Welcome to Liveworks 2019! This year, our annual celebration of experimental art converges around two central themes: our program of Feminist Sound features women and non-binary artists who champion the intersection of sound art, experimental music and performance. Elsewhere, an array of Culture Disruptors challenge the stories we tell ourselves about who we are, questioning the foundation and future of our cultural identities. As always, Performance Space is humbled to provide a platform for some of the most brave, bold and visionary artists from across the Asia Pacific. We welcome visitors to the festival from near and far and encourage you to dive into the program and make the most of this extraordinary moment in time. Artists have a remarkable capacity to imagine new worlds and open up new possibilities for how we live. In 2019 this work is needed more than ever: join us for eleven astonishing days of experimentation, possibility and togetherness.

Jeff Khan



On behalf of the Performance Space Board, I extend a very warm welcome to Liveworks 2019. Each year, Liveworks grows in ambition and brings together a wide network of artists, audiences and organisations from across Australia and the Asia Pacific. This year our program expands yet again with Sonic Nightcap, a new late-night music program, and a series of new commissions and premieres that collectively point to the future of contemporary arts practice. Many of these works are commissioned in partnership with national and international colleague organisations, and go on to have long touring lives in Australia and beyond. Our work would not be possible without our visionary partners—from government funders to private donors, trusts and foundations and corporate partners—we thank them for their investment and belief in our work. Finally, a warm thanks to you, our audience, for completing this work by being part of it. See you at the festival!

Jonathan Casson