China Shanghai International Arts Festival and Performing Arts Fair (ChinaSPAF) 2018

China Shanghai Performing Arts Fair (ChinaSPAF) 2018 and Satellite events

Event dates:  17 – 22 October 2018

Amount:  $3,000

Expressions of interest close:  Midnight, Tuesday 24 April 2018 AEST

Notification:  Late May 2018

About the opportunity

Expressions of interest are now open for support to attend China Shanghai International Arts Festival and Performing Arts Fair (ChinaSPAF) 2018, with the option to also attend the Wuzhen Theatre Festivalor the SHIFT Art and Technology Festival (Shanghai Interactive Festival of Theatre) in Jiading.

The Australia Council’s International Development Manager – North Asia will lead an Australian delegation at ChinaSPAF 2018; working with them in Shanghai to build connections with international arts professionals, institutions and artists, and to strengthen their capacity to develop partnerships in China.

The Australia Council will support six delegates with $3,000 each towards the cost of attending ChinaSPAF. The Council supported delegates will be responsible for all costs associated with attending ChinaSPAF including flights, insurance, accommodation and registration.

Of the six Council supported delegates selected to attend, up to three delegates may be invited to attend the SHIFT Art and Technology Festival, and up to three delegates may be invited to attend the Wuzhen Theatre Festival. These delegates will receive an additional $500 in travel support, but will be responsible for all costs associated with attending SHIFT or Wuzhen, including ground travel, insurance, accommodation, registration and tickets. Please state in your expression of interest if you would like to be considered for one of these additional opportunities.


Please check the general eligibility requirements on the Australia Council website.

Selection Criteria

You are required to respond to the following selection criteria:

1.  The impact of the project in developing future international opportunities and enhancing international reputation.

2.  Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, the region and market.

3.  The timeliness of the project and demonstrated ability to plan and deliver the project effectively.

Supporting material

No supporting material or submitted budget is required. Please note that applicants will be unable to attach supporting material to their online application.

Selection process

Australia Council staff will consider expressions of interest according to the selection criteria above and will seek recommendations by industry advisors as needed.

You will be informed of the outcome of your expression of interest by late May 2018.

How to submit an Expression of Interest

Click on the ‘Submit an EOI’ button at the bottom of this page. Expressions of interest must be submitted via the Australia Council’s online system. To apply in the online system, please click on ‘Grants & Grant Reporting’ and choose ‘Expressions of Interest (EOI)’.

Note, this is an expression of interest and not a grant application. It does not count as an application to the Australia Council Grants Program.

Changes to grants payments

The way Australia Council grants payments are made has changed. Effective immediately, grant recipients will no longer send an invoice for payment of a grant. Instead, after you accept our offer of funding, we will pay your grant into your nominated bank account and send you a Recipient Created Tax Invoice (RCTI).

Important information for administered grants

If you plan to have your grant administered by a third party, applicants will now need to ensure that the administrator is registered on the Australia Council online system before you begin your application. This means you cannot complete or submit an application if your administrator is not registered.


To discuss your expression of interest, please contact Karen Le Roy, Project Officer, International Projects on 02 9215 9054 or

Submit an EOI

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