Australian Performing Arts Exchange [APAX]



APAX 6-10 September, NIDA Sydney


Applications are now open to present at the 2021 Australian Performing Arts Exchange for individuals, artists, producers and other organisations with an interest in reaching performing arts presenters from across Australia and overseas.

In 2021, PAC Australia’s annual national networking and development event, the Australian Performing Arts Exchange (APAX), will be a hybrid event on 6-10th September, with options to attend in-person at NIDA, Sydney or online via our new digital platform.

APAX is the most significant annual gathering of performing arts professionals in Australia, providing the connections and opportunities to develop and deliver the performing arts across the country. As the sector continues to innovate and navigate through our COVID-normal future, APAX will bring producers, presenters and creators together to have these important conversations in a single place and time, discussing new and upcoming work, coupled with a range of networking opportunities and professional development programs.

APAX is more than a touring market. We encourage applications ranging from pitching specific touring works; community based site-specific works, residencies or installations; articulating future visions or works in the pipeline; and sharing new concepts for the constantly evolving notion of “touring”. We also recognise that in 2021 many presenters won’t be there to ‘buy’ for upcoming seasons but will be looking further ahead as programming opportunities become available again.

While we prioritise applications from Australian producers and creators, we do accept applications from international companies with a specific strategy for touring into Australia, and warmly encourage attendance from those with aspirations for Australian touring to meet and network with presenters and potential Australian collaborators at APAX. Our digital platform will enable easy access to start forming these connections.

In 2021, you can choose whether you wish to present either in-person at NIDA or online. While face-to-face connections at APAX will always be preferred, we understand there are numerous factors which can be barriers to attending or presenting in person.

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PAX 2019

One event that presents over 50 of the best creative projects on offer from across Australia.

The Performing Arts Exchange (PAX) is PAC Australia’s flagship networking and development event. Through a face-to-face networking and a suite of programs that bring together producers, programmers and presenters from across the country, we provide an environment of mutual respect and openness to create and maximise touring opportunities and build long-term relationships.

“Whether pitching or simply as a delegate, more happens in the moments between scheduled events than could ever happen without being in the room…”  [2017 delegate]

In 2019, PAX continued to focus on relationship building as much as pitching productions. Producers spent more time engaging with presenters beyond pitching opportunities, through structured networking sessions, our “First Base” program that matches you with presenters, dedicated space for meetings as well as social events designed to facilitate authentic dialogue between producers and presenters.

Our program of pitches, showcases and full-length presentation is curated through an independent industry panel of producers and presenters.

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“PAX provides a unique and invaluable service in bringing producers and presenters together so that outstanding live performance can travel to audiences around the country, especially to regional Australia. The connections formed at PAX provide ultimately lead to national tours, supporting bringing outstanding live performance to regional and remote audiences around Australia. The results that can be achieved through face to face meetings are invaluable and through this latest conference APACA have proved that the live performing arts industry nationally is all the richer for the Performing Arts Exchange.”

Chris Bendall | Critical Stages

PAX is an essential marketplace for presenters, programmers, producers and artists. It enables Australian performing artists to bring their work (new and existing) to the attention of presenters from around the country, build relationships, foster potential collaborations and create and maximise touring opportunities. This year’s PAX was the most significant gathering of the national performing arts industry and by any measure an outstanding industry event.”

Jodi Glass | Slingsby Theatre

“As the premier national event for performing arts centres, PAX provided invaluable networking and introduction opportunities, with members of almost all performing arts venues in attendance as well as a very significant representation of performing arts organisations, producers and performing artists from across Australia.”

Raina Savage | Griffith Regional Theatre


Whether it’s to buy work, find creative or presenting partners, or build your network, this is the place to be.