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.


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Over the past five years PAC Australia’s Performing Arts Exchange, or PAX, has been held in conjunction with our much-loved national performing arts conference (held annually since 1987).

Over that time, we’ve seen unprecedented growth in the need for a relationship based, face-to-face gathering that connects people purposefully and unexpectedly.

98% of people coming to PAX and the conference this year said market and audience development are a critical part of the performing arts sector. An awesome 99% of them stated they were satisfied or very satisfied with their experience.

We know that these two major events are central to who we are, what we do and what the performing arts sector wants.

So now, two becomes 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 good bits of our relationship-focused 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 invaluable 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.

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.

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 respect to Elders past, present and emerging.