ATF in 2021 will proceed in a deconstructed, COVID responsive way. We are planning five different events: 3 in person, and 2 online, across the year. The in-person events are designed so that if borders close, the event can be hyper-local, with some online elements where appropriate.
ATF#1 – Neighbourhood Adelaide, 20 May 2021
In partnership with APAM and DreamBIG Children’s Festival, we hosted a gathering for 150 delegates on the lands of the Kaurna people. Neighbourhood Adelaide gave space to delegates for reflection, exchange, and revitalising our connections. Neighbourhood featured the following artists: Yasmin Gurreeboo – Act Now Theatre, Sue Giles – Polyglot Theatre / ASSITEJ International, Joshua Campton – Independent Artist/Slingsby, Sasha Zahra – Windmill Theatre Company, Fez Fa’anana – Independent Artist, Michelle Ryan – Restless Dance Theatre, Nikki Ashby – Country Arts SA.
ATF#2 – Online gathering, August 2021
The two online gatherings will sit within TNA’s core annual program, addressing our key objectives of: First Nations First; Justice and Diversity; Safe Theatres & Workplaces; Access and Inclusion; Gender Equity; Growing Arts Funding; Strong Ecology; Creatives Central and Effective Networks. The July gathering will focus on leadership development for independent creatives.
ATF#3 – Neighbourhood Darwin, August 2021
Starting with the themes from the Australia Council’s Reimagine consultation: Survival and Resilience; Centring Equity; and Public Value, Neighbourhood will challenge individual and collective action to create a new normal. This will be held during APAM’s in-person gathering at the Darwin Festival in August.
ATF#4 – Online gathering, September 2021
The September online gathering will focus on peer learning for companies.
ATF#5 – Neighbourhood Sydney, October 2021
TNA will partner with Performance Space’s Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art to host a final celebration and gathering of the sector, scaleable to allow as many delegates as possible.