2016 APACA Conference & Performing Arts Exchange

Monday, 29 August 2016 to Thursday, 1 September 2016 from 9:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Venues, Australia



APACA, the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association, is proud to present the 2016 Performing Arts Exchange [PAX] and 'The New Normal' - this years performing arts conference.

In 2015 almost 500 of Australia's leaders in the performing arts converged in Sydney over the four days for PAX and the conference. These events set a new benchmark for intensive professional development and arts markets in our industry.

In 2016 the Performing Arts Exchange will provide opportunities to genuinely connect with artists, arts managers, programmers and other industry professionals who hold our sector together. Importantly, this is also the primary opportunity this year to pitch and seek out the shows and projects that will reach audiences across Australia over the next year and beyond.

The conference provides international thought leadership in a local context. Our 2016 line up is extraordinary - please see the program for details.

I look forward to seeing you there.




    Rick Heath



What is The New Normal

Is change the new constant? In a period of upheaval and uncertainty in the arts industry, the 2016 APACA conference will explore ways in which we can be agile, resilient and responsive both in our work environment and in the broader cultural landscape.

We'll explore a range of issues on social entrepreneurship, buyer behaviour, cultural diversity, contemporary music touring and strategies for managing and adapting to change at an orgainsational and personal level. We'll continue to support indigenous work and reflect on outcomes of the Australia Council's research into the presentation of indigenous work Showcasing Creativity.

We'll bring you some the best speakers on the planet and make sure you have time to connect and celebrate in what is one of Australia's premiere performing arts networking events.


The Performing Arts Exchange

Following the huge success of the inaugural Performing Arts Exchange [PAX] in 2015, it's back with more opportunities to present, pitch, discuss, buy and debate new work, tour-ready work and work in development. Responding to the feedback from the inaugural PAX we’re planning some exciting changes in format in 2016 to increase opportunities for direct and purpose-driven engagement between producers and presenters.

The full PAX line up will be announced in late June.


Program Overview

Monday, 29th August (Malthouse Theatre)

10am - 12pm        Pre-conference professional development sessions

1pm - 9.00pm       Day 1, Performing Arts Exchange (including pitches, networking events and a performance)

Tuesday, 30th August (Malthouse Theatre)

9am - 7.30pm       Day 2, Performing Arts Exchange (including pitches, networking events & conference opening keynote)

Wednesday, 31st August (Arts Centre Melbourne)

8.30 - 9.15am       APACA AGM

9.30am - 5pm       Day 3, "The New Normal" conference - keynotes, panels and breakouts

Thursday, 1st September (Arts Centre Melbourne)

8.45am - 5.30pm  Day 4, "The New Normal" conference - keynotes, panels & breakouts

7.30 - 11.30pm     Conference dinner including the Drover Awards - ZINC @ Federation Square.

New for 2016...

Hooked Up – Building Affinity relationships

In response to feedback from the 2015 PAX, in 2016 APACA will instigate a new program to better connect art-makers and presenters. Through “Hooked Up” six industry ‘connectors’ will review information provided by presenters [programming goals, artform preference, venue specifications etc] and provide a personalised matchmaking service to assist producers and presenters connect based on aligned needs. The ‘connectors’ will make contact with producers and presenters prior to and during the event. This will allow for a targeted approach and make the most of the available networking time and create the best opportunity for successful outcomes.



Images from 2015 APACA Performing Arts Exchange & Conference