Deadline looms for Showcase and Pitch Programs at APAM 2018

APAM Circa Carnival of Animals - photo by Rob MaccollWith just days until applications close to be part of the Showcase and Pitch Programs at the 2018 Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM), artists and companies are being encouraged to finalise their submissions now, ahead of the deadline on Monday 3 July 2017.

APAM brings together more than 1,200 participants from the Australian and international performing arts industry, including Federal and State arts agencies and funding bodies, peak organisations and supporting networks, influential Artists, Artistic Directors, Creative and Associate Producers, Companies, Festival Directors, Executives, CEO’s, and Program Managers from over 30 countries.

Over five days, artists and companies have the opportunity to be part of APAM’s Showcase and Pitch Programs. They also have the opportunity to interact directly with more than 600 delegates attending the week-long event at networking events or being part of the Display Booth Program – a key meeting point for business and critical conversation.

Showcasing and Pitching at APAM is a great way of putting your work in front of national and international presenters and producers,” says APAM Executive Producer Zohar Spatz. “APAM offers a unique chance to connect face to face and have deep discussions with presenters, producers and important influencers.”

 “Many of the artists and companies that present at APAM have been able to establish new relationships with national and international agencies and venues. It’s a key point for building new opportunities, discussing potential touring and finding support for works in development. With applications closing soon, I’d encourage Australian and NZ companies and artists to consider presenting a showcase or pitch.”

Since 2004, Brisbane-based ensemble, Circa has been at the frontier of new circus – creating powerful works of circus art that challenge, thrill and delight. In 2016, the company showcased an excerpt of their critically-acclaimed production Carnival of the Animals as part of the APAM Official Program.

Since presenting at APAM, Circa has locked in a number of presenting opportunities, both internationally and nationally, including tours to Mexico and Korea for the first time, and developed a national tour for another work, Landscape with Monsters, following its premiere in 2016.

“For Circa, participating in APAM is vital,” said Circa General Manager, Charlie Cush. “It’s that one chance to connect with potential collaborating artists, deepen relationships with the national and international presenters who invest in our art, to showcase our latest work and to see Australia’s best companies showcase their’s … all in our hometown. Vital.”

APAM 2018 is presented by the Australia Council for the Arts in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse. Brisbane City Council is the Principal Supporter of APAM. The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland, also proudly supports the event.

The 2018 Australian Performing Arts Market runs 19 – 23 February. For more information or to apply to be part of the Showcase and Pitch Program, visit: www.performingartsmarket.com.au for details – applications close midnight (AEST) Monday 3 July 2017.

Image: Circa’s production of Carnival of Animals – photo by Rob Maccoll

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