The massive Asia TOPA cultural festival has unveiled its 2020 program

The massive Asia TOPA cultural festival has unveiled its 2020 program

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Three years in the making.

The Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (or Asia TOPA for short) has dropped its full 2020 program, spanning everything from dance to visual art.

The festival’s massive music program will feature a mix of familiar faces and intriguing overseas acts. Having debuted in 2017, Asia Pop Fest will return to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl next year, featuring some of Asia’s most exciting pop artists. The lineup will be announced in the coming months. Punters can expect gigs from spiritual singer Abida Parveen, Pookie, Marcus Whale among others.

Galleries across the city will host new and exciting works from Thailand, South Korea, India, China, France and Iran. Featured artists have produced unconventional works that contain multi-sensory, performance-based and technological elements. Exhibitions can be found at the National Gallery of Victoria, The Substation, Arts House and more.

For the theatre buffs, Asia TOPA will bring new and powerful voices into the limelight. The festival’s previous program announcement revealed the debut of Benjamin Law’s Torch The Place, but festivalgoers can also witness works commissioned for Asia TOPA, including Made in China 2.0 and Folding Beijing. This is just a snippet of what’s included in the huge program.


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Asia TOPA will run between January and March in venues across Melbourne. For more info, head to the festival website.

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