News Desk | ArtsHub | Wednesday 24 February 2016

For the first time in 15 years, the International Society for the Performing Arts Congress has chosen an Australian venue.

A performance at the 2016 ISPA Congress New York; image via Facebook.

The International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) – a global network of arts leaders established in 1948 – will hold its annual international Congress in Melbourne from 30 May – 4 June 2016.

The event marks the first time in 15 years the ISPA has convened in Australia, having previously met in Sydney in 2001.

The Congress, with the theme ‘Reimagining’, is expected to attract over 400 delegates from 40 countries around the world and is being hosted by Arts Centre Melbourne.

It coincides with the annual The Light in Winter Festival at Federation Square, directed by Robyn Archer AO, and the start of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

Australians will make up approximately 50% of delegates, according to an Arts Centre Melbourne spokesperson.

Attendees represent different cultures and disciplines within the performing arts sector. Congress programming is geared toward administrators, presenters, managers, agents, artists and government/cultural leaders, and will feature a series of provocations through performance and keynotes that interrogate contemporary performance culture.

To encourage greater participation by local arts professionals, discounted registrations are available for delegates from the Asia Pacific regions.

Additionally, the Anthony Field Academy, which takes place during the first two days of the Congress, is designed to cater to the needs of emerging leaders in the local arts community.

The ISPA holds two Congresses each year, one in the USA and a second in a select international location.

The 2015 ISPA Congress in Malmö/Copenhagen attracted over 400 delegates from 39 countries and 147 cities, while the 2016 ISPA Congress in New York in January was attended by 535 delegates from 55 countries and 190 cities.

Early bird Congress registrations, offering a 15% discount before 1 April, are now open: visit for details.

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