ATF in 2021 proceeded in a deconstructed, COVID responsive way. We planned five different events: three in person, and two online, across the year. However, Darwin’s gathering shifted to online, and the in-person gathering in Sydney was cancelled.

ATF#1 – Neighbourhood Adelaide, 20 May 2021
In partnership with APAM and DreamBIG Children’s Festival, we hosted 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 wanted to continue to give space to delegates for reflection, exchange, and revitalising our connections.

ATF#2 – Online gathering, 4 August 2021
For ATF #2: Indie Career Pathways, we invited indies to connect with established Australian creative practitioners. Indies had the opportunity to listen to their journeys, ask questions, and introduce themselves.

ATF#3 – Online and in Darwin, 16 August 2021
TNA and APAM hosted an hour of online participatory discussion: Building a Plan for Beyond Survival. The Drinks Function: Tropical Night in the Garden, as part of the Darwin Festival, was cancelled due to the lockdown in Darwin. 

ATF#4 – Online peer-learning, 5 October – 17 November, 2021
In partnership with the University of Queensland’s Creating Out Loud research project, the fourth instalment of ATF gathered a group of independent artists, producers and TNA members for a program of online peer learning for performing arts company leadership. Over seven sessions, groups were guided through topics including facilitation, peer coaching, communicating value, sustainability, wellbeing, business models, and artistic practice.