Australian Performing Arts Exchange [APAX] 2020


When we rebranded our Performing Arts Exchange and Conference to APAX (the Australian Performing Arts Exchange), it was based on the recognition that these two major events are at the heart of performing arts presenting in Australia, and central to our members’ planning and development.

And so we began planning the largest event in PAC Australia’s history for 2020, in collaboration with NIDA, our venue partner.

But of course, 2020 had other plans for all of us.

So we moved online, bringing a new format of twice-weekly online experiences from 11 August to 17 September, 2020.

You can still view the full program here, and sign up to our e-news to stay tuned on all things relating to APAX 2021…


APAX 2020 was possible with big thanks to our supporters:


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.