he biennial Next Wave Festival takes over Melbourne this Saturday. The nine-day event, which celebrates and promotes the work of emerging artists, will take up residency in various venues across the city until May 27. Featuring 38 projects from over 600 artists, the festival supports and challenges young artists to create risky and ambitious art.
Artists aged between 16 and 30 will present interdisciplinary work across dance, literature, visual art, new media and performance. You can attend a shotgun wedding in East Melbourne, get a manicure in Richmond and discuss the role of women in the 21st century over dinner in Footscray.
While you are able to pick and choose individual events to attend, guests are encouraged to buy day passes. “We created these day-long journeys through the festival,” explains artistic director Emily Sexton. “You start with the Breakfast Club at the Wheeler Centre and then you have a posse of people that you venture throughout the city with and visit all the different works. It’s a bit like a music festival in a sense; you might think you are coming for one act but it is actually the other – someone you have never heard of before – that really knocks your socks off.”
What separates Next Wave from other festivals is that it is invested in artists’ entire creative process – from their work’s conception to its presentation. “Our biennial cycle means that we spend about 18 months in development and then we present that work in a festival every two years,” Sexton says. “I guess we are just as much a company that produces art as we are a festival that presents it.”
Such a model is unique in Australia, while internationally it is almost unheard. “It’s quite an exciting thing to have in Melbourne,” adds Sexton. “I don’t think there is any other festival in Australia that could lay claim to that environment of risk and brand new ideas.”
With so many interesting events taking place throughout the festival, it’s hard to narrow down which ones we are most excited to attend. Here are a few that we are particularly looking forward to:
Drums Between the Bells
Exploring the realm between the physical and the spiritual, artist Tiffany Singh invites audience members to take a bell on a pilgrimage and reinstall it in their sacred place in Melbourne.
For five days during the festival, performance artist Sarah-Jane Norman will be at Melbourne City Library engraving Indigenous Australian languages onto sheep and cattle bones. On the final day of the festival, audiences are able to take a single bone with them.
Pop into Paradise Nails in Richmond and explore the culture of Vietnamese-run nail salons while listening to a fictional audio piece and having a nail treatment of your choice.
The Mission to Seafarers provides a temporary home to 60,000 seafarers who dock in Melbourne’s ports each year. Visual artists Laura Delaney and Danae Valenza have created an installation within the historic building that explores the Mission’s deep history.
Next Wave runs from Saturday May 19 to Sunday May 27. Check the website to view the entire program and purchase tickets.
Arts & Entertainment
10054Moomba’s Past and Present: 60 Years of Parade Floats/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/moombas-past-and-present-warehouse-stores-60-years-parade-floats/media/cache/3a/0c/3a0ca8a147b1992bf931b8685d4f97ad.jpg
10069A Labour Day Long Weekend: The Broadsheet Guide/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/labour-day-long-weekend-broadsheet-guide/media/cache/76/fe/76fe0960bc82e0e6feca7cce1fc65ffd.jpg
10051Making Tracks With Rick Smolan/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/making-tracks-rick-smolan/media/cache/29/ca/29cacd488190249097236727c3219d50.jpg
10045A Snapshot of Self-Publishing at the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/snapshot-self-publishing-asia-pacific-photobook-archive/media/cache/b9/a7/b9a7c314e18612845c05ba70ac0a9941.jpg
10046Merci Perci Makes Colourful Headdresses for Your Wall/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/merci-perci-makes-colourful-headdresses-your-wall/media/cache/83/f9/83f947cec2629952b5586d523c750038.jpg
10027Mikhael Paskalev: Oslo, Liverpool and all Points in Between /melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/mikhael-paskalev-oslo-liverpool-and-all-points-between/media/cache/bb/df/bbdf1d5f9fe69de1fa027c6acfa70bb2.jpg
10028Alison Bechdel – The Reluctant Troublemaker/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/alison-bechdel-reluctant-troublemaker/media/cache/9f/0b/9f0bde270021dc5c5e76d624b4b06a70.jpg
10034Five Minutes with Neko Case/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/five-minutes-neko-case/media/cache/5c/50/5c50abf58709c3799b02186c8e497702.jpg
10039Cinematic Rendezvous: The Alliance Française French Film Festival is Back/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/cinematic-rendezvous-alliance-francaise-french-film-festival-melbourne-2014/media/cache/87/d9/87d9956a6c06ee362b60012907ed2a9b.jpg
10023Off The Kerb Reopens After Collapse/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/kerb-reopens-after-collapse/media/cache/f9/a4/f9a495b91f76b40eccc5ce69577698f0.jpg
10007Trying to Be Cool with Phoenix/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/trying-be-cool-phoenix/media/cache/d0/5c/d05c3cf928cc9b601eff210833475358.jpg
10010Epic Art Crescendoes at ACCA/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/epic-art-crescendoes-acca/media/cache/5a/fe/5afea69eb863adc4dbb32c2a894a5a1f.jpg
9999The Government Inspector – The Play That Wasn’t Supposed to Happen/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/government-inspector-play-wasnt-supposed-happen/media/cache/59/b8/59b8dad8b6bb961dd843f2b22164aa24.jpg
9987Making Art in the Shower for White Night/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/making-art-shower-white-night/media/cache/27/5e/275ecb24be1fef18ca3347f766d81cda.jpg
9988Relaxed Off-Season Racing at Caulfield Racecourse/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/relaxed-season-racing-caulfield-racecourse/media/cache/1b/8b/1b8b85f0c5f46c86d0938f0a0c0bf8f0.jpg
9970When Dogs and Culture Collide in Print – Four&Sons Launch Magazine/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/when-dogs-and-culture-collide-print-foursons-launch-magazine/media/cache/ab/f0/abf0e3307163fa03ec3f8fb2a5db41d7.jpg
9971Arcadian Reverie: Taking a Garden Stroll at White Night/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/arcadian-reverie-taking-garden-stroll-white-night/media/cache/71/b3/71b395d0f1a19d21ae38b7269618e331.jpg
9972Trouble Brews at the Biennale of Sydney/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/trouble-brews-biennale-sydney/media/cache/28/d8/28d81d542b3d47e5b688a6bec597e58a.jpg
9973Telling A Guard’s Story/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/global-mail-guards-story/media/cache/03/86/0386e24d7f5136a67e8ebdb22ff22dbf.jpg
9967The Pom Pom Project/melbourne/arts-and-entertainment/article/pom-pom-project/media/cache/41/5d/415dd7866bf5e06e530b074e19898899.jpg