Reflecting on International Festivals

Jeff Khan, Kyu Choi, River Lin, Hiromi Maruoka and more

YPAM Exchange Australia Republic of Korea Taiwan Japan Lecture / Talk / Discussion


118−2 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0023

Date (UTC+9)

12.9 Fri 13:00 - 15:00
Livestreamed on Swapcard.

English and Japanese
Simultaneous interpretation


Professional: admission free

Audience: 1,000 JPY (residents in Yokohama 500 JPY with a proof of address)

Approximately three years have passed since TPAM2020 in February with almost 500 international participants from 45 countries and regions. International performing arts festivals and platforms experienced an unprecedented state of exception. What kinds of thoughts and practices emerged across the world during the period? With three newly appointed artistic directors of an Asian and Oceanian international festivals as hosts, we would like to discuss the directions of international exchange of the performing arts together with the attendees.

Jeff Khan

Jeff Khan

Creative Director of Asia TOPA, a triennial Asia Pacific contemporary performance festival based at Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia. He is a curator and writer working across performance, dance and the visual arts with a particular interest in experimental projects and interdisciplinary practices. He was formerly the Artistic Director & CEO of Performance Space, Sydney where he oversaw the development of the annual Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art. Previously, Jeff was the Artistic Director of the Next Wave Festival, Melbourne. 

Kyu Choi

Kyu Choi

Currently working as artistic director of Seoul Performing Arts Festival 2022-26 as well as creative director at Performing Arts Market in Seoul 2020-22. Kyu is a producer, festival director and researcher. He has built up expertise in theme-based creative practices. He has extensive experience in cross-cultural and interdisciplinary work and is a leading proponent of contemporary arts networks in Asia. Kyu has worked as artistic and creative director for the UK/Korea Season Festival 2017-18, Chuncheon International Mime Festival, and Ansan Street Arts Festival. He is a founder of AsiaNow productions and worked with the Asian Producers’ Platform and APP Camp 2014-21.

River Lin

River Lin

Curator of the Taipei Arts Festival by Taipei Performing Arts Center from 2023’s edition. He works as a performance artist and curator in the contexts of dance, visual art and queer culture. Since 2017, with Taipei Performimg Arts Center River has been heading the project ADAM (Asia Dsicovers Asia Meeting for Comtemporary Performance) to facilitate artists from across the Asia Pacific region and beyond in exchange and collaboration with interdisciplinary approaches and knowledge production.

Hiromi Maruoka (moderator)
Photo by Hideto Maezawa

Hiromi Maruoka (moderator)

President of PARC – Japan Center, Pacific Basin Arts Communication, Director of YPAM – Yokohama International Performing Arts Meeting (formerly TPAM) and Vice President of ON-PAM – Open Network for Performing Arts Management. Established the Post Mainstream Performing Arts Festival (PPAF) in 2003. In conjunction with TPAM, she held two IETM Asia Satellite Meetings (2008 and 2011) and Performing Arts Presenters’ Network Conference (2009) gathering Asian presenters. In 2012, she established a festival Sound Live Tokyo.