The Ninth Wave by The Farm and Co3 Contemporary Dance. Photo by Jess Wyld.

Festival of Outback Opera

Festival of Outback Opera by Opera Queensland. Photo by Glenn Hunt.

Auto Cannibal

Auto Cannibal by Australasian Dance Collective and Beijing Dance LDTX,
Choreographed by Stephanie Lake. Photo by Jade Ellis.


Zoom by Patch Theatre. Photo by Matt Byrne.

Trash Talk

Trash Talk by The Strangeways Ensemble. Courtesy of Merrigong Theatre Company.

So long suckers 2

So Long Suckers by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. Photo by Simon Pynt.

Curious Legends

Curious Legends

Black Cockatoo

Black Cockatoo by Ensemble Theatre. Photo by Prudence Upton.


Whoosh by Sensorium Theatre. Photo by Peter Foster.

River Linked Live Virtual Concert

River Linked Live Virtual Concert. Photo by Abram Rasmussen Photography.

HOTA Home of the Arts

HOTA Home of the Arts. Courtesy of venue.

The Butch is Back

The Butch is Back by Reuben Kaye. Photo by Rebekah Ryan.

Australian Performing Arts Exchange [APAX]

Supporting the right work to reach the right audience, at the right time.


The Australian Performing Arts Exchange (APAX) is the national market and professional development gathering of more than 450 performing arts workers to develop tours and cultivate the relationships that deliver presentation outcomes for audiences and communities across Australia.

Since its inception, APAX has shifted the dial in the sector, from transactional market environments to a focussed, relationship-based platform which prioritises connecting presenters, producers, and artists so that the right work reaches the right audience, at the right time.

Alongside a range of pitching, showcasing and networking opportunities, APAX supports the professional development of delegates, showcases sector innovation and best practice and supports industry renewal through knowledge exchange.

APAX 2024

Naarm / Melbourne, 19 to 23 August 2024

APAX 2024 will be presented in three key components; the Advance Pitching Session on 8 August, the Market in-person 19 – 21 August, and the Conference 22 – 23 August.

Key Dates

Market Applications open Tuesday, 5 March 2024

National Presenter Outlook and Application Information Session Thursday, 21 March 2024, 1pm AEDT

Market Applications close Tuesday, 9 April 2024, 11.59pm AEST

Event Registrations open Mid May 2024

APAX Advance Pitching Session Thursday, 8 August, 2024

APAX 19-23 August 2024

Accessibility Guide

The APAX Accessibility Guide is available to download. This document will be updated should venues be added or information change.

APAX 2024 Market applications have closed

Applicants will be notified of their outcome in late May, with offers to present commencing from Tuesday 21 May and final confirmation on or by Wednesday 5 June.

The National Presenter Outlook and APAX Market Information Session was presented on Thursday 21 March. This session is available to view HERE. Many thanks to presenter outlook speakers Susannah Sweeney (Head of Public Programming, Adelaide Festival Centre); Penny Watts (Program Manager, Merrigong Theatre Company) and Stephen Henderson (Coordinator Creative Spaces, Bendigo Venues and Events) who supported the conversation.

For more information, please contact Programs Manager Lynda de Koning at

2024 Market Curatorial Panel Members


PAC Australia gratefully acknowledges and values the commitment of our curatorial panel members, who volunteer their time to review applications and support the market selection and programming process. On behalf of the PAC Australia board and staff, and the wider sector, we thank our curatorial panel members for their efforts and support.

Panel members should not be directly contacted, lobbied or harassed. They are also bound by confidentiality to not disclose the discussion around any applications.

If you have any questions about the application or would like to request feedback following the curatorial process, you can direct your request (and any other enquiries) to

  • Tom Molyneux, Senior Producer, First Nations, Monash University Performing Arts Centres
  • Wanyika Mshila, Community Engagement Manager, Sydney Opera House
  • Daniel Clarke, Head of Programming, Canberra Theatre Centre
  • Jeanette Wedmaier, Program & Engagement Manager, Empire Theatres
  • Kate Fell, Artistic Director, Darwin Festival
  • Penny McCabe, Head of Programming, Geelong Arts Centre
  • Raina Savage, Transitional Performing Arts Centre Manager, Wollondilly
  • Rhen Soggee, Interim Senior Manager, Arts Programs, Carclew / Independent Producer
  • Shayne Price, Manager Arts and Cultural Services, The Round
  • Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, Executive Director, The Blue Room
  • Susannah Sweeney, Head of Public Programming, Adelaide Festival Centre
  • Aotearoa Observer: Dolina Wehipeihana, Kaiārahi Māori, The Performing Arts Network of New Zealand (PANNZ)
  • Observer: Tiffany Rowland, Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre

Travel bursaries

APAX travel bursaries can provide financial support for delegates’ costs to attend APAX, including flights, accommodation, ground transport, per diems as well as an additional contribution for unwaged independents. We have confirmed funding for the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australian, Tasmanian and Western Australia delegates.

Travel Bursary applications will open late May.

Arts ACT have advised that any interested ACT applicants should apply for funding through the Arts Activities Funding Quick Response Grants, valued up to $5,000. Unfortunately support for New South Wales and regional Victorian delegates has not been provided.

We acknowledge the generous support from Arts NT, Arts Tasmania, Arts South Australia, the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Creative Industries.

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APAX 2023


APAX 2023 was hosted in Cairns from 28 August to 1 September 2023, with an online Advance Pitching Program on Thursday 17 August 2023. Thank you, to the 400+ producers, artists and presenters who came together for a week of deep exploration and engagement, reflecting upon what’s next in performing arts presenting and touring. As the ‘fourth wall’ came down, it was a week filled with dialogue and an exchange of ideas through provocation circles, breakouts, roundtables, panels and networking.

View the APAX 2023 Daily Program and check out event photos.


Previous APAX Gatherings


View content from the the 2015 – 2019 APAX events. PAC Members can view sessions on demand from 2020 – 2022 by logging in and visiting Members Resources – Sessions Recordings.