Last year, the Macao City Fringe Festival held the “Art Festivals in the Cities” Sharing Session on Asian Arts Festivals for the first time. It helped art groups in Macao to know more about various fringe festivals and art exchange schemes abroad, and enhanced cross-regional communications. This year, key persons from foreign art festivals are invited to share their events and local cultural environments. Through face-to-face communication, local art groups that intend to perform abroad can be equipped with the first-hand information.
OzAsia Festival (Australia)
Joseph is an experienced arts leader in both theatre and international arts festivals. He commenced as Artistic Director for OzAsia Festival in July 2014 and during his tenure, has presented more than 80 Australian premiere presentations as well as more than 20 world premiere commissions. His previous roles include Executive Producer for Brisbane Festival (2011-2013) and both Resident Director and Youth & Education Manager at Queensland Theatre Company (2006-2011).
While at Brisbane Festival, Joseph oversaw the performing arts programme as well as the commissioning and co-producing new work with both local artists and major international co-productions. His work at Queensland Theatre Company included programming annual seasons for young audience, directing stage productions and commissioning artists to develop and present new work.
Other experience includes editor for opening and closing ceremony of the 2006 Asian Games (Doha), highlights editor for 2006 Commonwealth Games (Melbourne) and assistant director for Melbourne Theatre Company (2005 and 2006). He has won awards for Best Film at Newcastle Film Festival (2001) and Shoot-Out Film Festival (2001).
Joseph completed his undergraduate study at Newcastle University (Communications and Arts) and postgraduate study at Victorian College of the Arts (Directing).
Edinburgh Fringe Showcase （Mainland China）
One of the most active independent theatre producers in Mainland China. From the mid-1990s, he has participated in almost 100 theatre productions, such as Che Guevara (2000 & 2005), Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land (2006 & 2007), A Night for Ten People, The Gin Game, The Liaisons and many others. Yuan Hong is known as one of the most valuable independent theatre producers who can represent the soul of Chinese Theatre by different media such as Reader's Digest, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, CCTV's programme "Oriental Horizon" and "People".
In 2001, he initiated and organized College Theatre Festival till 2005. From 2001 to 2005, he founded Bei Bing Ma Si Theatre in Beijing and worked as the artistic director. In 2012, he founded Edinburgh Fringe Showcase , an important theatre festival in China, and has been the producer ever since. Yuan Hong also works as the producer of Hangzhou XiXi International Arts Festival (2015), Shanghai Xintiandi Festival (2016) and China Jiangsu Original Studio Theatre Biennial (2016).
The International Low Fat Art Festival (Thailand)
Practicing in marketing, advertising, art, and art management, Wayla is an independent art manager and producer working in between various art communities; a print coordinator and projectionist of World Film Festival of Bangkok, business development and cultural management of Thong Lor Art Space, and festival director of the Low Fat Art Fest (2018). In 2017, he initiated the sustainability project called “Prayoon for Art” to be a bridge connecting between contemporary art and various Thai societies, and incubation for young contemporary Thai artists.
TPAM Fringe Coordinator (Japan)
Born in 1987. He majored in Sociology in Japan and went abroad to study Arts Management in the states. He had worked as an assistant director at Living Arts of Tulsa, a non-profit arts organization based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After his return to Japan, he has started working at Pacific Basin Arts Communication (PARC) in 2015, and currently he works as a TPAM Fringe coordinator at Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama (TPAM) .
Old Court Building
Languages: Mandarin and English
No. of Participants: 40
Registration on a first-come, first-served basis