OzAsia Festival Writing and Ideas Program Returns


OzAsia Festival’s In Other Words unveils the full list of speakers and upcoming sessions at the Adelaide Festival Center from November 4-6, including celebrity authors, media personalities and a celebrity chef.

In Other Words will bring together over 60 writers and thinkers from diverse backgrounds on three stages around the Adelaide festival center as they engage in important conversations ranging from politics to pop culture.

The program will coincide with the closing weekend of the OzAsia Festival, Australia’s premier contemporary arts festival fostering cultural engagement between Australia and Asia.

Jennifer Wong, curator of In Other Words: “In Other Words is for anyone who is curious about the world we live in and how we live in it together. weekend to discover some of the writers you will enjoy this summer.

“It’s a chance to be part of fascinating conversations between Australian-Asian writers and speakers, and a handful of international authors who will be joining us from abroad in person and via Zoom.

“I hope writers and speakers from across Australia will enjoy the opportunity to meet their peers, make new friendships and meet potential new collaborators. Who knows what wonderful new work might come from this gathering at Adelaide?”

Jennifer Wong, Chinese-Australian writer, comedian and MC (ABC TV Chopsticks or Fork?) is joined by Canadian-Australian journalist and host Beverley Wang (ABC Radio National) and TV personality Marc Fennell (SBS TV The Feed, Dateline, Mastermind Australia; ABC TV India Now, The School That Tryed to End Racism) as guest curators.

The highly anticipated Lunch by the river launches In Other Words 2022 with acclaimed local author Katherine Tamiko Arguile in Adelaide’s Riverbank area. Audiences will immerse themselves in home-cooked Japanese cuisine prepared by celebrity Adelaide chef Simon Bryant while hearing Arguile’s special story and connection to dishes through his new book Meshi.

The following morning begins with provocative questions and personal stories to Business breakfast in the Adelaide Festival Center Banquet Hall from 07:00. The public is invited to start their day with breakfast and a discussion with business and diversity leader Karen Loon and Ming Long, who was the first woman of Asian descent to lead an Australian entity among the top 200 listed on the ASX.

The Opening Night Gala: Words That Showed Me the Way brings together eight creators, including poet and performer Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, multi-award-winning comedian and writer Sami Shah, and Indonesian-born Singaporean writer and translator Clarissa Goenawan, as they discuss the words that guide and influence us. Register your interest for this free event here.

Fan favorite, Closing evening debate, will discuss whether all Australian children should learn Mandarin in school. Defending 2021 champions Marc Fennell, Anchuli Felicia King and Benjamin Law will take on the new 2022 team, cultural news editor at the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age Osman Faruqi, Sami Shah and Beverley Wang. Attendees of this free event are encouraged to register here.

Joining the program via Zoom live from Paris is Thuận, winner of the 2008 Writers’ Union Prize. She will speak to the public about an unfinished project that details the life of the diaspora in France and Vietnam. Thuận on Chinatown will be held in Vietnamese with interpretation in English.

Other highly anticipated sessions held in the language include Afghan women leaders in exile where three Afghan women leaders (Nazifa Yusufi Bek, Nafisa Hamed Faryabi and Shakila Abawi Shigarf) recently evacuated from the country come together to explore the human impact of Afghanistan’s fall and what the future holds. This session will be held in Dari with interpretation in English.

Australia’s favorite maths teacher Eddie Woo (ABC ME’s Teenage Boss) is back with a puzzling new series for young readers. Mr. Woo’s YouTube Tutorials have reached over 1 million subscribers and over 36 million total views. Join him at In Other Words to experience the cryptic messages from his new Time Out books! and Team Problem! Attendees of this free event are encouraged to register here.

Popular ABC RN show Stop everything! joins the program with a live broadcast of In Other Words! Hear from Benjamin Law and Beverley Wang as they chat with interstate and international writers and personalities who are at the OzAsia festival and hear about the week’s biggest and latest pop culture news.

Other discussion topics from over 30 free sessions include representation, ethics of technology, memoir writing, the rise of dictatorships, artificial intelligence and what could happen if an Asian leading man is chosen. as the star of a Hollywood spy thriller for the first time. time in history.

The program features a diverse range of speakers from diverse backgrounds – from two newly elected politicians (Fowler member Dai The MP and Western Australian Senator Fatima Payman), quadriplegic doctor, lawyer and disability advocate, Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM at Walkley Award-winning journalist Sarah Malik and funeral director and author Jackie Bailey.

Annette Shun Wah, Artistic Director of OzAsia Festival: “I am delighted that In Other Words is returning fully to the program of OzAsia Festival. In Other Words is a special place where a wide range of ideas and perspectives are brought to the fore and center.

“Come curious and leave inspired. See you at In Other Words in November!”

Running from October 20 to November 6, 2022, the OzAsia Festival also includes ticketed performances across theatre, dance, music, visual arts, film, food and cultural events from across Asia and around the world. ‘Australia. Foodie’s favorite Lucky Dumpling Market returns to Elder Park and returning for its second year is Moon Lantern Trail with traveling performances, interactive workshops and live music at Tarntanya Wama (Pinky Flat).

For more information on In Other Words, visit www.ozasiafestival.com.au.


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