Arab Arts, Dialogue and Community Engagement at OzAsia Festival

Project Summary

7 September 2018

  • Sector: Arts and Culture
  • Country location: Australia
  • Grantee: OzAsia Festival

Project description

OzAsia Festival presents the Australian premiere season of 'While I was Waiting', a major theatre work from Syria along with a series of audience Q&As and community engagement around Australian-Arab relations. The celebrated Syrian team of playwright Mohammed Al Attar and director Omar Abusaada masterfully humanise a political situation, offering a gripping portrait of ordinary characters facing ordinary problems in a world turned strange and cruel – and in doing so, powerfully connecting Syrian people with the rest of the world. This year marks the 12th edition of OzAsia Festival – Australia's leading international arts festival engaging with Asia. The 2018 festival program is the largest to date, and includes a turn towards the Middle East with this unforgettable theatre production.

Key dates

  • Public launch for OzAsia Festival program: Adelaide Festival Centre 14 Aug 2018
  • OzAsia Festival: Adelaide Festival Centre 25 Oct – 11 Nov 2018
  • Opening night of 'While I was Waiting': 30 Oct 2018
  • Artist Q&A Session 'While I was Waiting': Dunstan Playhouse 30 Oct 2018
  • Full Australian premiere season of 'While I was Waiting': 30 – 31 Oct 2018
  • Council for Australian-Arab Relations grant offer: $15,000
  • Total project value: $178,578

Last Updated: 7 September 2018
Artist performing on stage.
Fatina Laila and Moyad Romeih in 'While I was Waiting'. Credit: Didier Nadeau.