Council for the Arts Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski today announced the
2016 Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) would be held in Brisbane from 22
to 26 February.
number of information sessions about the benefits of attending APAM and grants
available from the Council will be held in Australia and New Zealand from next
Grybowski said APAM was the leading biennial industry event for contemporary
performing arts in the Asia Pacific region and it would again be co-presented
by Brisbane Powerhouse.
2014 was a tremendous success, attracting more than 600 artists, presenters and
producers from around the globe to see firsthand the best creative works of Australian
and New Zealand arts,” Mr Grybowski said.
Australia Council established APAM in 1994 to provide Australian performing
artists and companies with a platform to share their stories and talent with
Australia and the world.
is a key initiative to realise the goals in the Council’s Strategic Plan. It enables Australian work to cross borders,
including strong representation from contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Island performing arts.
connects producers with national and international presenters to begin collaborations
and form partnerships, which lead to diverse Australian work being developed
and seen internationally. It also
helps grow the profile and reputation of Australian artists as creators of outstanding
Grybowski said 25 per cent of presentations at APAM 2014 were by Indigenous
is growing interest from national and international audiences and presenters in
Indigenous arts and the Australia Council is proud to bring these two groups
together,” Mr Grybowski said.
Powerhouse Artistic Director Kris Stewart said he was pleased Brisbane
Powerhouse would be hosting APAM for the second time.
is a formidable international initiative and offers a great opportunity to put
Brisbane on the map as a global destination for contemporary Australian
performing arts,” Mr Stewart said.
performance artist Tristan Meecham attended his first APAM in 2014. He pitched his concept Miss Universe
and showed a segment of Fun Run, which has been staged at Next Wave, Darwin and
Sydney festivals, and is now in negotiations with festivals in Asia and Europe.
able to present my work and start a conversation with a broad range of
international producers and funders was a unique opportunity,” Mr Meecham said.
was a good cross-section of work from independent artists, small to medium and
larger companies, which provided great representation, exposure and
Meecham had some advice for artists and companies thinking of attending APAM
to APAM with your producer’s hat on, research which context is most appropriate
for your work and charm those presenters and partners.”
APAM Information Roadshow
- Auckland – Monday, 9 March.
- Sydney – Wednesday, 11 March.
- Adelaide – Monday, 23 March.
- Perth – Tuesday, 24 March.
- Melbourne – Thursday, 26 March.
- Brisbane – Friday, 27 March.
- Darwin – Tuesday, 14 April.
- Cairns – Wednesday, 15 April.
For more information on APAM 2016 or to
register for an APAM information session, go to: http://www.performingartsmarket.com.au/
2016 will be presented by the Australia Council for the Arts in partnership
with Brisbane Powerhouse. Brisbane City Council is the principal supporter of
APAM. The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland and Tourism and Events
Queensland, proudly supports the event.
To see a video of highlights
from APAM 2014 go to: http://youtu.be/6puXW4ut-pk
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