The innovative and daring arts festival, Oz Asia, is back for 2023. The 17-day event is bringing the same innovative cuisine, performances and panel conversations that we’ve come to expect from Adelaide’s leading contemporary arts festival.
This year’s Oz Asia brings over 300 homegrown and international artists to Adelaide for an energetic program that includes three world premieres, seven Australian premieres and nine Adelaide premieres spanning dance, theatre, comedy, film and more.
Over the opening weekend, dozens of giant lanterns will light up the riverbank precinct for the Moon Lantern Trail. Punters can expect roving performances, live music, interactive workshops, and a variety of delectable dishes.
On the food front, Lucky Dumpling Market is back at Elder Park with cuisine-hopping stalls from local vendors. Expect takoyaki and okonomiyaki from Matsuri Japanese Street Food, Sri Lankan dishes from Soza’s Food Truck, moreish fire-fuelled dishes from The Filipino Project and burgers from Adelaide mainstay 99 Gang Social. The Bubble Tea Garden is also back with sweet Taiwanese tea and tapioca on the weekend of November 4 to 5.
As well as screenings showcasing the best of contemporary Asian cinema (in conjunction with Adelaide Film Festival), there are comedy specials, dance performances from choreographer Bulareyaung Pagarlava (Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Taiwan and Martha Graham Dance Company, New York), and a strong theatre program.
Drama buffs can look forward to two returning international companies: New Zealand’s Indian Ink Theatre Company with the South Australian premiere of Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream; and Malaysia’s Five Arts Centre with A Notional History, a new work exploring their country’s history.