Asia in Darwin

Asia in Darwin is a DCA project funded by Festivals NT, through Arts NT, that aims to build relations between community-based cultural and artistic practitioners and organisations in order to enhance the basic people-to-people foundation of links between Asia and Darwin. Priority countries for strategic partnerships are Indonesia, Philippines, Timor Leste, and Japan, based on existing links. The Exchanges and Residencies will feature agreed strategic outcomes for all parties and can be integrated with relevant festivals and events in Darwin. 

Darwin Community Arts has been actively pursuing exchange and residential opportunities independently as well as in partnership with other organisations as part of its Strategic Plan for 2014 – 2019. An initial success in this regard is the Wedhus Gembel project (photo attached), with Snuff Puppets and artists from Yogyakarta, participating in Darwin Festival this year, with support from Australia Council.

There are other community-based artists and organisations that DCA and its partners are pursuing exchanges with such as Asian Movement for People's Music (a network of socially-engaged singer-songwriters and musicians in Asia). Jess Santiago and Joseph Purugganan of the Asian Movement for People's Music will be in Darwin from 26 October to 6 November 2014 for the first residency of Asia in Darwin. Contact Bong Ramilo if you wish to meet, jam, and collaborate with the visiting artists.