Highlights include a major touring exhibition Yidaki, performances by Australia’s world-renownedBangarra Dance Theatre and Ilbijerri Theatre Company'sJack Charles V The Crown- to build on Japan’s interest in Australia’s proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and a special opening concert by theAustralian Chamber Orchestra. The spot light on Australian performing arts creativity also includes Terrapin Puppet Theatre'sYou and Me and the Space Between in August, Graeme Murphy ＆ Mature Artists Dance Experience performThe Frockand a jazz cross-cultural collaboration between Australia and JapanThe Gravity Project led by Paul Grabowsky AO, in September and Back to Back'ssmall metal objects in October.
Australia now –Japan aims to complement our trade and strategic relationship running from April to November 2018.
The Foreign Policy White Paper, released in November, emphasises the value of soft power – the power of attraction and ideas – to Australia’s foreign policy objectives.The White Paper makes it clear that Australia’s soft power and efforts to build astronger nation brandcomplement our broader trade and investment policies and build impetus into our major economic partnerships.
Australia now –Japan celebrates and promotes cultural exchange and cooperation across a variety of fields in addition to the performing arts across three themes: Innovation science, technology and research; Creativity and design; and Australian lifestyle, sport tourism and culinary excellence.
Recognising strong ties and people-to-people links, Australia nowpromotes Australia’s creative excellence, diversity and innovation and strengthens networks and collaboration. It provides a platform to promote Australia's finest innovators, artists, thinkers and entrepreneurs on a vibrant international stage.
The program takes place in Japan in 2018 and Southeast Asia (ASEAN Region) in 2019.
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