China Shanghai Performing Arts Fair (ChinaSPAF) 2017 and satellite events

Event dates:  19-23 October 2017

Amount:   $3,000

Submissions of expressions of interest open: Saturday 1 July 2017

Expressions of interest close:   Midnight, Tuesday 11 July 2017 AEST

Notification:  Mid – late July 2017

About the opportunity

Expressions of interest will shortly open (1 July 2017) for support to attend China Shanghai International Arts Festival and Performing Arts Fair (ChinaSPAF) 2017 with the possibility to also attend the Wuzhen Theatre Festival or the SHIFT Art and Technology Festival,Shanghai’s Interactive Festival of Theater in Jiading.

The Australia Council will lead an Australian delegation at ChinaSPAF 2017. The Council’s International Development Manager – North Asia will work with the delegation in Shanghai to build connections with international arts professionals, institutions and artists, and their capacity to develop partnerships across Asia.

We will support 10 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.

Included in the 10 supported delegates attending ChinaSPAF, three delegates will be supported to attend the SHIFT Art and Technology Festival and three delegates will be supported to attend Wuzhen Theatre Festival. The selected delegates will receive an additional $500.00. Please indicate in your expression of interest if you would like to be considered for these additional opportunities.

Please note the short turnaround time in order to enable participants to submit a pitch to the ChinaSPAF Pitch Session: Going to Mainland China! by Monday 31 July, 2017:


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 the region and market.

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

Composition of the delegation

The delegation will reflect the priorities of 2017 ChinaSPAF and so will include delegates in the disciplines of: children’s theatre, art and technology in performance, immersive and physical theatre.

Supporting material

No supporting material is required. Please note that you will be unable to attach supporting material to your online application. 

You are not required to submit a budget with your expression of interest.

Selection process

Expressions of interest will be assessed according to the selection criteria above as well as in consideration of the overall composition of the delegation.

You will be informed of the outcome of your expression of interest by mid – late July 2017.

How to submit an Expression of Interest

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)’.

NB: Due to an upgrade to Council’s grant processing system, it will only be possible to submit your EOI between 1– 11July. Please take a look at the selection criteria above, and feel free to prepare your submission offline, ready to submit once the portal reopens on the 1 July. You will then be able to click on a ‘Submit an EOI’ button at the bottom of this page.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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. 


To discuss your expression of interest, please contact Sabina Finnern, Project Officer, International Projects on 02 9215 9046 or

Please check back here on 1 July 2017 when Expressions of Interest open.

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