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06 Sep 2010

Asiatopia: Asian Performance Art Festival

Asiatopia performance art festival founded in Bangkok in 1998, by a Thai performance artist Chumpon Apisuk and his colleagues. Today the festival has become one of the most important performance platform in Asia, and in the international community of performance art.

The word ‘Asiatopia’ conveys the attempt to create a place for asia among the stream of globalization as local people try to create and present their own identities. It is the desire of locals to have both ‘Asia’s place’ and ‘a place for asia’.

In November 2008, nearly 100 world reknown artists from 32 countries took turn each weeks to celebrate 10thanniversary of ASIATOPIA international performance art festival.
Since the founding of Asiatopia a decade ago, many Thai performance artists actively engaged in the international performance art movement, and has been traveled world wide. Asiatopia, in turn has invited more than 300 international artists to perform for the Thai public audience.

Asiatopia has been organised each year since 1998, in Bangkok and/or in Chiang Mai. In 2008 and 2009, the festival took place in the recently opened Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC). This year it will take place in the Art Centre, Chiang Mai University.