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.

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


PAX provides this year’s best opportunity to genuinely connect with artists, arts managers, programmers and other industry professionals from right across the country. Importantly, it’s also the prime platform to seek out the shows and projects that will feed your audiences over the coming years.

During Outside, In our international and local speakers will focus on innovative partnerships, examine our unconscious biases and encourage our industry to look outward beyond the ‘usual suspects’ and invite people into our business to make it richer and more diverse.

PAX and the APACA conference continue to set the benchmark for intensive professional development and thought leadership in the industry. So, no matter how you connect (or want to connect) with the arts industry there are great conversations for you to have.


(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.)

APACA’s 2017 Performing Arts Conference and Performing Arts Exchange is possible thanks to our generous supporters:





Performing Arts Exchange & Conference


Performing Arts Exchange

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, it’s arts funding and advisory body.



Bursary support for South Australian delegates generously provided by:









Images from the 2016 Conference and Performing Arts Exchange