The Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) is a biennial performing arts market for artists and programmers from Australia and around the world to discover new artists, find new collaborators and meet with fellow professionals.
The Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) is a biennial performing arts market for artists and programmers from Australia and around the world to discover new artists, find new collaborators and meet with fellow professionals. The Australia Council for the Arts announced that Brisbane will be the host for APAM in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Rose Hiscock, Australia Council’s Executive Director of Arts Development says, “Our consultation revealed a desire to extend the focus of APAM on buying and selling to include collaborations, partnerships and long term exchange. We want to ensure the market remains a strong attractor and springboard for international opportunities for Australian arts,” with a significant shift in future APAMs to have a greater emphasis on the place of Australian arts and our region in a global context. Future APAMs will be a market, a festival and an exchange.
“The exchange will go beyond promoting individual performances to international presenters,” says Rose. “It will set out to deepen their interest and knowledge in the contemporary performing arts of Australia and its neighbours.” The market will run alongside the World Theatre Festival, a curated program dedicated to the performing arts of the Australasian/South East Asian Region, providing a clear point of difference between APAM and other markets, as well as an opportunity to gain insights into arts in Australia and its neighbours. Andrew Ross, Director Brisbane Powerhouse says, “We’re excited to be part of the future of APAM, with The World Theatre Festival, we will provide an opportunity for presenters to see full length works whilst being part of a vibrant public event that showcases Australia and our region.” The next APAM in 2012 will be held at the Adelaide Festival Centre from Sunday 26 February – Thursday 1 March.