The Australian Performing Arts Forum (formerly Australian Theatre Forum), run by TNA,is a landmark meeting place for Australian performing arts industry professionals. Held in different locations around the country, this biennial event strengthens the performing arts by addressing current issues regarding policy and practice, sharing knowledge and view points, and cultivating fresh ideas that will, in turn, enrich Australian art, culture and society.
The Australian Performing Arts Forum 2023 will be taking place during the Brisbane Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse, mid-late September.
ATF in 2021 went ahead in a deconstructed, COVID responsive way. We planned five different events: 3 in person, and 2 online, across the year. The in-person events were designed so that if borders closed, the event can be hyper-local, with some online elements where appropriate. As 2021 has progressed, we feel lucky to have had a large in person gathering in Adelaide in May. The Darwin gathering was shifted online, and the Sydney in person gathering was sadly cancelled.
On May 14th-16th in Melbourne’s Arts House Meat Market there was a unique gathering of Australia’s theatre practitioners, producers, presenters and commentators to explore the urgent issues of our time and imagine possible futures for the Australian theatre sector. This forum was the first time the theatre sector got together in this way for over 20 years and it was hoped that this would be the first of a regular biennale forum hosted by different cities and towns across Australia.
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