The Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) works year-round, and across Australia, to connect contemporary Australian theatre, dance, emerging and experimental art with national and international opportunities.
APAM is a strategic initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts. It is designed to showcase Australian and New Zealand contemporary dance, theatre, emerging and experimental arts nationally and internationally. APAM has operated for 24 years as a biennial market event in Canberra (1994-1998), Adelaide (1998-2012), and Brisbane (2014-2018).
For 2020-2024, APAM is delivered by Creative Victoria and has evolved to reflect the increasingly connected, sophisticated and established Australian and New Zealand performing arts sector. The role of APAM in its new iteration is to deepen relationships through exchange, reciprocity, and hospitality.
APAM facilitates opportunities across a spectrum of international engagement that includes touring, co-commissioning, collaboration and residencies.The key functions of APAM are:
- An APAM Office, open year-round to facilitate visitors to Australia based in Melbourne with a national remit, a small, dedicated staff of advocates is ready to welcome, host and connect international artists, presenters, and partners with contemporary Australian performance. The APAM Office serves as both a physical and figurative welcome desk for inbound visitors and delegations to Australia at anytimein the year.
- Hosting 1–2 annual APAM Gatherings at established festivals around Australia. Gatherings replace the previous biennial market events, increasing the number of APAM events and the diversity of contexts in which to visit performing arts communities around the country.
- Market intelligence for contemporary Australian performance. APAM serves as an Australian-based hub of market intelligence that benefits contemporary Australian performance and its advocates internationally.
APAM works year-round, and across Australia, to connect contemporary Australian theatre, dance, emerging and experimental art with international and national opportunities.