2008 OzAsia Festival program announced

Adelaide Festival Centre announces its program for the 2008 OzAsia Festival, which will run from 14 - 28 September.
 
Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Kevin Rudd MP, will deliver the keynote address at the Festival's Symposium, exploring the challenges and opportunities for closer cultural engagement with Asia in the 21st Century. The OzAsia Festival Symposium commences at 9.30am on Saturday, 20 September in the Festival Centre's Banquet Room. Throughout the day a wide variety of topics will be explored, featuring local, national and international experts from backgrounds such as education, philosophy, government, the arts, international relations and cultural studies. The day is free but registrations for the keynote address are essential and can be requested by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (limited to 2 per person).
 
The Festival Centre's 2008 OzAsia Festival program also includes an eclectic mix of dance, music, theatre, visual art, food and free events, involving a wide variety of Australian and Asian artists and a number of Australian premieres. For the first time, in 2008 the OzAsia Festival also includes a film component: OzAsia On Screen.
 
Premier and Arts Minister Mike Rann said, "I am delighted that the Prime Minister will be playing a key role in the evolving and increasingly important OzAsia Festival, which is reflecting a national move to further our engagement and links with Asia."
 
Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier said, "We warmly welcome Prime Minister Rudd, as well as all of the speakers and artists involved, to the 2008 OzAsia Festival program.  We were delighted with the response to the inaugural OzAsia Festival in 2007 and I encourage everyone to sample the delights of Australasian culture that are on offer in this year's program. The Festival is an exciting time for the Adelaide Festival Centre as we continue to cultivate relationships with our Asian neighbours as well as Australian artists with an Asian heritage."
 
As per the Festival tradition, the OzAsia Festival will open with the free Moon Lantern Festival. Elder Park will come alive with community dance and music performances and workshops, and a parade by hundreds of South Australian school children with beautiful hand-made lanterns. Guest artists from the 2008 OzAsia Festival program will also perform, and a delicious selection of Asian cuisine and moon cakes, and traditional lanterns, will be available for purchase. The festivities will commence from 4pm.  Sunday 14 September, Elder Park (adjacent to the Festival Centre)
 
In an Australian exclusive, Zhengzhou Song and Dance Theatre will present the epic dance drama Shaolin in Wind at this year's Festival. This stunning production features over seventy performers onstage and incorporates classical ballet, martial arts and acrobatics combined with lavish sets and amazing costumes in an epic tale of love, loss and finally justice. Sunday 28 September, Festival Theatre
 
Korean company Tuida uses traditional paper puppets, native markets and recycled-material percussion instruments to present the heart-warming fairytale The Tale of Haruk.. Venture into the intriguing, bizarre world of Haruk and his loving parents in an exploration of desire, parental love and the way we communicate. The Tale of Haruk is also presented by Adelaide Festival Centre's CentreStage program. 17-20 September, Space Theatre
 
Well-known local musician and Artistic Director of Soundstream Contemporary Music Ensemble, Gabriella Smart has fashioned an evening of new classical music that is poised between the ancient traditions of Asian and the West with Ecstatic Dancers. The concert features the music of Australian composers Peter Sculthorpe, Ann Boyd, Ross Edwards and Barry Conyngham, all of whom have been strongly influenced by Asian cultures, performed by Satsuki Odamura (koto) Gabriella Smart (piano) Geoffrey Collins and Rebecca Johnson (flutes), Vanessa Tomlinson (percussion) and Peter Handsworth (clarinet). Tuesday 23 September, Dunstan Playhouse
 
The cult Japanese genre anime is given a uniquely Australian feel in Once Upon A Midnight, featuring both Australian and Japanese actors in a collaboration by Flinders University Drama Centre and Japan's Kijimuna Festival for Young Audiences. Join Kelsey Clarke and her brother Ryan in a bilingual, parallel underworld, where werewolves, vampires, vultures, tengu and ningyo make suitable travelling companions, but fairies show no mercy! Directed by Catherine Fitzgerald. 23 - 25 September, Space Theatre.
 
Sitar star Purbayan Chatterjee (seen as part of the Festival Centre's trans:mission program during 2007) leads some of the greatest Indian music masters of their generation in the Shastriya Syndicate, which draws on the rich cultural heritage from both the North and South of the Indian subcontinent, presenting the music which has captured audiences for thousands of years in an exciting new format. Featuring Purbayan Chatterjee (sitar), Veenai Jayanthi (veena), Yogesh Shamsi (tabla), Murad Ali (sarangi), Ravichandra Kular (flute), Satish Kumar Patri (mridangam), Pramath Kiran (percussion). Wednesday 24 September, Dunstan Playhouse
 
Part classical and part folk music, pansori is an astounding musical theatre style of epic storytelling in song steeped in Korean tradition. Drawing on selections from the pansori classics, music ensemble Daorum (meaning "together we lift energy") incorporates Korean traditional rhythms, contemporary jazz improvisation and electronica to create an exciting high-energy cultural exchange. Daorum features Australian jazz musicians Simon Barker, Phil Slater, Carl Dewhust, and Matt McMahon, with Korean pansori singer Bae il Tong. Simon Barker began travelling to Korea in 1997 to perform, teach and study Korean traditional music, meeting Bae il Tong on his travels and forming Daorum together. Friday 26 September, Space Theatre
 
Japanese-Australian artist Mayu Kanamori presents the intense true story Chika. Chika Honda was a Japanese tourist who spent over a decade in an Australian jail for allegedly importing heroin - a crime she has always insisted she did not commit. As creator/narrator, Mayu regularly visited and documented Chika during her incarceration in order to bring her story to life. Incorporating live music, dance, narration, documentary images, archival footage and recorded interviews, Chika is mult-dimensional, contemporary storytelling at its powerful best. 26 & 27 September, Dunstan Playhouse
 
Take Me to Paradise is the acclaimed novel set in the artisan hill town of Ubud, Bali, by Australian writer/singer Jan Cornall. In this performance of the same name, incorporating art, video, still photos and live music, Jan paints a vibrant picture of her ongoing collaborations with Indonesian writers, artists and musicians. This performance also introduces the talents of noted Indonesian poet Sitok Srengenge, jazz pianist Wendy Anggerani, drummer Deva Permana and visual artist Jumaadi. Saturday 27 September, Space Theatre
 
Jan Cornell and Sitok Srengenge will also lead poetry and writing workshops for secondary school students (23 September, Dunstan Playhouse Foyer) and adults (Thursday 25 September, Dunstan Playhouse Foyer).
 
In the opportunity of a lifetime at Two Chefs and 100 Cultures, award-winning chefs Cheong Liew (The Grange, Hilton Adelaide) and Simon Bryant (Hilton Adelaide and ABC's The Cook and the Chef) combine to produce a sumptuous three-course banquet of their favourite Australian/Asian fusion dishes. Cheong and Simon will deliver an insight into their philosophies of cooking, ingredients and methods used, which will be coupled by superb local wines and entertainment. Tuesday 16 September, Hilton Adelaide
 
For the first time, the OzAsia Festival includes a strong film component, with OzAsia On Screen jointly presented by the Festival and the Media Resource Centre. A selection of documentaries, shorts and feature films showcasing the scope of screen culture throughout the Asia Pacific region will be screened, featuring both Australian and Asian filmmakers. Several of the directors will also be present after the screening of their films for intimate Q&A sessions. 17 - 24 September, Mercury Cinema (Lion Arts Centre)
 
The OzAsia Festival also includes a rich and diverse visual art component featuring some of Australia and Asia's best-known visual artists. All exhibitions are free. The Artspace will house Ose Tara Lia (I See Nothing), an exhibition of Indonesian artist Heri Dono's politically poignant yet humorous artworks in collaboration with local artists and emerging Indonesian artist Jumaadi. Dono will construct Ose Tara Lia, an interactive site-specific installation, over a period of 4 weeks. 13 September - 19 October, Artspace
 
In a free performance on Friday 26 September on the Artspace Plaza, incorporating large-scale projection, shadow puppets, music, dance and song, Heri Dono will be joined by Australian Indigenous performers to bring together Indigenous dance and didjeridu with traditional Indonesian Gamelan music, Jumaadi's grass sculptural forms and wayang puppetry in a contemporary and politically charged performance.
 
Jumaadi's works will also be on display in Home Sweet Home, an exhibition of woven grass characters which will lead from the Dunstan Playhouse Foyer to the Artspace, as part of a three-week residency at the Adelaide Festival Centre. 13 September - 19 October, Dunstan Playhouse Foyer & Artspace
 
From 17-19 September Jumaadi will hold storytelling sessions and grass sculpture demonstrations in the Space Theatre foyer. His unique grass figures are based on the traditional Indonesian grass puppets called the wayang rumput using techniques he learned from his father as a young boy in his Indonesian village in eastern Java. School children and visitors will be fascinated by Jumaadi's magical style of Indonesian chanting and narration.
 
The Festival Theatre Foyer will host Confluence, an exhibition of ideas and cultures, artists and media, featuring Gus Clutterbuck's beautiful array of drawings inspired by his most recent residency in India to converge with the stunning traditional Rajasthani terracottas and miniature paintings by Indian born, Adelaide based Pramod Kumar. 10 September - 12 October, Festival Theatre Foyer
 
Japanese-born, Sydney based specialist of the ancient art form of flower arranging, Ikebana (The Way of Flowers), Master Yoshiro Umemura, will present a series of free demonstrations of this art, utilising natural materials foreign and native. Members of the Adelaide chapter of Ikebana International, established in 1977, will also be involved. 26 and 27 September, Piano Bar
 
Booking for ticketed performances may be made at all BASS outlets or through BASS Dial'n' Charge on 131 246 or online at www.ozasiafestival.com.au

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