South Australian youth arts companies shine on world stage at IPAY

South Australian youth arts companies went on show to the world at the 2018 IPAY conference

South Australia has cemented its reputation as a world leader in theatre for young audiences, with a successful representation at last week’s International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) conference in Philadelphia, USA.

Supported by Arts South Australia through its award-winning Made in Adelaide export program, representatives from youth arts companies Windmill Theatre Co, Slingsby, Gravity & Other Myths, Patch Theatre and The PaperBoats attended the four-day conference, which provides opportunities for artists and organisations to produce, promote and present work internationally.

Arts South Australia also highlighted the work of Carclew, Restless Dance Theatre and the DreamBIG Children’s Festival at the event, which was attended by more than 300 delegates from arts companies, production companies and venues from all over the world.

The annual International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) conference is the world's leading event showcasing performing arts for young audiences. Held from January 24 to 27 in Philadelphia, USA, the 2018 event featured performances, exhibits, panel discussions and seminars and attracted major companies, artists, venue operators and programmers from all over the world to network and create international touring and development opportunities.

With some of the world’s most prolific show buyers, producers and performing arts spaces represented at IPAY, the results for South Australian companies include a wealth of touring and development opportunities in the US, Europe and Asia.

Arts South Australia Executive Director Peter Louca said: "The outstanding feedback and results from Arts South Australia’s 2018 IPAY delegation demonstrate how effective the Made in Adelaide platform is in securing real benefit to our cultural exports in direct investments, touring and development opportunities. It is great to be able to continue to expand this initiative, strengthening South Australia’s already excellent international reputation for performing arts."

The South Australian delegation received high praise from event organisers and visiting dignitaries, including from the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C .

IPAY Executive Director Jeremy Stacey said: "Australian artists have long been an important voice and presence at the IPAY Showcase. It was a great addition to the event's 40th anniversary celebrations to shine a spotlight on the outstanding work being created by South Australian artists and to share this with a record number of attendees. IPAY appreciates the continued relationship with Australian artists - world leading creators, presenters and thought leaders - as well as the ongoing support of the South Australian government through Arts South Australia, the Australian Embassy and Australian Council for the Arts."

Cultural Program Manager - Public Diplomacy, Australian Embassy, Washington D.C Rebecca Allen said: "South Australian companies and artists once again featured at the annual IPAY meeting in Philadelphia. In showcase performances, industry panels and sector development artists from Adelaide shared their expertise and skills generously. Thanks to support from the South Australian Government, South Australia is a world leader in theatre for young audiences."

Photo credits: Shane Reid, Andy Rasheed (eyefood), Cath Leo, Carnival Cinema, Tony Lewis