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.

View the APAX Website

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

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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.