Hosted by the University of South Australia (UniSA), in conjunction with local, national and international partners, the world dance congress Panpapanpalya 2018 will be one of the world’s largest gatherings of dancers, dance educators, and artists of all ages. The congress is a creative contribution to international 21st century knowledge networks generating new thoughts and ideas for dance learning and teaching.
Panpapanpalya, Kaurnafor conference, focuses on the themes of dance, gathering, generations, and learning, which will be explored through the contexts of community, sustainability, diversity and inclusion. UniSA’s staff and students will engage with national and global arts industry and health professions in a leading edge week-long event.
From a traditional Welcome to Country at Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga, the program includes Indigenous dance cultures from around the world, dance in the life-healing context of the South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct, a civic reception at Adelaide Town Hall and the presentation of longer term community-based international twinning projects.
Babies, young children, school and university students, dance artists, community and cultural workers, parents and carers, as well as educators, will be involved as participants and presenters from diverse backgrounds and countries all over the world. The congress will include intercultural dance experiences across generations and new learning through presentations, social interaction and debate. Panpapanpalya 2018 will build on the 2015 Copenhagen Declaration created in consultation with the Danish National Commission for UNESCO to create an Adelaide Declaration for 2018.