Pollen Revolution by Akira Kasai. Image: Daido Hiroyasu

Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts 2020

24 - 28 FEBRUARY | MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Whether you are an Australian artist or company, a venue, festival or an international presenter, producer or artist, the APAM Gathering at Asia TOPA 2020 enables you to build relationships and create new markets and pathways across the globe.

Over 5 days in February the APAM Gathering at Asia TOPA 2020 reflects an increasingly connected, sophisticated and established Australian performing arts sector in collaboration with our nearest neighbours: the Asia-Pacific.

Join us in Melbourne to celebrate contemporary performance and invest in deep, reciprocal relationships and collaborations.

Scroll down for full information, including Gathering schedule.

 

By participating in the APAM Gathering with over 350 national and international colleagues, you have the opportunity to experience the Asia TOPA program including 16 Showcase works from Australian and New Zealand artists alongside additional performances from contemporary Asian artists.

The 5-day APAM Gathering also includes a Profile program to hear from 49 Australian and New Zealand artists and companies about their projects from idea to tour-ready, visits and events hosted by local organisations that explore Melbourne’s artistic practice across disciplines and an exchange program of discussions, a summit and hosted networking.

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: Talks & Ideas

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

Feedback Loops Exhibition Tour

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Gathering

Local Player: FCAC

Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC)

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Gathering

Smoke and Fire: Power and the Passion

Malthouse Theatre

5:00 PM – 6:00 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

Black Ties

The Pavilion - Arts Centre Melbourne

7:00 PM - 9:30 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

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 | Installation

Australian Tapestry Workshop

11 February – 17 April 202

Showcase | Durational

Biometric Mirror: Performance under Surveillance

NExT Lab Melbourne School of Design

20 - 28 February 2020

Showcase | Durational

What is Chinese? | Installation

Arts House

20-23 & 26-29 February 2020

Thursday Overview

Gathering

Local Player: Next Wave

Brunswick Mechanics Institute

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Gathering

Local Player: YIRRAMBOI

Meat Market

10:00 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

Exchange: Talks & Ideas

Meat Market

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Biometric Mirror: Performance under Surveillance

NExT Lab Melbourne School of Design

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Made in China 2.0

Malthouse Theatre

6:00 PM - 7:00 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

Double Delicious

Abbotsford Convent

7:00 PM - 8:40 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Black Ties

The Pavilion - Arts Centre Melbourne

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Showcase | Durational

HuRU-hARa

Abbotsford Convent

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Hades Memudar (Hades Fading)

La Mama Courthouse

7:30 PM - 9:30 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

Gathering

Club Fringe: 3 Minutes to Save the World

Common Rooms - Trades Hall

9:00 PM - 1:00 AM

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 | Installation

Australian Tapestry Workshop

11 February – 17 April 202

Showcase | Durational

Biometric Mirror: Performance under Surveillance

NExT Lab Melbourne School of Design

20 - 28 February 2020

Showcase | Durational

What is Chinese? | Installation

Arts House

20-23 & 26-29 February 2020

Showcase | Durational

When It Rains (I feel like eating Jeon)

Abbotsford Convent

20 February – 1 March 2020

Friday Overview

Gathering

NEIGHBOURHOOD

Meat Market

9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Obang

ArtPlay

10:00 AM | 11:45 AM | 2:30 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Hades Memudar (Hades Fading)

La Mama Courthouse

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Gathering

Farewell Drinks

Meat Market

5:00 PM – 6:30 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

Showcase | Ticketed

Made in China 2.0

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

Mythologies

Signal

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Showcase | Durational

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 - 9:30 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

Venue TBC

9:00 PM - 1:00 AM

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 | Installation

Australian Tapestry Workshop

11 February – 17 April 2020

Showcase | Durational

Biometric Mirror: Performance under Surveillance

NExT Lab Melbourne School of Design

20 - 28 February 2020

Showcase | Durational

What is Chinese? | Installation

Arts House

20-23 & 26-29 February 2020

Showcase | Durational

When It Rains (I feel like eating Jeon)

Abbotsford Convent

20 February – 1 March 2020

Showcase | Durational

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 | 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Showcase | Ticketed

Black Ties

The Pavilion - Arts Centre Melbourne

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

Showcase | Ticketed

The Seen & Unseen

Martyn Myer Arena - VCA

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

Showcase | Ticketed

Black Ties

The Pavilion - Arts Centre Melbourne

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

Showcase | Durational

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

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 | Durational

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 | 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 | Installation

Australian Tapestry Workshop

11 February – 17 April 2020

Showcase | Ticketed

Biometric Mirror: Performance under Surveillance

NExT Lab Melbourne School of Design

20 - 28 February 2020

Showcase | Durational

What is Chinese? | Installation

Arts House

20-23 & 26-29 February 2020

Showcase | Durational

When It Rains (I feel like eating Jeon)

Abbotsford Convent

20 February – 1 March 2020

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

Malthouse Theatre

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

Showcase | Ticketed

Black Ties

The Pavilion - Arts Centre Melbourne

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

Showcase | Durational

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 - 10:00 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

Double Delicious

Abbotsford Convent

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

Showcase | Durational

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

Woven Song | Installation

Australian Tapestry Workshop

11 February – 17 April 2020

Showcase | Durational

What is Chinese? | Installation

Arts House

20-23 & 26-29 February 2020

Showcase | Durational

When It Rains (I feel like eating Jeon)

Abbotsford Convent

20 February – 1 March 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.

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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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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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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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). Visit the PTV website for information about routes and times.

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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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MPavillion

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. For information on public transport, head to PTV Journey Planner.

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Trades Hall

54 Lygon St, Carlton, Victoria, 3053

Google Maps

+61 3 9659 3511

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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
  • FIRST TIMERS
  • FIRST NATIONS INDUSTRY
  • 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 ($420 +GST and Booking Fee)
+  Organisations/Companies (with turnover of less than $500k) // AUD$756.03 ($726 +GST and Booking Fee)
+  Large Organisations/Government // AUD$893.31 ($858 +GST and Booking Fee)
+ International Organisations // AUD$893.31 ($858 +GST and Booking Fee)
+ International Individuals // AUD$481.47 ($420 +GST and 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
From Thursday 5 December you will be provided with a link to access discounted tickets to the Showcase works sold by Arts Centre Melbourne Box Office.

PARTICIPANTS LIST
Registered participants will have access to the full list of participants in January 2020.

FIRST TIMERS PROGRAM
To successfully navigate an international market event takes experience – these events are fast paced, busy and crowded with activity, making it hard to know how best to use your time, gain attention, and make meaningful connections. Alongside the Gathering, APAM will deliver a curated program for first time attendees, designed to provide professional guidance and the basic tools to help first timers better navigate the Gathering.

Want to participate?
The First Timers program is open to Australian, New Zealand and international artists, producers and presenters. To be eligible to participate, this must be your first time attending an APAM event.

A total of 40 participants will be selected from an Expression of Interest (EOI) process.

To apply for the program, follow these simple steps:

1. Purchase a Gathering Registration
2. Read the information below (or read in PDF format here)
2. Once launched, complete and submit the EOI form by midnight (AEDT) Monday 16 December 2019

Program Information
The First Timers program matches experienced leaders in market development with a small cohort of first timers in a mentorship program. Prior to the Gathering, the mentor and mentees will connect online, to clarify the mentee’s market development goals, give opportunities to ask and answer questions, and provide advice and assistance with making national and international connections. During the Gathering itself, the mentor and mentees will then have dedicated times and opportunities to continue these conversations as the event takes place. Through this program First Timers will experience deeper engagement in APAM and an expanded network as well as confidence and strategic approaches towards national and international engagement.

In partnership with Creative New Zealand this program is able to offer financial support (NZD$2,000) for selected New Zealand participants towards their registration and travel costs.

Eligibility
The First Timers program is open to first time attendees from Australia, New Zealand and internationally. A delegate pass must be purchased online by Monday 16 December 2019 in addition to the completion of the EOI Form.

Selection Process
Those interested in participating in the First Timers Program will need to complete an EOI after purchasing their registration. All applications will be considered by the APAM team with input from the Curatorial Panel.

Important Dates
Monday 2 December 2019 // EOIs open for First Timers Program
Mon 16 December 2019 //  EOIs close at midnight (AEDT) for First Timers Program
Monday 20 January 2020 // Notification of acceptance into the mentor program
Monday 3 February 2020 // Connected with Gathering Mentor
Sunday 23 February 2020 // Arrive in Melbourne
Monday 24 – Friday 28 February 2020 // APAM Gathering at Asia TOPA

Questions?
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the APAM team at hello@apam.org.au or on +61 03 9947 1020 from Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm (AEDT).

SUBMIT EOI HERE NOW!

FIRST NATIONS INDUSTRY PROGRAM
Open to First Nations producers and self-producing artists, this intensive brings together a network to share knowledge, expertise and build connections nationally and internationally. The program will cover a range of multi-artform markets, key hubs for artistic exchange, and First Nations- to-First Nations networks. Participants will also have the opportunity to hone their market development plans in preparation for the APAM Gathering.

A one-day intensive on Sunday 23 February will be followed by daily touchpoints throughout the APAM Gathering to offer both continued peer learning and support from experienced First Nations producers. There will be a Zoom conference in the lead up to the Gathering to prepare and get connections and ideas flowing.

Through this program First Nations industry members will experience deeper engagement in APAM and an expanded network as well as confidence and strategic approaches towards international engagement.

In partnership with Creative New Zealand this program is able to offer financial support (NZD$2,000) for selected New Zealand participants towards their registration and travel costs.

Eligibility
The First Nations Industry Program is open to Australian, New Zealand and international First Nations producers and self-producing artists. Participants will be selected from an Expression of Interest (EOI) process and will receive a free registration for the APAM Gathering as part of their participation.

Selection Process
Those interested in participating in the First Nations Industry Program will need to complete an Expression of Interest form online. The EOIs will open on Monday 2 December and close at midnight (AEDT) on Monday 16 December 2019. All applications will be considered by the APAM team with input from the First Nations Advisory Group.

Key Dates
Monday 2 December 2019 // EOIs open for First Nations Industry Program
Monday 16 December 2019 // EOIs close at midnight (AEDT) for First Nations Industry Program
Monday 20 January 2020 // Notification of acceptance into First Nations Industry Program
Early February 2020 (date TBC) // Preparation session via Zoom
Sunday 23 February 2020 // One-day intensive
Monday 24 – Friday 28 February 2020 // APAM Gathering at Asia TOPA – with daily touchpoints with senior producers in the First Nations Gathering Space

Further Questions?
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Bell, Associate Producer, First Nations Lead at sarah@apam.org.au.

Read full Program Overview in PDF Format here.

SUBMIT EOI HERE NOW!

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
+ Louise Partos, Artback NT
+ Lynn Fu
+ Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey
+ Merindah Donnelly, Blakdance
+ Natalie di Risio, The Last Great Hunt
+ Sasapin Siriwanij, Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting (BIPAM)
+ 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.

Further information about accommodation, transport, and things to see and do in Melbourne will be available shortly. Please check back soon.

  • ACCOMMODATION
  • TRAVEL
  • WEATHER

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:

City Edge on Elizabeth Apartment Hotel
Address: 99 A’Beckett St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Room Type: Studio and One-Bedroom Apartments
Nightly Rate: $110/night for Studio Apt, $125/night for One-Bedroom Apt
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

Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
Address: 25 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Room Type: Classic King Room
Nightly Rate: $296/night
Offer Valid: 23-29 February 2020 only
To book contact Shirley Lin

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.

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.

 

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

Multi-artform

Branch Nebula

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

Multi-artform

Contemporary Asian Australian Performance

Double Delicious

Australia

Multi-artform

Counterpilot

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

First Nations

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company

Australia

Children & Families

The Inhabitors

Squishy Taylor and the Shrub That Went

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.

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

A word is not a thing

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 & Performing Lines WA

歸屬 Gui Shu (Belong)

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

First Nations

Thomas E.S. Kelly

Blak LAB Participant

Australia

First Nations

Urban Theatre Projects

Blak Box

Australia

Multi-artform

White_mess

OTHER [chinese]

New Zealand

First Nations

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company

Australia