2021 ATF 'DECONSTRUCTED'

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, 4 August 2021
For ATF #2: Indie Career Pathways, we invite you to grab a coffee, listen to the journeys of established creative practitioners, ask questions, and introduce yourself. Join us at 11:00 AM–12:00 PM (AEST) on Wednesday 4 August for a one-hour online session, where you can meet two leading Australian Creatives.

ATF#3 – Online and in Darwin, 16 August 2021
Join Theatre Network Australia (TNA) and APAM for an hour of online participatory discussion: Building a Plan for Beyond Survival. As part of the Darwin Festival, TNA will be holding a Drinks Function: Tropical Night in the Garden, followed by Tracks Dance Company’s performance ‘Seasons of Skin and Bark’. Everyone welcome if you are 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 ATF gathering will be a program of online peer learning for performing arts company leadership. Over 7 sessions, groups will be guided through topics including facilitation, peer coaching, communicating value, sustainability, wellbeing, business models, and artistic practice.

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.