Published on February 5

Asia TOPA Update

Asia TOPA has begun, with minimal impact to program due to travel ban. 

Arts Centre Melbourne, along with its Consortium and Program Partners, welcomes artists and performers from across the vast Asia-Pacific region for the 2020 Asia TOPA (Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts) festival.

The current 14 day travel ban put in place by the Federal Government in response to the outbreak of Coronavirus has had a nominal impact on the overall festival, with the majority of Asia TOPA’s performers not affected by the ban and set to inspire Australian audiences with their performances and experiences as scheduled.

Of the 84+ events within the Asia TOPA program, five have been rescheduled including Nocturnal x Asia TOPA at Melbourne Museum, Alex Wang at Melbourne Recital Centre, Howie Lee at Melbourne Recital Centre, What is Chinese at Arts House and Delusional World at Federation Square.

We are working with our partners and their artists to offer these experiences to audiences in Australia at a date soon to be advised, following any update to the Federal Government travel restrictions.

For anyone with tickets to these shows –– the original ticket will remain valid for the new show date, once announced. If ticket buyers cannot make the new date when announced, they can receive a refund from their place of purchase.

In addition there may be a cast change to Samsara, and there will be cast changes to What Happened in Shanghai.

"Asia TOPA recognises the impact of the current health crisis on our friends and colleagues in China, and send our love and support to the artists and communities affected.

"As well as hosting artists from across our region, Asia TOPA 2020 offers a record number of new works and commissions by voices we need to hear now more than ever.

“We are proud to take inspiration from our Asian collaborators and to celebrate how integral and dynamic relationships between Asian and Australian contemporary artists are in the 21st century.

"We are confident that our second Asia TOPA will enthrall and engage Australian audiences and we look forward to welcoming our festival community at Arts Centre Melbourne, and at many other Asia TOPA venues across Melbourne."

"For those whose tickets have been postponed, we are sorry if this has caused you inconvenience and we look forward to welcoming you as soon as new event dates are in place,” say Creative Director, Stephen Armstrong and Associate Director Kate Ben-Tovim.