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Panpapanpalya 2018 - Global Joint Dance Congress

How can dance help in transforming society? This and many more questions will be the focus in Adelaide Australia at one of the world’s largest gatherings of dancers, dance educators, and artists of all ages. During a full week of 8 - 13 July, 2018 organisers from daCi (dance and the Child international) and WDA (World Dance Alliance) Global Education and Training Network as well as international dance professionals, will present Panpapanpalya 2018 – dance, gathering, generations, learning – in collaboration with host, University of South Australia and venue partner Adelaide College of the Arts.

Local organisers successfully bid to host Panpapanpalya 2018 in Australia, the second joint venture of its kind between the two global dance organisations, following on from the success of a previous joint congress in Taiwan in 2012.

The congress will be a creative contribution to international 21st century knowledge networks generating new thoughts and ideas for dance learning and teaching. Connecting with UNESCO to advocate for the rights of a child to quality dance teaching, it will bring together international dance students, educators, artists and researchers in a program of intercultural scholarly and performance gatherings. Core themes of dance, gathering, generations and learning - embodied by the Kaurna language Aboriginal word Panpapanpalya - will be explored alongside sub themes of community, sustainability, diversity and inclusion.

In announcing the website launch, the congress has opened its call for submissions to its scholarly and performance gatherings which will close in August before the full program will be announced. More information regarding submissions can be found on the website

One particular feature of this intercultural dance event is the development of Twinning projects in the lead up to 2018. Originating as a concept from daCi with its own annual conferences, Twinning enables groups to come together in partnership to share skills and knowledge in a collaborative process to create new understandings. In the past this has brought together groups from far reaches of the globe to work together virtually and in person. Schools, university students, teachers and individuals interested in Twinning and how they can request a Twinning partner can find out more information on Twinning page under the Panpapanpalya 2018 website.

Registrations for the congress are also now open via the website. Participants will include children, young people and adults, from countries all over the world from diverse backgrounds and experiences so the organisers invite all dance enthusiasts to attend.


Event starts
Saturday 8 July, 2017
Event Ends
Thursday 13 July, 2017
University of South Australia City West Campus
Venue Address

South Australia, Adelaide

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