Australia now - GERMANY 2017

    A3 is an Agency for artists who seek to work creatively and independently in today’s global art world. A3 provides artists with a range of strategic and consulting services in order to support them in achieving recognition and success worldwide.


    Bangarra is an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander organisation and one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies. Bangarra is internationally acclaimed for their powerful dancing, distinctive theatrical voice and utterly unique soundscapes, music and design.

    Led by Artistic Director Stephen Page, Bangarra is currently in their 27th year. Their relationships with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities are the heart of Bangarra with a dance technique forged from over 40,000 years of culture, infused with contemporary movement.

    Led by Artistic Director Stephen Page, Bangarra is currently in their 27th year. Their relationships with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities are the heart of Bangarra with a dance technique forged from over 40,000 years of culture, infused with contemporary movement.

    Authentic storytelling, outstanding technique and deeply moving performances are Bangarra’s unique signature.

  • BERLINALE 2017

    Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) is one of the world’s top tier film festivals screening around 400 films across all genres and we are proud to highlight that Australian film and filmmakers are increasingly becoming an established feature of the festival.

    Screen Australia, Australia’s major film funding agency, has a longstanding presence at Berlinale, and is proud to continue supporting outstanding Australian screen talent and content at the festival. |


    The CHAMÄLEON is synonymous with contemporary circus in Germany! This exciting art form deliberately blurs the boundaries between different genres - such as acrobatics, dance, music and theatre - in order to create something thrilling and cutting-edge.

    Since 2004, CHAMÄLEON has dedicated itself to New Circus with great passion and a love of adventure in Berlin’s pulsating city centre. By bringing the innovators and creative circus trailblazers of the international circus scene to Berlin and collaborating with circus companies which defy conventions, CHAMÄLEON challenges audience’s expectations and nurtures our understanding of what contemporary circus productions is and can be.

    The charismatic acrobats and musicians of Australian COMPANY 2 will present SCOTCH & SODA: a whiskey-soaked evening of circus and jazz that will leave you amazed, amused and ready to join the party!


    (Music Producer and Performer, Director Haul Music Records, Strategy Consultant Away Music, Berlin)

    Committed to supporting Australian talent, Christian Vance is a veteran of the Australian electronic music industry who has been based in Berlin for the past four years. With 15 years of international event touring management in Australia and Germany, Vance has been record label owner and manager of Haul Music, Australia since 2008. Vance has performed live electronic music and DJ’d for the past 18 years.


    Crisp & Wiget are part of Platform East – Berlin & Eastern Europe; a platform for Australian artists and Australian-European collaborations, curated by Rosalind Crisp/Omeo Dance, assisted by the Australian Government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ funding program Catalyst – Australian Arts and Culture Fund, with support from Tanzfabrik Berlin.


    Down Under Berlin – Australian & New Zealand Film Festival is a project of the non-profit association Down Under Berlin e.V. Since its establishment in 2011, Down Under Berlin has developed into the largest film festival in Europe dedicated to Australian and New Zealand films. It creates a window into storytelling and cinematography from Down Under, as well as a networking platform for filmmakers. From independent features, to blockbusters, shorts, documentaries and cinema classics – the festival showcases a wide range of films from both established and emerging filmmakers. As a festival dedicated to its audience, guests can choose winners for ’Best Film’ and ’Best Short Film’.


    The Game Developers’ Association of Australia (GDAA) was established in December 1999 to raise the profile of the Australian game development industry domestically and internationally.

    The GDAA’s presence at Gamescom is supported by the Australian Government - as part of the Australia now Germany program - and the State Government of Victoria through Creative Victoria.

    Visit the Asia Pacific's largest digital games event, Melbourne International Games Week, from 22-29 October 2017.


    The Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir, a leading Australian youth choir, will be on its first European tour, among others for a longer-term collaboration with world famous Wiener Sängerknaben. Founded in 2008, the choir under their director Lyn Williams gives young people the opportunity to express their culture through song and language. At the core of GICC’s mission is the preservation and development of language and story through song, involving intergenerational cultural activity and developing a new contemporary Indigenous repertoire.


    Come and experience literary diversity in the age of globalisation at the International Literature Festival Berlin (ilb). Here Arabic poets will meet American short story writers, Polish poets will encounter their Australian colleagues, and South African novelists will rub shoulders with a new generation of Croatian writers. Fascinating new talent will stand alongside recognised masters of world literature, with 190 authors coming together over these 11 days. With prose, poetry, conversations with authors, political discussions, film adaptations and children and youth literature – the festival is a vital, polyglot forum, staged by, and for, literary enthusiasts.


    In 1988 KinderKinder e.V. was founded; a non-profit organisation, which made its mission to promote high quality art for children and by children, with a special focus on the presentation of international stage art for kids. The KinderKinder festival is the organisation’s primary project taking place annually in a number of theatres and venues in and around Hamburg and from mid-September to mid-November. Each year more than 50 performances are presented, including productions for the very young.


    KW Institute for Contemporary Art aims to approach the central questions of our times through the production, display, and dissemination of modern art. Since its inception 25 years ago, KW has established itself as both an institution as well as dynamic and lively space for progressive practices within the Berlin art scene and internationally.


    me Collectors Room is a platform for art collections in central Berlin. In addition to showing works from the Olbricht Collection, me Collectors Room regularly invites international private and public collections to present selections of their artwork. me Collectors Room is proud to regularly include specific workshops and guided tours of its exhibitions for students and children, with the aim of making the engagement with art an integral part of young people’s lives.


    Although primarily based in Sydney, Australia, Michael Reid Gallery also maintains premises in the central Berlin neighbourhood of Mitte and is a permanent hub for Australian art in Europe.

    With an exhibition program that displays the best of Australian contemporary art, the gallery produces up to eight exhibitions a year, and participates in art fairs and projects across Europe including in Germany, England, Scotland and Sweden. The gallery is an entry point into Australia art for European collectors and often a port of call for Australian collectors visiting Berlin.


    The National Gallery of Australia is the Commonwealth of Australia’s national cultural institution for the visual arts. Their collections include more than 160,000 works of art across four main areas: Australian art, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art, Asian art and European and American art.

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection at the National Gallery of Australia is the largest collection in the world and includes comprehensive collections of works by many of the most significant Indigenous artists in Australia.


    Nicholas Mangan was born in 1979 in Geelong, Australia, and now lives and works in Melbourne. Mangan is a multi-disciplinary artist known for interrogating narratives embedded in a diverse range of objects. Mangan has exhibited internationally in a number of well-known group exhibitions including: Let’s Talk About the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis, Sursock, Beirut (2016); The Eighth Climate (What does art do?), Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2016); Beyond 2°, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara (2016); Riddle of the Burial Grounds, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp (2016); 9th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre (2013) among others. Recent solo exhibitions include: Limits to Growth, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane and Monash University, Melbourne (2016); Other Currents, Artspace, Sydney (2015); Ancient Lights, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2015).

  • R. JOHNS

    R. Johns is a playwright, and has received numerous nominations and Governmental support for her works. Her script 'As Told By The Boys Who Fed Me Apples' (Big West Festival, 2015) received a further nomination from the Australian Writers' Guild, and was published (Currency Press) and selected for the 2017 Victorian Certificate of Education Drama playlist. The Copyright Agency has supported Rosemary to present her work at Women's Playwright International conferences in Stockholm, Mumbai and Cape Town. Performing arts publisher Currency Press edited her works 'Stray, 'Black Box 149' and 'Carrying Shoes into the Unknown'. Her new work 'Chekhov in the House of Special Purpose' will premiere at Melbourne's world class contemporary art theatre, La Mama, in 2017. Rosemary holds a first class honours Drama degree from Manchester University, and Master degrees from the University of California and La Trobe University in Melbourne.


    The Peter Wilmot Thompson Stiftung, a non-profit foundation set up in Berlin in 2014, runs the Sculpture Park Wesenberg, which it has established on its premises north of Berlin in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The Foundation commissions and collects contemporary sculptures by established local and international artists, and promotes cultural exchanges between artists from Germany and Australia. The initial sculpture exhibition, with works by Australian-German artists Inge King and Erwin Fabian and other sculptors, was opened in June 2016.


    Stu studied jazz piano at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music and previously to that at The Canberra School of Music. Before completing his studies he moved to Manhattan, NYC where he immersed himself in music and life, returning to Sydney 2 years later. Once back in Sydney, Stu started working full time as a musician playing many and varied genres from noise improvisation through to Rock and Funk. He spent many years working as a touring and recording side man before finally writing his first suite The Muse which received wide critical acclaim. This was followed soon after by his award winning suite The Gathering and now by his third, The Migration. Met with a standing ovation at the 2016 Sydney Festival, Stu Hunter is now bringing his world-class ensemble to Germany to showcase at jazzahead! 2017, in Bremen.


    The Sydney Youth Orchestra (SYO) was founded as a single orchestra in 1973 by the visionary music educator and conductor, Peter Seymour. For over 43 years it has grown to become a community of more than 450 young musicians, aged 6-24. and today compromises 12 orchestras and ensembles.

    From 7 to 23 April 2017, their senior flagship orchestra will travel to Europe. Their tour culminates in Berlin with orchestral tutorials and sectionals in the Philharmonie with members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Facilitated by Stanley Dodds, Australian expatriate violinist, lauded musician and conductor some of the best classical music students from Sydney who aspire to a professional life as orchestral musicians will have the chance to hone their skills and meet their heroes.

    SYO will also travel with Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Alexander Briger, Conductor and renowned music educator James Pensini, and two outstanding soloists: Owen Morris, Principal Trumpet with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and Nick Deutsch, Artistic Director of the Australian National Academy of Music.


    The ‘Theater der Welt’ (TdW) festival returns to Hamburg for the first time since 1989! Hamburg will come alive for 18 days as it becomes the home port for the renowned international public art festival – bringing together both local and overseas artists whose original and influential works push forward the development of drama, performance, dance, literature, visual arts, film and music. Included in the 25-30 productions presented this year by ‘Theater der Welt 2017’ will be a number of Australian works with a strong focus on contemporary art.

    TdW is an International Theatre Institute festival, hosted by Thalia Theatre in collaboration with Kampnagel, funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Federal Government Commissioner of Culture and the Media and the Federal Foreign Office.

    Festival director: Joachim Lux Artistic programme: Amelie Deuflhard, Sandra Küpper, Joachim Lux, András Siebold