Turning World is led by Co-Directors Kate Ben-Tovim and Tam Nguyen.

Kate Ben-Tovim has over 20 years experience in the cultural sector and has lived and worked in Indonesia, India, PNG, China, UK and across Australia. She has consulted to every level of Australian government, and has worked with major festivals and artists across the world.

Awarded a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, a DFAT Secretary’s Citation, and Green Room Award for Curatorial Contribution, Kate is recognised as a thought leader in the areas of Asian engagement and soft power.

Tam Nguyen has over 20 years of experience in large-scale festival management, film, and the performing arts sectors in the UK, US and Australia.

Turning World works with various Associates to delivery projects in Australia and around the world.

You can find contact details for Kate and Tam on the Team page


Turning World is a boutique cultural agency connecting contemporary cultures in Australia and the Asia Pacific.

Based in Melbourne and Fremantle, Turning World offers policy, curatorial and producing services with a focus on engaging with large-scale cultural institutions, governments and major events.

We specialise in :

Curatorial services – programming expertise for festivals, major events and government clients

Producing services – producing support for arts and cultural clients with a specialty interest in intercultural collaborations

Consulting services- strategic planning and reviews, business case development, program design

Research and Policy – specialist advice connecting Australia’s creative sector with national interest priorities


ECLIPSE premieres at RISING in Naarm / Melbourne on 31 May 2024! The very first ever and final, complete, total, solar, lunar eclipse, drag-viewing party in the herstory of all time. Ushering in a future so bright we need to wear shade.

Turning World also has a range of new consulting projects in 2024 including providing advice to WA State Government, DFAT, Arts Centre Melbourne, and University of Melbourne / Asialink.

We are creating new strategic programs with partners in Jogjakarta, Vietnam and the Pacific.

Our collaborations with artists continue with old and new friends including Gaba Musik, AAO, Emma Donovan, FOJAM, Chunky Move, Willoh S. Weiland and more.

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