Asia TOPA was a festival celebrating Australia's connection to contemporary Asia.
Taking place across the summer of 2017 (January- April), Asia TOPA was a bold new initiative by the major cultural institutions of Melbourne presenting a broad program of performing arts, visual arts, film, digital arts and discussion from across the Asia Pacific region.
The Asia TOPA program presented over 60 events across 30 venues in Victoria. Along with presenting some of the flagship artists and companies from across the region, Asia TOPA actively encouraged new work with over 70% of the program commissioned for Asia TOPA.
Kate was Associate Director of Asia TOPA, and took a leading role in the development and creative direction of the inaugural program. Engaged by Arts Centre Melbourne (Asia TOPA's initiating organisation), Kate continues her engagement as Creative Associate to Arts Centre Melbourne as the planning for Asia TOPA 2020 begins.
"On the strength of this first showing it bids fair to be among the most exciting events on our calendar" The Monthly
" In the age of the festivalisation of everything, some arts events stand out from the pack. The Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts... looks different from many other festivals in the cultural calendar". The Australian
" Now Melbourne has Asia TOPA, a triennial event with a rich performance program manifesting a multitude of origins, forms and collaborations" RealTime