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2nd joint congress of
daCi (dance and the Child international) and
WDA (World Dance Alliance)
Global Education and Training Network

Adelaide Australia 8 – 13 July 2018

Video: Wagana Aboriginal Youth Dancers and Steps Youth Dance Company performing together for the handover to Australia, at the 2015 daCi closing event in Denmark.
Video provided by Philip Channells

Panpapanpalya 2018 took place at the University of South Australia’s City West campus and at Adelaide College of the Arts, both within short walking distance.

Map of Adelaide CBD


Panpapanpalya 2018 was 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.

Panpapanpalya 2018 was centered on four interwoven themes: dance, gathering, generations, learning.

These themes, summarised by the Aboriginal Kaurna word Panpapanpalya, honour Australia’s rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance practices, as well as indigenous dance cultures from around the world.

Over 900 babies, young children, school and university students, dance artists, community and cultural workers, parents and carers, as well as educators, were involved as participants and presenters coming from diverse backgrounds and countries all over the world.

The congress included intercultural dance experiences across generations and new learning through presentations, social interaction and debate.


Hosted by the University of South Australia