Next Wave

Estrogenesis Next Wave 2018 photograph: Myles Pedlar
Estrogenesis, Photograph: Myles Pedlar

Melbourne's most adventurous arts festival returns with a line-up of cutting-edge boundary smashers

From an electro throw down at the Tote to an Edgar Allan Poe-inspired gothic art exhibition, the biennial Next Wave festival is a launching pad for some of our most exciting experimental artists.

Founded by Andrew Bleby in that most Orwellian of years 1984, current festival director Georgie Meagher says there’s something of a dystopian feel to 2018’s line-up.

The 17-day celebration of creative risk opens with a massive dance party at the festival hub, the Brunswick Mechanics Institute, then radiates out around the northern suburbs, as well as heading west and south. These new voices in the Australian art scene include an Afro-futuristic storytelling session at Arts House and a visual history of the country’s mosques at the Substation.

Read our full interview with Georgie Meagher and our five essential Next Wave events.

By: Stephen A Russell


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