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2017 DATES

APACA’s 31st annual performing arts conference “Outside, In” and our national Performing Arts Exchange [PAX] will take place at The Concourse, Sydney between August 21-24 2017.

  • The PAX will open on midday Monday 21 August and close on the evening of Tuesday 22 August.
  • The conference will open on the evening of Tuesday 22 August and conclude with the conference dinner and Drover Awards on Thursday 24 August.

At APACA’s 2017 performing arts conference Outside, In we will focus on innovative partnerships within the our industry (e.g. between major companies and small and independent artists/producers, commercial and subsidised sectors, indigenous and non-indigenous, etc.) as well as encouraging the industry to look outward and invite people into our arts ecology, to make it richer, more diverse and more inclusive and to highlight the potential partnership opportunities beyond the ‘usual suspects’.

We’ll look at how we overcome silos or disconnection within our workplaces… and our sector… and  beyond.

Our national touring market, the Performing Arts Exchange (held to coincide with the conference), will also return for a third year in 2017. PAX continues to be a highly successful mechanism for 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.  From a regional perspective, PAX also provides regional presenters and producers with a critical platform to share insights from within their region, ensuring that regional voices are part of the national conversation regarding arts and culture.

At APACA we’re all about connecting people with performance … so whether you’re an independent artist, a major producer, a remote regional venue or a cultural icon there’s a great conversation to be had.

Applications to present at PAX are now open. Registrations to attend will open in May 2017. Make sure you are signed up to receive updates.

(You don’t need to be an APACA member to attend PAX or the conference, however significant discounts apply for members – click here for more info on how to join APACA.)

2016 Conference & Performing Arts Exchange

APACA’s 30th annual performing arts conference The New Normal and APACA 2nd National Performing Arts Exchange [PAX] brought together members, colleagues, policy makers, international, national and local key speakers to provoke, explore and debate how we support and build our sector and our professional creative practices and showcase work in development and ready to tour.

Well done on a fantastic event … I’m already seeing real life outcomes from the conference and showcase. 

[Peta Spurling-Brown: Producer/Hey Boss]

I went with no real intent to purchase additional productions but there were some there that I think are ideal for us.

[Steve Donelly: Manager / Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre]

PAX 2016 was excellent, many thanks for a great conference and market. I’m really pleased I attended and I look forward to next year’s event.

[Jodi Glass: Executive Producer/Slingsby]

Keynote Speakers were inspiring, relevant and realistic to our industry and thought provoking.

[Antonette Zema: Arts and Culture Development Manager / Mildura Rural City Council]

What an extraordinary four days was had in Melbourne over the course of these two events.

Over 50 performance project presentations and 100 speakers and panelists created conversations, discussions and ideas that formed APACA’s national Performing Arts Exchange [PAX] and 30th annual performing arts conference The New Normal.

PAX was led with the inimitable and boundless enthusiasm of Robyn Archer. We heard presentations and saw performance excerpts from independent artists and major organisations alike. Producers and presenters took advantage of APACA’s new ‘Hooked Up’ program with one producer commenting ‘The help we had from Bronwyn as our kind of broker or advocate was hugely beneficial’ and first-timers were looked after with a buddy system.

The conference brought together local, national and international speakers. Andrew Mawson inspired people with his story of Bromley By Bow an innovative community organisation in east London, working in one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK. Dr Jen Frahm led us through the process of managing personal and professional change and relative newcomer to Australia, Melbourne International Arts Festival Executive Director Kath Mainland shared the extraordinary depth of her 25 years of experience as part of the Edinburgh Fringe.

Tying the conversations together was the incredible John Knell. Part auteur, part provocateur and savagely critical thinker, John helped us question our current and future arts ecology, encouraging us all to create our ‘new normal’.

The combined event saw over 400 industry professionals gather over the four inspiring challenging and motivating days.

Thank you to all who attended, participated and got involved. My personal thanks go to the amazing team that made it all happen – Katherine Connor, Suzie Franke, Stacey Brown, Ryan Taaffe, Victoria Wyatt and Andrew Baker – a round of applause for you!

I look forward to seeing members and delegates old and new at next year’s conference ‘Outside In’ -Sydney, August 21-24 2017, where we look forward to exploring how we tackle ‘silo thinking’ and invite all people into our ecology, making it richer and more inclusive. Collectively these two events provide networking opportunities that are essential for a sector that is spread broadly throughout Australia and rarely connects face to face.



The 2016 conference and PAX was generously supported by:

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