WAKE UP: At The Request of Carl Sagan

Applespiel believe that Next Wave should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the festival is out, of sending someone to the stars and returning them safely to the earth. No single space project in this festival will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space-based theatre, and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.

Take a journey into the known and unknown.


WAKE UP: Th¿nk³

Are you thinking? Have you ever really thought? We think. At Th¿nk³ we have reinvented thought for the 21st century human. Come join master thinkers Charlie and Tully as they think about thought. At Th¿nk³ we have your think efficiency covered. Th¿nk³ is a space for you to think and a service for you to materialize your thoughts. Inventions while-u-wait

At Th¿nk³ we think… cubed


WAKE UP: The School of Global Art: Down Under!

The School of Global Art extends its global outreach to sign up new class of international students, setting up our first Global Outreach campus in Melbourne, Australia.

Expanding this year’s topics to include close reading of teenage Tumblr Asks, discussion of the discussion of the ‘Arab Spring’ and history of painting up to CS5. This term also includes practical modules in Meditation for Artistic Inspiration and Art by Telephone/Google+ Hangouts. SGA:DU brings together artists, writers and academics from London, Berlin, LA, Tehran and Hong Kong with local Melbournite experts for a nine-day intensive programme.

How does the world look upside down? Join us to find out!


WAKE UP: Way Out


Over the course of eight succinct dance parties, Way Out examines contemporary modes of divine experience. Is the epiphanic ecstasy of dancing all night lesser than attending a church service at 9am on a Sunday morning? Can we achieve the same level of catharsis through mindlessly partying as we can emotionally purging to a ‘higher power’? Is the DJ the new deity?

Let your hair down, cry your eyes out, sweat your prayers and get down to get up in the wildest open-air nightclub ever to be conducted indoors!!

DJ Program

Saturday 19 May
DJ Try Again
Theme: New Beginnings

Sunday 20 May
DJ Love Fool
Theme: Romance/Lust

Monday 21 May
DJ No Way Back
Theme: House/Clubbin’

Tuesday 22 May
Theme: Emotional purge

Wednesday 23 May
DJ Dads with Earrings
Theme: OZ Culture

Thursday 24 May
DJ Death and the Maiden
Theme: Death/Rebirth

Friday 25 May
DJ Outta Here
Theme: Leaving/Holiday

Saturday 26 May
DJ Whoomp! dere it is!
Theme: Various

Opening Night House Party Next Wave Festival 2012

Opening Night House Party

Next Wave Festival 2012 won’t be opened with polite ribbon-cutting and lukewarm sem-sauv. Instead, artists and punters are invited to THE SUPER-DEF, THROW-DOWN JIZZAM OF THE YEAR, filling every nook and cranny of Footscray Community Arts Centre with house party charm.

Packed out with performances, installations and party games. Get there early for this and more…

Karaoke with the Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere Ambassadors


MONSTER BODY sneak peek

Rockin out with Yeo Choong (Wheyface) and gooving to DJ sets

Creo Nova sound and light spectacle

Food Trucks, Pop-up bars, marshmallow toasting by the fire and more

Check out our Opening Night Party microsite and get your groove on

The Exchange Next Wave Festival 2012

The Exchange Program 1

Cinquanta Urlanti Quaranta Ruggenti Sessanta Stridenti (Dewey Dell)

Cinquanta Urlanti Quaranta Ruggenti Sessanta Stridenti springs from a reflection on the ship and its inhabitants. An obscure jumble becomes the general breath: the sound of a world where the man, the wind, the ship and the sea, inextricably combined together, form the only conceivable protagonist.

V (Justin Shoulder)

Calling to life a demon for today, the creature V is manifest. In a ceremony of the senses, the theatre will become an altar for V to revel in the beauty and horror of contemporary idolatry and its fifteen minutes of fame.

Shotgun Wedding Next Wave Festival 2012

Shotgun Wedding

We’re having a wedding. We need you there.

We’ve never had one before but we’ve seen it done a few times and we reckon we can wing it. We’ve got a man and a woman, we’ve got an extravagant dress, we’ve got a thousand mini-quiches and five sugared almonds in a little white bag. We’re going to take all these ingredients and make magic.

You, me, us – together.

Join us as we lodge another brick in the foundations of our nation’s future, and carry on the inexorable progress of civilisation.

We want to know what love is. We want you to show us.