TAO 8, Photo by Zhang Shengbin

TAO 8  Photo by Zhang Shengbin

Featuring some of the most anticipated contemporary performance makers and thought leaders from the Asia-Pacific, Asia TOPA showcases Melbourne's unique approach to integrating Asia-Pacific arts and culture through new ways of working and collaborating with a focus on intercultural commissions and innovative presenting partnerships.

A joint initiative with the SidneyMyer Fund and led by Arts Centre Melbourne, Asia TOPA will be presented by a consortium of 14 leading Southbank precinct and city-based cultural institutions together with more than 30 Australian program partners to deliver a festival-style celebration of Asian-focused performance and culture across art forms.

The Asia TOPA program includes more than 60 productions, exhibitions and events featuring more than 350 individual artists, producers and thought leaders visiting Melbourne from more than a dozen countries across the region, traversing the myriad creative disciplines from visual and digital arts, design, installation, literature, architecture, contemporary dance, ballet and music. More than 25 events, many commissioned specifically for Asia TOPA, are being presented in premiere seasons.

The Chairman of the Sidney Myer Fund, Carrillo Gantner AO, said the organisation was proud to have instigated Asia TOPA with Arts Centre Melbourne, and to have the strong backing of the Victorian and Australian governments.

"Asia TOPA is an opportunity for us to join with our Asian and Pacific neighbours to celebrate the dynamic, diverse and exciting contemporary cultures that define our region," Carrillo said. "The Sidney Myer Fund's investment in Asia TOPA is but one example of the Myer family's longstanding support for Australia's active engagement in our own region, in particular through adventurous artistic initiatives that excite the senses, stimulate the imagination and build broader understanding."

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