Performing Arts Exchange

Two become one… Welcome to the Australian Performing Arts Exchange [APAX] 2020


Across the week of 7 – 11 September 2020 and in partnership with our venue host NIDA, APAX will wrap up all the best bits of our relationship-focussed market with the mind-blowing thought-leadership of our conference under one new banner.

Liz Hughes, CEO of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, stated, “We’re delighted to be partnering with PAC Australia to bring APAX to NIDA in 2020. As a key event for performing arts professionals we’re excited to play our part in supporting the industry and engaging in valuable discussion and networking. I look forward to welcoming delegates to NIDA and seeing some of the best creative projects and audience development strategies come to life.”

APAX 2020 – Important Dates

Applications to present at APAX 2020 will open soon.

An applications webinar with all the juicy details on how/when/why pitch at APAX will be held for all interested producers at a time to be confirmed.

Check back here soon for more information!

So what does APAX 2020 have in store…. 

Attendees can expect presentations of over 50 of the best creative projects on offer from across Australia preceding a conference this year curated by PAC Australia’s Katherine Connor.

We invite you into the important conversation around engaging, expanding and nourishing the arts ‘family’, in every sense of the word.

This conversation has never been more timely and pressing than it is now.

Katherine said, “However you define ‘family’, whether audiences, your organisation, your community or the sector as a whole, there’s a conversation to be had at APAX about what’s most important to you… and to your family.There’s no doubt that in 2020, we will have emerged as a sector that even 5 years ago we may not have recognised. Let’s grab the reins and be the new architects of the future of the arts in our communities. The title and theme for APAX 2020 is Us. This is family work.

Former PAC Australia Executive Director, Rick Heath stated, “We are an industry with so much potential – all the people we have in our family, from the 11 million audience attendances our members enable every year, to the Minister himself, we have a collective strength and impact that we plan to acknowledge, value and celebrate.”

PAC Australia acknowledges the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the traditional owners of the land on which APAX 2020 will be held. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

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.