Fuse Festival: Meet the Makers Picnic at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

Sat 23rd March, 2024
12:30pm – 5:30pm
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre
7 Prospect Hill Drive, Bundoora
Bring a picnic lunch and dance through the afternoon to sets from fan-favourite Melbourne DJs.

Fuse is a free, twice-yearly festival promoting the forward-thinking creativity of local Darebin artists. This autumn’s installment features iconic Melbourne DJs, visual arts, kids’ activities and homemade beer, wine, olives and other treats.

Melbourne dance music icon Jnett curated the musical line-up. Since hosting ’90s ABC music show Recovery, the DJ has been a leading figure in the scene, opening for acts such as Frankie Knuckles, Theo Parrish and Floating Points. In addition to a set from her, catch disco duo Wax’o Paradiso – who love a daytime dance bash – and the fluid grooves of Melbourne house producer Teymori. Singer Bumpy, who heads the band Squid Nebula and won New Talent of the Year Award at the 2023 National Indigenous Music Awards, will also set the mood with her neo-soul and R&B.

You’re welcome to bring your own picnic hamper or buy one on the day – just leave the glassware and booze at home, as this is a fully licensed event. The “Meet the Makers” name refers to the friendly competition going down on the day, whereby talented amateur producers will bring their homemade beer, wine, olives, passata and more to be judged by local businesses La Siréne, Jamshee, and Akimbo Bread. Bring the family too, for children’s entertainment from Victoria University, as well as stories and crafts for kids to learn about Indigenous cultures lead by Aunty Brenda Fahey of Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung.

Meet the Makers is also your last chance to see the Darebin Art Prize, an exhibition of works from dozens of artists working across all media. Displayed alongside is Logan Mucha’s A Beat to Hold Back the Dawn, an interactive exhibition that attempts to recreate the experience of Melbourne’s queer nightclubs of past and present.