See you in 2014!

We wrapped up Next Wave Festival 2012 with a pop up food and art extravaganza at the iconic Queen Victoria Market last night. We danced, we ate, we drank potions, grazed on edible installations and enjoyed the last bite of the festival together, with our friends and community. THANK YOU for making this real.

Next Wave Opening House Party


Whew what a time! Here are some of our favourite moments from Next Wave Festival 2012. Thank YOU for making it magical!


Not sure which Day Pass is for you?


We’re here to help! We’ll be profiling day passes in the lead up to the festival to help you find your match.

Day Pass 2 on Sunday 20 May is all hit, no quit. Begin your Sunday with coffee and ideas about the role of artists at Breakfast Club, with special guest Cat Jones. Then venture down to Mission to Seafarers, one of Docklands oldest and most discreet landmarks, where Hull  artists have created a series of installations responding to time and place. From the Mission you’ll mosey on down to the ‘docks’ where empty industrial apartments are juxtaposed by Joseph L Griffiths’ organically crafted Shelters and then it’s off to the other side of the real docks at Footscray Community Arts Centre for PHYSICAL FRACTALS, a thrilling new dance work by Natalie Abbott. From Footscray you’ll ride the rails to North Melbourne Town Hall to see the rich, other-worldly Wintering, inspired by choreographer Aimee Smith’s travels to the Arctic. It all wraps up at Wake up and wait for the sun to rise, Next Wave’s art club at West Space – a daily meeting place for performance, parties and conversation. Plus, a unique treat: your Ringleader for Day Pass 2 is the incomparable Beau McCafferty, former Independent Arts Manager of Melbourne Fringe. At $45 full/$35 concession, we reckon that’s a pretty sweet deal.


Emerging art and fashion worlds collide


Well Autumn has (finally) arrived in Melbourne and independent designers Kerry Findlow and Nyssa Narrow are here to help festival-goers, including our own Emily Sexton, dress in style this season. The young LMFF 2012 National Designer Award Finalists, Kerry and Nyssa established their label above just over 2 years ago and have since been kicking some serious goals in the fashion world. With a focus on re-imagining classic shapes and wardrobe pieces, above aims to create well-made, wearable fashion that seamlessly integrates with the personal style of the wearer. Pieces that can be dressed up or down and worn again and again.

Kerry and Nyssa will be showcasing their collection at Next Wave Festival 2012, dressing Artistic Director Emily Sexton with old and new pieces (such as the lovely launch frock and necklace pictured right) for the 9 days of the festival. Emily says, “Working with Kerry and Nyssa is such a treat, and also the perfect match for Next Wave: at the emerging stage of their careers they are super intelligent, rigorous in their approach to ideas, and are beautifully experimental while still being down to earth. I’m pretty stoked, to be honest!”

To learn more about above click here


Crowdfunding for the finish line

Many of the projects in Next Wave Festival 2012 still need your support to get their fundraising goals over the line and make their grandest artistic dreams a reality.

This is your chance to really get behind the artists who inspire you and the most anticipated events in Next Wave Festival 2012. Help make these projects great by pledging a donation. Aside from the feel-good buzz, special once-in-a-lifetime rewards are up for grabs to supporters. Many projects like have only days to reach their funding goal. Help make it Pozible!



The Warmth of the Curve

Shotgun Wedding

Impossible Plays


In the pursuit of repetition (fame and squalor)



Let’s Party


We launched our program at Dear Patti Smith last night marking the first of many soiree-style gatherings in Next Wave Festival 2012. In 2012 we are interested in why people gather and what they’ll do to stay. Opening Night features our Festival artists running a massive house party at Footscray Community Arts Centre and in our keynote project WAKE UP you can expect parties, protests and everything in between by artists including UK’s LuckyPDF.  If wedding crashing is your style, dress up, break open the bubbly and watch two strangers tie the knot in Shotgun Wedding, then trot over to the iconic Queen Victoria Market where we’ll celebrate the intersections of contemporary art and food in our closing night party.

So to help you navigate your own Next Wave  party crawl, we’ve put dinners, ceremonies, broadcasts, celebrations and other large scale festivities all in one place.


The Stream The Boat The Shore The Bridge Next Wave Festival 2012

The Stream / The Boat / The Shore / The Bridge

In a world where we all want something, but don’t always know how to get it you’ll have the chance to see the world from four perspectives - The Stream / The Boat / The Shore / The Bridge - and add your thoughts, your voice and your hands to the action. Sometimes connected, sometimes divided, you’ll have some questions to answer and decisions to make.

Water flows through the city. Where did it come from? Where will it go? Will you go with the flow?