IFAC’s partnership with Opera Australia has achieved great successes in promoting the Arts and specifically opera, as an accessible medium for all.
In 2012, Opera Australia, Dr Haruhisa Handa and Destination NSW, came together to create one of the world’s greatest cultural events; the internationally renowned Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.
In the 8 years since its inauguration, 330,000 people have attended the truly unique outdoor setting in person and an additional 470,000 have watched the performances on screens across the globe.
Through the innovative delivery of Handa Opera thousands of newcomers are experiencing opera for the first time.
IFAC HANDA AUSTRALIAN SINGING COMPETITION
IFAC is proud to have supported the Australian Singing Competition since 1998.
The IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition is recognised as one of the longest running events of its kind and also one of the richest in terms of financial and career opportunities available to opera and classical singers in Australasia.
Thousands of young singers from Australia and New Zealand have participated in the competition and have had the benefit of being interviewed and heard by eminent professionals from the Australian and international singing and music fraternity.
The competition is now well into its third decade discovering, rewarding and providing career opportunities to emerging Australasian opera and classical singers under the age of 26.
INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ARTS FESTIVAL
The International High School Arts Festival in Japan is an opportunity for senior high school students to showcase their outstanding creative talent on a global platform. 2019 celebrated the 20th edition of the festival.
Senior high school students from across the globe will submit approximately 14,000 pieces of art, from which 500 pieces will be selected to be exhibited at Japan’s prestigious National Art Centre.
The chosen artworks will express the cultural circumstances of their countries of origin. The students’ fresh and original perspective, and the variety of messages showcased, means the collection promises to draw a large audience and act as a valuable opportunity for cultural exchange.
In addition, one high school student from each country who has submitted a winning artwork will be invited to Japan to participate in the festival and the awards ceremony, and engage in a cultural exchange with young artists from other countries.