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 will host a gathering for up to 200 delegates on the lands of the Kaurna people. Following our successful joint gathering with APAM, Neighbourhood Melbourne at Asia Topa in 2020, we plan to give space to delegates for reflection, exchange, and revitalising our connections. Registrations will be taken centrally by APAM.

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.