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Canadians at APAM

The Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) is Australia’s leading, internationally focused industry event for contemporary performing arts. APAM 2016 took place in Brisbane February 22 to 26.  It saw a strong Canadian presence with over 30 arts community attendees, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.  

Canadian participants included a strong group of First Nations artists, who combined with counterpart performing artists from Australia and New Zealand in a well-received joint dance performance at the opening ceremony.

APAM aims to showcase and promote the thriving and diverse creative sector and help to grow the export of Australian performance and import from abroad. It also focuses on stimulating the ongoing dialogue, collaboration and exchange between local artists and producers, and their international counterparts.

Since being established in 1994, APAM’s key purpose has been to increase the international and national touring opportunities for contemporary performing arts groups and artists and it champions and proudly invests in the arts.

APAM provides a unique opportunity for artists from Australia and abroad, to network with key international and national presenters, buyers, agents and peers.

Notable Canadian attendees included: Carolyn Warren (The Banff Centre), Norman Armour (PuSh International Performing Arts Festival), Daniele de Fontenay (Usine C), Kathleen Merritt (Alianait Festival), Sherrie Johnson (Canadian Stage), Alain Paré (CINARS), Cris Derksen, Nimkii Osawamick and Jesse Baird, among others.

For more information on APMA click here.


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