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OzAsia Festival returns in overdrive

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With a program featuring 850 artists from more than 20 countries across 60 events, including five world premiere performances and 35 Adelaide exclusives, to say the 2019 OzAsia Festival program is a powerhouse is no overstatement.

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OzAsia Festival Creative Director, Simone Romaniuk.

Showcasing theatre, dance, literature, music, film, food and visual arts from across Asia, OzAsia Festival is one of the city's most-loved annual celebrations and returns in 2019 at Adelaide Festival Centre from 17 October to 3 November.

Along with the Moon Lantern Parade, a hugely popular free community event in Elder Park, this year's OzAsia Festival program includes another stellar line-up of performances by local, Australian and international artists and you can view the feast of delights on offer on the OzAsia Festival website.

To help you with creating your personal list of shows to see, we asked an expert with inside knowledge to share what she'd recommend for different age and interest groups.

Simone Romaniuk (pictured) is OzAsia Festival's Creative Director.

Check out Simone's top picks below and get her insights into the Moon Lantern Parade in our article: Lighting the way to a more connected city.

Simone Romaniuk, OzAsia Festival Creative Director, shares her top program tips for:

.. first-time festival goers:

"What the Day Owes to the Night is a powerful dance work from world renowned French-Algerian choreographer Hervé Koubi. With a dozen male dancers from across the Mediterranean Basin, this work showcases Koubi’s distinctive movement style with Sufi whirling, breakdancing, contemporary dance, capoeira and acrobatic feats."

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'what the day owes to the night'

.. families:

"Japanese group SIRO-A’s Techno Circus is a fun, high energy, visual delight, with video-mapping technology, mime, dance, puppetry and comedy. Loved by audiences of all ages, it’s impossible not to smile while watching this show!"

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'techno circus'

.. students on a budget:

"It’s hard to go past one of OzAsia Festival’s most popular artists who return with eye-popping new show, Totes Adorbs <3 Hurricane. Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker’s 25 performers sport rainbow uniforms, pompoms, glowsticks and water pistols as they dance, sing and shower the audience with tofu, glitter, wakame and water all to a remixed J-pop soundtrack with high speed manga projection.

"The outdoor Lucky Dumpling Market which runs for the entire OzAsia Festival is free entry and has performances each evening with DJs, international and local artists. Highlights of the outdoor program include Alena Murang, Fade to Blue, Journey to the West and Adam Page & Noriko Tadano."

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lucky dumpling market.

.. over 60's:

"Outwitting the Devil is an incredible new dance-theatre work from Akram Khan Company, inspired by a newly discovered fragment of one of the world’s earliest surviving works of great literature, the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh. The ensemble of dancers from around the world explore old and new myths in Akram Khan’s iconic choreographic style. An Australian Premiere."

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'outwitting the devil'

.. loved up couples:

"Surpassing the Beeline is a theatrical-culinary experience created by Indian-born and Amsterdam-based theatre maker Abhishek Thapar. An intimate experience with six expats who share stories and food from their home countries with the audience as they sit together around a dining table. Good food and good company make this a very special show."

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'surpassing the beeline'

.. city visitors in town for a weekend:

"Vessel is an other-worldly dance work that is unlike anything audiences will have seen before. A Belgian-Japanese co-production by choreographer Damien Jalet and visual artist Kohei Nawa, this work is a futuristic exploration of dance and the human body as seven dancers perform on a stage floating in a pool of water."

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For the full program for 2019 visit the OzAsia Festival website and, for more ideas on fun ways to spend a spring day or evening in the city, check out our Adelaide spring guide

The City of Adelaide is a proud supporter of the 2019 OzAsia Festival.

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Skye Murtagh

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