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Asia Awards celebrating Australian Arts

Thursday 1 August 2013

Asia Awards celebrating Australian Arts

Australian creativities and their engagement with artistic cultural links in Asia are being celebrated with the Australian Arts in Asia Awards. 

Nominations in categories  - partnerships, philanthropy, Indigenous, community engagement, innovation, individual artist, small to medium arts organisations, major arts organisations, visual art, literature, theatre, music, and digital and film – includes Asialink’s The Bookwallah, an account of the travelling library that made it’s way around trains in India, nominated in literature. Australia’s leading Indigenous performing arts organisation, Bangarra Dance Theatre also appears in the categories for Major Arts Organistion, Indigenous and Dance.

Award winners will be presented at a gala dinner tonight by the Minister for Arts, The Hon Tony Burke MP who said in a media release that, "The engagement in Asia isn’t simply an exposition of Australian creativity. The work of our artists is being affected by Asia just as artists who have moved here from parts of Asia are seeing their art affected by Australia. This artistic influence is now at the cutting edge of much of Australian creativity. “

To be eligible for an award, artistic projects must have been performed, exhibited, toured, produced or developed in an Asian country or with an Asian partner between July 1 2012 and June 30 2013. 

For a full list on nominations visit the official website.

- Lauren Della Marta