XTRAX Global Conversations: Outdoor Arts in East Asia Resources

Earlier this month we hosted our first XTRAX Global Conversations event as part of the XTRAX / Stockton International Riverside Festival ONLINE Showcase.

This first Global Conversation event included several representatives from East Asia. Focusing on the East Asian sector, the webinar brought together speakers from several countries including South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan, who spoke about how the Street Arts sector in East Asia is responding to the crisis brought upon by COVID in their countries and thoughts on how we move forward.

Between 2020 to 2022 we wish to build on existing relationships we have developed in Asia, creating new partnerships and facilitating exchange between East Asian countries and the UK in the field of outdoor arts, street theatre and performance.


  • Jin Yim, Independent Producer, Programmer of Pohang Street Arts Festival/Gwacheon Festival, Organizing team of Korea Street Arts Association
  • Yuan-Ching Yang, Curator, Hualien Performing Public Space Festival and Vice President of Taiwan Street Arts and Culture Development Association, Taiwan
  • Alison M. Friedman, Artistic Director, Performing Arts, West Kowloon Cultural District
  • Michelle Rocha – Head of Touring, Manchester International Festival

You can re-watch the session at the bottom of the page or over on our YouTube Channel.

This session took place one year on from our Outdoor Arts in East Asia panel discussion, which took place as part of the XTRAX / Stockton Internation Riverside Festival Showcase 2019.

We will be continuing our focus on East Asian Outdoor Arts in a future XTRAX Artist Spotlight feature, coming this Autumn.

Check out this handy list of external links and recommended reading on COVID-19 response in East Asian performing arts

  • Japan

POST Corona – Setouchi Circus Factory’s vision and plans from 2020

  • Hong Kong

West Kowloon: On Empty Theatre

  • Taiwan

Rediscovering the Importance of Theater Amidst a Pandemic: Curator Tang Fu-Kuen on reimagining Taipei Arts Festival’ (See also here)

Taiwan Season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2020

  • South Korea

In own space 3’ – A collective project between Thai-Japanese-Korean artists showcasing performance from artists’ own spaces and maintaining international connections in the artist community through the pandemic

  • China

Performances resume in Beijing

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To find out more about the XTRAX Global Conversations series contact Hannah Hartley at info@xtrax.org.uk.

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XTRAX Global Conversations: East Asian Outdoor Arts (for captions, please watch the video on our YouTube Channel)