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Welcome to APACA


The Australian Performing Arts Centres Association is the national peak body representing and supporting performing arts presenters from the iconic Sydney Opera House to remote regional centres.

We support the development of the performing arts throughout Australia with our broad membership including arts centres, independent producers and companies, festivals and performing arts consultants, agencies and funding bodies.

Annually APACA members present in excess 53 000 events, with over 11 million attendances, in an industry valued by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in excess of $1.1 billion.

APACA members have the lobbying and advocacy power of Australia’s national performing arts peak body behind them when needed and in front of them leading the way with national strategic initiatives.

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2017 APACA performing arts conference and national Performing Arts Exchange

At APACA’s 2017 performing arts conference Outside, In we will focus on innovative partnerships within our industry and look outward to invite people into our arts industry, to make it richer, more diverse and more inclusive.

Australia’s only national touring market, the Performing Arts Exchange [PAX], held to coincide with the conference,  continues  in 2017 as a hugely successful platform for touring business and open dialogue about ready-to-tour work and works in development, allowing a level of engagement and connectivity between creators, presenters and producers not available through any other forum.

We’re thrilled that Robyn Archer AO FAHA will be returning in 2017 not only to MC PAX but to take on the role of “Thinker-In-Residence” for the conference.

And remember, the conference and PAX are open to anyone – no need to be a member – everybody’s welcome. The Concourse, NSW Monday 21 – Thursday 24 August.

Registrations and further info click here!


South Australian Bursaries – Applications now open

Arts South Australia have generously provided funding to APACA to offer travel bursaries to the value of $1,040 each to South Australian artists, producers, performance-makers and presenters to assist them to attend the Performing Arts Exchange

You can submit a very simple EOI to apply to receive a bursary via this link.

To be eligible applicants must:

  • Be a South Australian arts organisation or an individual from South Australia that has a history of presenting quality, professional arts product
  • Be prepared to register for the Performing Arts Exchange

Applications must be received by 5.00pm (SA time) Friday, 28th July and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Wednesday, 2nd August.

Any questions relating to the application should be directed to admin[@]apaca.com.au

APACA gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts South Australia.

Click here to apply



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We continue to extend our thanks to TicketServ who are our Principal Technology Partners for the 2017 APACA conference Outside, In.

TicketServ have been long-term supporters of APACA and the industry as a whole.

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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to Elders past, present and emerging.


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