Proposals Open for Panpapanpalya 2018


The WDA Global Education Network is partnering with daCi and the University of South Australia to host a global Dance Education Summit in Adelaide, Australia, 8-13 July 2018: Panpapanpalya 2018

Panpapanpalya 2018 will be one of the world’s largest
gatherings of dancers, dance educators, and artists of all ages,
generating new thoughts and ideas for dance learning and
teaching in the 21st century. The congress is centered on four
interwoven themes: dance, gathering, generations, learning,
summarised by the Aboriginal Kaurna word Panpapanpalya,
honouring Australia’s rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
dance practices, as well as indigenous dance cultures from around
the world.

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
coming from all over the world.

  • Performance program — for Children/young people, Tertiary/University students, and Adults/intergenerational. Closing date: 16 October 2017.
  • Scholarly Gatherings — can be, but not limited to, papers, panel discussions, project dialogues, dance research workshops, lecture demonstrations, workshops, posters/installations, and Pecha Kucha. Closing date: 9 October 2017.
  • Twinning Projects — collaborations across the world. Closing date: 1 September 2017.

Registrations for the conference are also open. Early Bird rates close 1 February 2018.

Hosted by the University of South Australia.

WAAE New Project: Global Arts Learning Action

Established by 3 Europe-based educators, the mission of Global Arts Learning Action is to encourage and enable lower-income countries to place arts learning at the heart of their education systems, and mobilise the world’s educators, artists and cultural organisations to support these endeavours.

If you are an arts educator, you can support the project by sharing your knowledge and experience. We would be excited to hear from you, if you:

  • can suggest examples of promising practices and strategies that we should learn from
  • would like to participate in our workshop and policy seminar in September
  • can connect us to countries who could be interested in working with us
  • can help us to share our thinking with to key audiences

Email responses to, ideally by Friday 4 August. For more info, contact Joe Hallgarten, Co-founder of Global Arts Learning Action (Senior Associate, Innovation Unit): or 0044 7769702708.

More info:

Download the brief on WAAE Global Arts Learning Action.
Download the concept note on Global Arts Learning Action July 2017.

WAAE is a partner organisation of World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific.