Turning World is led by Co-Directors Kate Ben-Tovim and Tam Nguyen.

Kate Ben-Tovim has over 20 years experience in the cultural sector and has lived and worked in Indonesia, India, PNG, China, UK and across Australia. She has consulted to every level of Australian government, and has worked with major festivals and artists across the world.

Awarded a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, a DFAT Secretary’s Citation, and Green Room Award for Curatorial Contribution, Kate is recognised as a thought leader in the areas of Asian engagement and soft power.

Tam Nguyen has over 20 years of experience in large-scale festival management, film, and the performing arts sectors in the UK, US and Australia.

Turning World works with various Associates to delivery projects in Australia and around the world.


Turning World is a boutique cultural agency connecting contemporary cultures in Australia and the Asia Pacific.

Based in Melbourne, Turning World offers policy, curatorial and producing services with a focus on engaging with large-scale cultural institutions, governments and major events.

We specialise in :

Curatorial services – programming expertise for festivals, major events and government clients

Producing services – producing support for arts and cultural clients with a specialty interest in intercultural collaborations

Research and Policy – specialist advice in the areas of soft power, new audience engagement and Asian engagement


Turning World has a major consultancy with Arts Centre Melbourne providing ongoing curatorial and producing services for the Asia Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (Asia TOPA) – the flagship festival for Victoria’s cultural engagement with Asia.

Turning World has been commissioned by Creative Victoria and Asialink to research international students and their potential for increased engagement with the Victorian cultural sector.

Turning World is producing the work of Indonesian artists Garin Nugroho (Setan Jawa, A Planet) and Rianto through Turning World Associate Jala Adolphus.