OzAsia Festival | Adelaide Festival Centre | 20 Oct – 6 Nov 2022

OzAsia Festival 2022

The spectacular family friendly Moon Lantern Trail and Lucky Dumpling Markets are just two favourite events returning as part of the OzAsia Festival 2022. You’ll also find the best theatre, dance, music, visual arts, literature, film, food and cultural events from across Asia presented across three fabulous from October 20 – November 6.

This year’s program features more than 500 community, national and international artists from more than 8 countries, and includes 10 world premieres, one Australian premiere and seven Adelaide premieres, across 50 ticketed and free events and exhibitions.  

Find some family friendly events below:

Moon Lantern Trail – Free event

Free family favourite event, the Moon Lantern Trail, returns on the opening weekend, over four fun days! Wander around Tarntanya Wama/Pinky Flat at your own pace to discover more than a dozen giant handcrafted lanterns, including four brand-new lanterns and the popular 40-metre-long Hong Kong Dragon. Attendees will be welcomed in through the newly-commissioned Gate of Grace.  

Be welcomed through the newly designed Gate of Grace, created by renowned artist Tianli Zu, enjoy roving performances, puppetry, and live music, and join in at one of Moon Lantern Trail’s interactive workshops.

Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 October 2022

Photo credit: Xplorer-Studio

Photo credit: Xplorer-Studio

Lucky Dumpling Market – Free Entry

It wouldn’t be OzAsia Festival without Lucky Dumpling Market bringing the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of Asia’s bustling street food markets to the centre of Adelaide!

Spend your balmy spring evenings and weekend days surrounded by Adelaide’s best vendors cooking up delicious food from Korea, Vietnam, India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Turkey.

From bubble tea and baos to noodles and everyone’s favourite mouth-watering dumplings, Lucky Dumpling Market is the perfect pit-stop before or after your show.

Be entertained by free live Lucky Beats performances on the Lucky Dumpling Market Stage from Thursday to Sunday, as well as family-friendly workshops and cultural activities from local community groups, each weekend.

Brought to you by the team behind Adelaide Fringe hub Gluttony, make Lucky Dumpling Market your place to be during OzAsia Festival.

Thursday 20 – Sunday 6 November 2022

Bubble Tea Garden!

A brand-new event in 2022 is the Bubble Tea Garden! Overlooking Lucky Dumpling Market, try this beloved Taiwanese delicacy that has taken the world by storm; you may even be among the first to sample some exclusive Festival flavours…

Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 November 2022

Photo credit: Tae Won Kim


Brilliantly staged, SNAP is a mind-boggling extravaganza of illusion, mime, and comedy from an ensemble of unforgettable South Korean artists that will impress the whole family.

When three tricksters with strange and unusual abilities stumble through a mysterious door, they meet a variety of mystical characters and explore space, time, and the otherworldly. Mixing masterful sleight of hand, physical comedy, and incredible visual effects, SNAP conjures up a marvellous, magical cabaret.

Thursday 20 – Sunday 22 October 2022

The Rat Catcher of Angkor Wat – Free Event

It’s 2222. A group of futuristic overlords use robotic rats to keep citizens of earth in line. With a dying planet to keep alive, the only hope for our hapless heroes is a saviour who looks decidedly feline…

This is The Rat Catcher of Angkor Wat, a groundbreaking outdoor musical theatre and puppetry development from A Blanck Canvas and world-famous psych-rockers The Cambodian Space Project. Using unique creature design and the funkiest soundtrack you’ve heard in 200 years, this rock opera is a collaboration like no other.

With several sessions across two spectacular outdoor venues, The Rat Catcher of Angkor Wat is the perfect addition to your evening at OzAsia Festival.

Friday 28 – Sunday 30 October 2022

Tianli Zu – Free event

Chinese-Australian artist Tianli Zu presents two major installations at OzAsia Festival, featuring in both the Visual Arts program and Moon Lantern Trail.

Tianli Zu is a multi-award-winning mixed media artist who has presented works around the world in both solo and collaborative exhibitions. A two-time Archibald Prize finalist, Zu has been commissioned for exhibitions and works for Vivid Sydney, National Library of Australia, Powerhouse Museum, and Disney.

At OzAsia Festival, Tianli Zu will present Gate of Grace, a festival commission for Moon Lantern Trail, as well as A New World on Earth, a moving image work on Adelaide Festival Centre’s King William Road screens.

Chinese Music Day

Presented by the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide, Chinese Music Day is now in its seventh year. An OzAsia Festival favourite, this day of concerts – and an accompanying interactive workshop – is loved by families and music enthusiasts alike, and is a great way to celebrate Chinese culture and the Chinese community in South Australia.

Sunday 23 October 2022

Workshops & Masterclasses

Some of OzAsia Festival’s most acclaimed artists will deliver workshops and masterclasses in dance, music, and theatre across the festival for professional artists, families, and the community.

Magic with SNAP

Learn how to make things appear and disappear in this magical workshop for 8 to 10-year-olds, featuring the internationally acclaimed illusionists from South Korean show SNAP. Presented in association with Families at Adelaide Festival Centre.

Chinese Music Workshops

Chinese music scholar Dr. Tsao Tsan-Huang will introduce the history and performance techniques of Chinese instruments, comparing traditional and modern constructions. With hands-on participation, this workshop is a perfect introduction to the Chinese Music Day concerts.

You Are the Action Star workshop

As one of Australia’s leading Action Stars, Maria Tran’s workshop focuses on giving young people an opportunity to explore what it’s like to be their own action star! Ages 8 to 10 years

More workshops will be released closer to the festival, so keep an eye on the Workshop page for updates. 


things to do in Adelaide for families

For more information and all enquiries please visit the OzAsia Festival website.

What:   OzAsia Festival 

When:    20 October – 6 November 2022

Where:  Various locations in Adelaide

Who:  Age suitability varies with event and shows

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: OzAsia Festival – Artist Credit: TextaQueen, Seeding, 2022 & photos by Play & Go Adelaide OzAsia Festival 2021


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