Next Wave

People in white dancewear performing under a blue light
Photograph: Supplied Apokalypsis, Next Wave 2018

Time Out says

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

Update 24/03/20: Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, Next Wave Festival 2020 will not go ahead as originally planned. Instead the festival will deliver an alternative program that responds to the crisis. This program will be led by artists and be delivered online and in an extended format.

Festival organisers are currently rethinking how Next Wave will look for 2020 and will announce the new dates and more information once available.Next Wave is committed to supporting artists during this time. 

Since 1984 Next Wave has been thrusting emerging artists from all around Australia into the spotlight. The Next Wave Festival is the only major arts festival in Melbourne that showcases only brand new works from some of Australia's most promising new artists.

The biennial festival returns to the city in May 2020 with a line-up that will amaze, inspire and shock audiences with some boundary breaking concepts. During the 17-day festival you can discover 28 brand new works that span performance art to parties. 

In 2020 the festival is uniting the idea of 'a government of artists'. The full line-up will be announced on March  12. 


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