: Tram 1, 3, 3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72. This tram stop is fully accessible for people who use wheelchairs.

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Arts Centre Melbourne - Hamer Hall Foyer

Though part of Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall is located 100m north of the iconic Arts Centre Melbourne spire.

Google Maps

Accessibility

Tram Routes that stop in front of Arts Centre Melbourne, “Arts Precinct” stop 14 are 1, 3, 3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72. This tram stop is fully accessible for people who use wheelchairs.

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Arts House

521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne VIC 3051

Google Maps

Accessibility

+61 3 9322 3720

Arts House is located on Tram Route 57 (high floor trams only) at stop 12, North Melbourne Town Hall. Please note, this is not a wheelchair accessible tram. Arts House is approximately a 30 minute walk from the Melbourne CBD and a 15 minute walk from North Melbourne Train Station or Flagstaff Station.

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Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)

111 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3006

Google Maps

+61 3 9697 9999

Tram Route 1 travels past Flinders Street Station, along Sturt Street and straight to ACCA’s front door.  Alight at stop 18. Tram Routes 3, 5, 16, 64, 67, 72 all travel along St Kilda Road.  Alight at stop 17 on the corner of St. Kilda Road and Grant Street.  ACCA is a 2 minute walk to the end of Grant Street.

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Australian Tapestry Workshop

262-266 Park St, South Melbourne VIC 3205

Google Maps

+61 3 9699 7885

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Brunswick Mechanics Institute (BMI)

270 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056

Google Maps

Accessibility

+61 3 9387 3376

Travelling from BMI to Meat Market is easiest via Tram Route 19, down Sydney Road. This trip should only take 20-30 minutes, including a short walk.

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Chunky Move

111 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3006

Google Maps

Please enter the Chunky Move studios via the Malthouse Theatre side of the building. APAM Hosts will be stationed at the entry to guide you to the Studios on Level 1. Via the stairs or elevator.

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Clemenger Auditorium, NGV

Google Maps

Please note that entry to the Clemenger Auditorium is via the Arts Centre side of NGV, not via the main entrance on St Kilda Road.

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Common Rooms, Trades Hall

54 Lygon St, Carlton, Victoria, 3053

Google Maps

+61 3 9659 3511

Entry to Common Rooms, Trades Hall is via Lygon Street. Look out for APAM Hosts upon arrival who will guide you to Level 1 via stairs or elevator.

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Dancehouse

150 Princes St, Carlton North VIC 3054

Google Maps

+61 3 9347 2860

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Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC)

45 Moreland St, Footscray VIC 3011

Google Maps

+61 3 9362 8888

Catch a train to Footscray Station and take a 5 minute walk down Bunbury Street, or alternatively take the 402 bus to the corner of Moreland Street and Dynon Road, and then a 5 minute walk down Moreland Street.

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Immigration Museum

400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Google Maps

Accessibility

+61 3  9927 2754

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Joan Hammond Hall, Orchestra Victoria

77 Southbank Blvd, Southbank VIC 3006

Google Maps

Please enter via the Ground Floor at 77 Southbank Boulevard, where APAM Hosts shall escort you from the foyer through to the Joan Hammond Hall.

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La Mama Courthouse

349 Drummond St, Carlton VIC 3053

Google Maps

Accessibility

+61 3 9347 6948

Trams 1 & 6 Stop #112 Lygon St / Elgin St Walk east along Elgin St and turn right on to Drummond St, it will be on your right (4 mins). 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72 Stop #1 Melbourne University / Swanston St Walk east along Faraday St and turn left on to Drummond St, it will be on your left (7 mins)

Buses 200 and 207 to Lygon St / Elgin St Walk then east along Elgin St and turn right on to Drummond St. La Mama is on your right (2 mins walk). Buses 250 and 251 to Elgin St / Rathdowne St then walk west along Elgin St and turn left on to Drummond St. La Mama will be on your right (3 mins walk).

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Martyn Myer Arena - VCA

University of Melbourne

26 Grant St, Melbourne VIC 3004

Google Maps

University of Melbourne Maps

For routes travelling up and down St Kilda Road (numbers 1, 2, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72) you can disembark at Grant Street/Police Memorial (stop 17) for all routes except Route 1. If taking Route 1, get off at Arts Precinct (stop 14).

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Malthouse Theatre

The Coopers Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3006

Google Maps

Accessibility

+61 3 9685 5111

Tram Route 1 goes right past Malthouse. Get off at stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk. Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct. Secure your bike to one of the many racks outside the foyer. There’s a Melbourne Bike Share station outside the theatre. Hire a helmet from the IGA, just along Sturt Street.

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Meat Market

3 Blackwood St, North Melbourne VIC 3051

Google Maps

Accessibility

+61 3 9329 9966

Meat Market is located on Tram Routes 19 (stop 9 – Haymarket), 58 and 59 (stop 14 – Royal Melbourne Hospital), and is approximately a 15 minute walk from Flagstaff Station and Melbourne Central Station.

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MPavilion

Located in the Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite Arts Centre Melbourne on St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

Google Maps

Accessibility

Tram Routes that stop in front of Arts Centre Melbourne, “Arts Precinct” stop 14 are 1, 3, 3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72. This tram stop is fully accessible for people who use wheelchairs.

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NeXT Lab Melbourne School of Design

NeXT Lab – Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC

Google Maps

NeXT Lab location info

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Signal

Northbank, Flinders Walk, Melbourne VIC

Google Maps

+61 3 9658 7808

Signal is right in the heart of the city: behind Flinders Street Station on Northbank, in the Les Erdi Plaza, at the northern end of Sandridge Bridge, and at the top of Banana Alley.​

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The SUBSTATION

1 Market St, Newport VIC 3015

Google Maps

+61 3 9391 1110

There is a ramp to enter the front of the building. Inside on the ground floor, there is an elevator that will take you to level 1, 2 and 3. There are unisex toilets located on each floor of the building, including one accessible toilet on the ground floor.

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24 - 28 FEBRUARY 2020 | MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

APAM has now commenced an annual program of Gatherings that are presented alongside existing festivals. Gatherings are more than just a showcase. They will provide all the elements of traditional performing arts markets, but with full-length public performances.

Happening at established festivals across Australia, Gatherings will build more opportunities for collaboration across the performing arts.

  • HOW IT WORKS
  • REGISTRATIONS
  • ACCESSIBILITY
  • SUSTAINABILITY
  • CURATORIAL PANEL
  • FAQs

At Gatherings you will experience a range of activities including:

SHOWCASED WORKS IN THE FESTIVAL
Curated and presented as part of the host festival. All showcased works will be available to members of the public. Participants at Gatherings will need to purchase tickets to see showcased works. APAM will ensure a limited number of tickets for all showcased works are made available to Gathering participants.

PROFILES
Selected by a national curatorial panel from an expressions-of-interest process. Profile sessions offer opportunities for artists, companies and groups to share their repertoire, ideas and ambitions. Profile sessions include:
+ PITCH // for works in development seeking commission or presentation
+ SNAPSHOT // offering an insight into an artist or company’s body of work
+ TOUR-READY // for productions with a completed premiere.

LOCAL PARTNER EVENTS
Curated by presenters and producers who are based in the host festival’s city.
Designed to offer participants a window into the contemporary performing arts sector locally, these events are collaborations between APAM and local players.

EXCHANGE
Curated by APAM, Exchange includes keynotes, panels, talks and networking programs at Gatherings.

REGISTRATIONS
To attend the APAM Gathering at Asia TOPA in Melbourne you need to purchase a Gathering Registration. Your registration covers a 5 day program of activity from Monday 24 February through to Friday 28 February 2020.

In addition, you will need to purchase tickets to see showcased works presented as part of the Asia TOPA program so you can plan your time and resource effectively through the Gathering.

COST OF REGISTRATION
All registration fees are per person. Registrations are strictly non-transferable.

+  Independent Artists // AUD$481.47 ($462 [inc. GST] + Booking Fee)
+  Organisations/Companies (with turnover of less than $500k) // AUD$756.03 ($726 [inc. GST] + Booking Fee)
+  Large Organisations/Government // AUD$893.31 ($858 [inc. GST] + Booking Fee)
+ International Organisations // AUD$893.31 ($858 [inc. GST] + Booking Fee)
+ International Individuals // AUD$481.47 ($420 [inc. GST] + Booking Fee)

These prices are inclusive of a Goods & Services Tax (GST) of 10% and the Booking Fee is calculated based upon registration-type. APAM proudly uses Humanitix for all of their ticketing needs. Humanitix is a not-for-profit ticketing platform that gives events impact, directing 100% of profits from booking fees toward education projects.

If you are unable to pay via Credit Card, upon checkout simply select ‘Pay by Invoice’. You will then be sent an invoice and your ticket shall be held until payment is received. When paying the invoice, please ensure to include the invoice reference number in the ‘Description’ field of your electronic transfer.

The Gathering will be balanced to ensure an even mix and range of participants, across independent artists, organisations of different sizes, local and international participants, and diverse disciplines. There are limited registrations in each category — register early to avoid missing out!

TICKETING PACKAGES
Upon registration you will be provided with a link to access discounted tickets to the Showcase works sold by Arts Centre Melbourne Box Office.

PARTICIPANTS LIST
Upon registration you will be provided with a link to access the list of Registered Participants.

We are committed to ensuring our event is as accessible as possible for all our participants.

All APAM Gathering venues are wheelchair accessible and have accessible toilets available. For venue specific information please head to our Venues Tab where detailed information can be accessed for each venue.

For the Asia TOPA Gathering Welcome and Neighbourhood (Sector Day) Auslan interpreting and Audio Description will be available. For all other Profile and Exchange sessions these services are available on request.

For all Showcase works please refer to this listing on the Asia TOPA website.

Assistance dogs are very welcome at our venue.

We encourage you to call or email us if you have any questions about accessibility or would like to discuss your requirements with us.

AUSLAN INTERPRETING
Auslan interpreters will stand to the side of the speaker of performed action and translate the text and dialogue into Auslan while signing live.

AUDIO DESCRIPTION
Audio description enhances the live experience for people who are blind or have low vision. An audio describer uses a small transmitter to describe what is happening in a performance. People using this service use a personal listening device enabling them to sit in most parts of any venue and fully participate in the event.

As we come together from near and far at our first Gathering, APAM are committed to moving towards a sustainable future. Tasked to work towards this collectively, we ask you to join us throughout the Gathering to reduce our environmental impacts in the following ways:

+ Offset your flight and event participation emissions. We work with Greenfleet to encourage participants to offset emissions of flights and participation in the event. This can be done when you register however if you missed the moment to do this you can purchase carbon offsets here
+ Say no to single use plastics
+ Bring your own water bottle or reusable cup for beverages
+ Take public transport
+ Car pool

We will also work to:
+ Offer only plant-based food at catered events
+ Limit printed collateral
+ Use recycled or biodegradable products where possible

Join us in working towards a more sustainable future.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO APAM?

At APAM we feel less is more so we ask you to really consider that what you need during our time with us. As we work towards a more sustainable Gathering here is a suggested list of what you might need each day:

+ BYO water bottle and/or coffee cup
+ Sun Protection
+ Umbrella/raincoat
+ BYO tote/carry bag
+ Please don’t bring printed collateral, and instead share online contact details

CURATORIAL PANEL
APAM’s curatorial panel have curated all the Profile sessions within the APAM Gathering at Asia TOPA. The panel have also contributed and advised on other APAM programs and events, including determining priorities for international visitor invitations.

The APAM curatorial panel for the Asia TOPA Gathering are:
+ Angela Conquet, Dancehouse
+ Annette Shun Wah, Contemporary Asian Australian Performance
+ Eva Mullaley, Yirra Yaakin
+ Louise Partos, Artback NT
+ Lynn Fu
+ Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey
+ Merindah Donnelly
+ Natalie di Risio, The Last Great Hunt
+ Sasapin Siriwanij, Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting (BIPAM)
+ Steph Walker, Auckland Arts Festival
+ Stephen Armstrong, Asia TOPA

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are Gatherings?
In 2020, APAM begins a series of annual events called Gatherings starting in Melbourne in February alongside Asia TOPA and then alongside Darwin Festival in August.

In delivering these Gatherings APAM works alongside existing festivals so that showcase works are authentically experienced by participating delegates – in full length, with full production values and with real audiences. In addition to full length showcasing, APAM Gatherings include profile opportunities for Australian and New Zealand artists and companies, visits and events hosted by local organisations that profile the place and artistic practices of the Gathering location and an exchange program of discussions, a summit and hosted networking. The objective of Gatherings is to enable industry participants to form deep, collaborative and reciprocal relationships with national and international colleagues.

I’ve purchased my registration and my tickets to Showcase performances in Asia TOPA and now I want to buy some tickets to other Asia TOPA shows. How do I do this?
The full Asia TOPA program is online, you can purchase tickets directly through the website.

My circumstances have changed, and I can no longer attend APAM. Can I have a refund on my registration?
APAM offers a partial refund of 50% of the payment received (GST inclusive) if a request is received on or before Friday 31 January 2020. All cancellations must be received in writing to hello@apam.org.au

There are no refunds for cancellations received on or after 1 February 2020, including non-arrivals.

Please note that APAM’s refund policy applies only to your registration. Any tickets to performances are subject to the refund policies of the relevant box office.

Can multiple people in my company use the delegate registration I purchase?
No, APAM Gathering registrations are strictly non-transferable. Your Participant’s Pass acts as your ticket throughout APAM and will have your headshot printed on it.

When will I get the full list of participants?
All registered Participants will have access to the full list of Participants in January 2020. This list will then be live, updating automatically as additional Participants register.

I have another question that’s not included here.
Contact the APAM Office with any questions – we’re here to help!

WELCOME TO MELBOURNE

The APAM Gathering at Asia TOPA takes place on the ancestral lands of the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation, who are the Traditional Custodians of Melbourne.

Melbourne is the state capital of Victoria and has a metropolitan area population of approximately 4.4 million people making it Australia’s second largest city.

  • EXCLUSIVE APAM DISCOUNTS
  • HELPFUL MELBOURNE INFO
  • CORONAVIRUS
  • AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • TRAVEL

Check back here soon for updates on all of the Discounts exclusively available to Participants of the APAM Gathering at Asia TOPA.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Melbourne is serviced by Public Transport Victoria (PTV), a network of trams, buses and trains. A Myki card can be used on any tram, bus or train service. The reusable Myki card is easy to use.

You can add money and purchase Myki cards from newsagents, magazine stands, 7-eleven stores and tram and railway stations. Look out for the City Circle Tram, which provides a free journey and commentary around the city. It’s a maroon-coloured tram that travels along Flinders, Spring, La Trobe and Spencer streets.

Please note, trains, buses and trams do not accept cash payments.

Myki cards cost $6 for an Adult and $3 for Concession/Children. You will then need to add a dollar amount to cover each trip, which can vary from $2.25 – $9.

 

FREE TRAM ZONE
The Melbourne CBD is a Free Tram Zone. The Free Tram Zone includes the area from the iconic Queen Victoria Market, across to Victoria Harbour in Docklands, up to Spring Street and over to Flinders Street Station and Federation Square. See map below.

Travel on trams within this zone is free, and you don’t need a Myki, however, if your journey starts or finishes outside the boundaries of the Free Tram Zone, you must touch on your myki at the reader in the normal way to make sure you have a valid ticket.

The Free Tram Zone signs at tram stops will identify the boundaries of the zone.

Please note that the Meat Market and Arts Centre Melbourne nearest tram stops both fall just outside of the Free Tram Zone.

For more information on public transport options or to plan your journey, please visit: ptv.vic.gov.au

Information is also available in other languages here: ptv.vic.gov.au/information-in-other-languages/

 

TAXIS
Taxis in Melbourne are mostly YELLOW but are also sometimes white or silver. If taxis are available for hire the light on the roof will usually be ON. If the light is OFF it means the taxi is occupied. After 10pm, taxi drivers can ask for payment before you ride.

Taxi Phone Numbers:
+ Silver Top Taxis: 13 10 08
+ 13 Cabs (one three cabs): 13 22 27

City Taxi Ranks:
+ Outside Arts Centre Melbourne
+ Opposite Travelodge on Riverside Quay, Southbank
+ Flinders Street Station
+ Swanston Street in front of St Paul’s Cathedral

 

UBER, DIDI & OLA – RIDESHARE APPS
Rideshare apps such as Uber, DiDi & Ola are also available in Melbourne. These free apps are available to download from the App Store or Google Play. Payment is completely cashless and done so via the apps so you will need to sign-up using Visa, Mastercard or Paypal.

 

FREE WIFI HOTSPOTS

Free public WiFi is available at various locations around the city. A few options are:
+ Arts Centre Melbourne – 100 St Kilda Road, Southbank
+ Federation Square – Corner Flinders and Swanston streets, Melbourne
+ State Library of Victoria – 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne
+ ‘VicFreeWiFi’ – Available at all Melbourne CBD train stations, the Bourke Street Mall, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Museum, and South Wharf Promenade at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition centre. This service requires no login, passwords or other personal data and is ad-free.

 

EMERGENCY TELEPHONE
In an emergency dial 000.

An operator will connect you to Police, Fire Brigade or Ambulance. There is an interpreting service for callers who speak other languages.

Non-emergency Phone Numbers:
+ Ambulance – 1300 366 141
+ Fire – 9662 2311
+ Police – 131 444

City Police Stations:
+ 637 Flinders Street, Melbourne, phone: 9247 6666 226
+ Flinders Lane, Melbourne, phone: 9650 7077

We will continue to monitor the advice around Coronavirus provided by the Australian Government and the relevant government departments. We encourage all Australian artists and organisations to also continue to follow this advice.

The Australian Government announced on 13 February 2020 that the current travel restrictions in place for travelers arriving from any part of mainland China, regardless of nationality, will remain in place for an additional week (from 15 February). The restrictions will be reviewed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) in one week. INFO HERE 

The current advice from the Department of Home Affairs is that: If you have been in mainland China from 1 Feb 2020, and you are not an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an immediate family member (spouse, minor dependent or legal guardian) of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, do not travel to Australia at this time. 

See further information English & Chinese here.

Health information can be found here.

If you have any questions or concerns about your participation in the APAM Gathering or your visit to Australia, please contact APAM.

This summer is an unprecedented disaster that continues to be terrifying and devastating for Australia. We share your sadness and disbelief at the impact on our communities, wildlife and environment. We join the country in thanking the fire services for their work and resilience over many months.

APAM continues our preparations to welcome national and international participants to Melbourne for the APAM Gathering at Asia TOPA.

For information on the changeable smoke and air quality in places around Australia, please refer to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

If you have questions or concerns please email us.

Financial support remains the most tangible and useful way many of us can help. Many Australian news outlets are running stories — and periodically updating them — with information on how to research, fundraise and directly support the Australian bushfire crisis and future recovery:

How to fundraise for Australian bushfire relief effort by Siobhan Heggerty, ABC
Do you homework, give cash and avoid scams: how to donate to Australia’s bushfire crisisby Alyx Gorman, The Guardian 
NSW, Victoria fires: How you can Australia’s bushfire victims by Sumeyya Ilanbey and Deanna Ruseska, Sydney Morning Herald

 

WEATHER
As a general rule, Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers and low humidity. The average temperatures in Summer in February is a high of 25C (77F) and a low of 14C (57F). However, it is not uncommon for Melbourne to experience temperatures as high as 40C (104F) in February. Please be prepared for anything – you may need an umbrella, sun-hat and sunscreen, or to wear layers that can be added or removed throughout the day, as needed.

See the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for more details.

APAM has partnered with a number of centrally-located Melbourne hotels to provide great deals for those attending the APAM Gathering at Asia TOPA. See details on these hotels and how to book here:

**NEW OFFER**
City Edge North Melbourne Apartment Hotel

Address: 188 Peel St, North Melbourne VIC 3051
Room Type & Rate:
Studio Twin – $129/night
Studio Double – $135/night
Booking Code: APAM2020
Offer Valid: 23-29 February 2020 only
To book click HERE

Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank
Address: 9 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC 3006
Room Type: Queen or Twin
Nightly Rate: 15% off usual room rate
Booking Code: APAM2020
Offer Valid: 23-29 February 2020 only
To book click HERE

Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne on Flinders
Address: 88 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Room Type: Warehouse Loft Apartment
Nightly Rate: 15% off usual room rate
Booking Code: APAM2020
Offer Valid: 23-29 February 2020 only
To book click HERE

Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
Address: 25 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Room Type & Rate:
Classic King Room – $296/night
Superior King Room – $346/night
Luxury King Room – $371/night
Buffet breakfast at No35 Restaurant is $25/person
Offer Valid: 23-29 February 2020 only
Booking Code: APAM230220
To book please email H1902@sofitel.com or phone +61 03 9653 7777, and quote APAM230220.

THE FOLLOWING HOTEL OFFER IS NOW SOLD OUT
City Edge on Elizabeth Apartment Hotel
Address: 99 A’Beckett St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Room Type & Rate:
Studio Apartment – $110/night
One Bedroom Apartment – $125/night
Booking Code: APAM2020
Offer Valid: 23-29 February 2020 only

VISAS
All international travellers must present a valid and approved travel document (generally a passport) as evidence of their identity and nationality to allow entry into Australia. In addition, all international travellers (with the exception of most New Zealand passport holders) must also obtain a valid visa before travelling to Australia.

Travellers are encouraged to apply for their Australian visa well in advance of their planned arrival date as the processing time can be lengthy. Many will be able to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601), which you can apply for online.

If you are having trouble, you can contact your nearest Australian immigration office in your country or visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection for further information.

If, as part of your visa application, you require a Letter of Invitation please get in touch with us here and allow 3 business days for us to issue you one.

AIRPORT
Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport is the primary airport serving the city of Melbourne. It is an international and domestic airport and is located about 30 minutes from the centre of Melbourne.

Theatre

ActNOW Theatre & Very Theatre

Virtual Intimacy

Australia & Taiwan

First Nations

Aczel Gee

Blak LAB Participant

Australia

Multi-artform

All The Queens Men

Australia

Dance

Amrita Hepi

To it, And It, & it

Australia

Theatre

Back to Back Theatre

THE SHADOW WHOSE PREY THE HUNTER BECOMES

Australia

Theatre

Belloo Creative

House in the Dunes

Australia

First Nations

Bianca Hyslop & Rowan Pierce

Pōhutu

New Zealand

Sound & Music

BIRDZ

BAD APPLES MUSIC

Australia

Multi-artform

Branch Nebula

Australia

Sound & Music

BRIGGS

BAD APPLES MUSIC

Australia

Sound & Music

Byron J. Scullin, Hannah Fox & Thomas Supple

Siren Song

Australia

Multi-artform

Chamber Made

SYSTEM_ERROR

Australia

Dance

Chunky Move, Restless Dance Theatre & Candoco Dance Company

Rewards for The Tribe

Australia & United Kingdom

Sound & Music

CRDIO

DJ

Australia

Multi-artform

Contemporary Asian Australian Performance

Double Delicious

Australia

Multi-artform

Counterpilot

Australia

Sound & Music

DJ KYAANZ

DJ

Australia

Sound & Music

dj natty winefield

DJ

Australia

Sound & Music

dj pgz

DJ

Australia

Multi-artform

Eleanor Bishop & Karin McCracken

Yes Yes Yes

New Zealand

Sound & Music

Ensemble Tikoro

Indonesia

Dance

The Farm

Throttle

Australia

Dance

Force Majeure

The Last Season

Australia

First Nations

Gary Lang

Blak LAB Participant

Australia

Multi-artform

Genevieve Lacey

Australia

Henry Jock Walker

Artist

Kintsugi Supermarket

First Nations

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company

Australia

Children & Families

The Inhabitors

Squishy Taylor and the Shrub That Went

Australia

Jannah Quill

Artist

Australia

Theatre

Jessica Wilson & Ian Pidd

Passenger

Australia

First Nations

Joel Bray Dance

Burbang

Australia

Multi-artform

Justin Shoulder

Carrion

Australia

Multi-artform

Kurinji & SAtheCollective

宿 (stay)

Australia & Singapore

Theatre

The Last Great Hunt

Australia

Dance

Lucy Guerin Inc.

METAL

Australia

Dance

Luke George & Daniel Kok

Hundreds + Thousands

Australia & Singapore

First Nations

Marilyn Miller, Jasmin Sheppard & Katina Olsen

Preparing Ground

Australia

Dance

Marrugeku

Jurrungu Ngan-ga / Straight Talk

Australia

First Nations

Nathan Maynard & Jamie McCaskill

Hide the Dog

Australia

Multi-artform

Nicola Gunn

The Interpreters

Australia

Dance

The New Zealand Dance Company

New Zealand

Theatre

NORPA

Australia

Circus & Physical Theatre

One Fell Swoop Circus

By a Thread

Australia

Children & Families

Patch Theatre

The Lighthouse

Australia

Children & Families

Polyglot Theatre

Australia

Multi-artform

Pony Express

Epoch Wars

Australia

Emerging & Experimental

pvi collective

tiny revolutions

Australia

Multi-artform

PYT Fairfield

ACTION STAR

Australia

First Nations

Rachael Wallis

Blak LAB Participant

Australia

Theatre

Rawcus

Song for a Weary Throat

Australia

Dance

Richard Cilli & Claire Edwardes

Recital

Australia

Emerging & Experimental

Samara Hersch & Lara Thoms

We All Know What's Happening

Australia

Children & Families

Silo Theatre

Peter and the Wolf

New Zealand

Multi-artform

Snuff Puppets

eXtinction

Australia

Dance

Steamworks Arts

歸屬 Gui Shu

Australia

Multi-artform

Sydney Chamber Opera

The Howling Girls

Australia

First Nations

Taki Rua Productions

CELLFISH

New Zealand

Dance

Temperance Hall

SICK

Australia

Children & Families

Terrapin

How We Found What We Had Lost

Australia

Emerging & Experimental

TerryandTheCuz

HuRU-hARa

Malaysia

First Nations

Thomas E.S. Kelly

Blak LAB Participant

Australia

Multi-artform

Thomas Henning

HuRU-hARa

Australia

First Nations

Urban Theatre Projects

Blak Box

Australia

Dance

Victoria Chiu

What Happened In Shanghai?

Australia

Multi-artform

White_mess

OTHER [chinese]

New Zealand

First Nations

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company

Australia