Forging stronger links between the Australian and Southeast Asian arts and cultural sectors will be the focus of a three-day international arts conference in Adelaide this weekend.

Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival will host Borak Arts Series from 1 November to 3 November, the major annual arts conference for Southeast Asia.

Featuring a program of keynote speakers, panels, round table discussions, networking events and performance showcases, it is the first time the event will be held outside Southeast Asia.

Approximately 180 delegates will attend over the three days, including artists, cultural leaders and government representatives from across Southeast Asia and Australia.

The conference aims to connect artists with opportunities, promote cross-cultural artistic collaborations, provide a platform to showcase work and a forum for the Australasian arts community – from artists to industry leaders – to network and discuss ideas.

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier AM said: “Hosting Borak Arts Series in Adelaide makes the ASEAN Region conference more accessible to the Australian arts industry and the opportunity to network, educate and exchange ideas is significant. Hosting Borak Art Series will facilitate artist to artist conversations - and producer to producer conversations – to help seed many more new opportunities to collaborate, at an organisational level through funding and partnerships, and also through a shared understanding of our various cultures. It’s anticipated the benefits of Borak will be felt not just in South Australia, but nationally and overseas.“

Since 2013, Borak Arts Series has welcomed over 1,100 delegates from 26 countries, 29 international festival directors and presenters as well as 42 international funding stakeholders.

Borak Arts Series’ signature Pitchpad creates a forum for all involved in the arts to present or discover new performing arts projects. This year’s Pitchpad will give 10 artists the opportunity to pitch their works to performing arts professionals including presenters, festival directors and venue programmers.

PITCHPAD platform has seen more than 40 artists pitch their works to more than 170 performing arts professionals, resulting in additional project support, representation, performance engagements, international exposure, premiere locations and touring opportunities to over 25 countries such as Japan, Australia, America, South Korea, Denmark and Belgium.

Running from 25 October to 11 November, Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival leads the way as Australia’s major arts festival engaging with Asia.

The 12th annual OzAsia Festival features five world premieres, 20 Australian premieres and 22 events exclusive to South Australia. The festival will present works from 817 artists and 20 countries.

The full OzAsia Festival program can be viewed online here:

The full 2018 Borak Art Series schedule can be viewed online here:

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