It’s all happening! The opening weekend of Next Wave Festival will have you thinking that comfortable shoes are your new best friends. Here’s the low-down on all the openings, talks, walks, workshops and performances that are kicking off across the opening weekend…
From Tue 3 May | The Voices of Joan of Arc | Northcote Town Hall | Until Sat 14 May
Joan’s story is one of resistance, speaking to the tragedy of silenced women’s voices across the ages.
From Wed 4 May | microLandscapes | Northcote Town Hall | 5 days only!
Space and time can stretch and contract… depending on where you stand.
From Wed 4 May| GROUND CONTROL | Northcote Town Hall | Until Sat 14 May
Meet Chris, a tireless young astronaut on an interstellar mission to find Earth 2.0 and save all of humanity.
From Thu 5 May | Sedih // Sunno | Arts House | Until Sun 15 May
Sedih is Bahasa Indonesia for ‘sadness’. Sunno is ‘to listen’ in Fijian Hindi. Sedih // Sunno is a gentle invitation to listen to sadness.
From Thu 5 May | Under My Skin | Arts House | 4 days only!
The Delta Project explore what we choose to hide and what can be revealed in this new dance-theatre work, presented through the lens of deaf culture.
From Thu 5 May | Mummy Dearest | Arts House
Mummy Dearest is an uncomfortably hilarious tragicomedy about families, addiction, mental illness and magpie attacks—topped off with an unforgettable bar fight, set to pokies music.
From Fri 6 May | Ecosexual Bathhouse | Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Let go of your inhibition and embrace a new sexual identity where the biosphere becomes your lover.
From Sat 7 May | Angkot Alien | A secret CBD location **SOLD OUT**
Thu 5 May
6pm | The Fraud Complex opening | West Space | Free
Curated by Johnston+Thwaites. Featuring Abdul Abdullah (NSW), Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (WA), Hany Armanious (NSW), Tully Arnot (NSW), Bindi Cole (VIC), Megan Cope (Quandamooka/VIC), Beth Dillon (NSW), Sara Morawetz (NSW/USA), Técha Noble (NSW/GER), Yoshua Okón (MEX) and Tyza Stewart (QLD)
6pm | Decolonist opening | West Space | Free
Katie West’s Decolonist lays a path towards encountering your decolonised identity.
6.30pm | Still I Rise opening | Blak Dot Gallery | Free
Through Hannah Brontë’s politically charged, fiercely feminist rap entwined with oestrogen and camouflage, the parliament of Australia shall address the people.
Fri 6 May
5pm | shadow sites opening | National Storage
Curated by Samantha McCulloch and Frances Wilkinson. Featuring Léuli Eshraghi (SAM/IRN/VIC), Catherine Evans (VIC), Grace Herbert (TAS), Sophie Neate (VIC), James Tylor (Te Arawa/Kaurna/SA), Rudi Williams (ITA/VIC) and Elmedin Žunić (BIH/NOR/VIC)
6pm | Ua numi le fau opening | Gertrude Contemporary
Curated by Léuli Eshraghi. Featuring Abdul Abdullah (NSW), Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (WA), Hany Armanious (NSW), Tully Arnot (NSW), Bindi Cole (VIC), Megan Cope (Quandamooka/VIC), Beth Dillon (NSW), Sara Morawetz (NSW/USA), Técha Noble (NSW/GER), Yoshua Okón (MEX) and Tyza Stewart (QLD)
Sat 7 May
3pm | Telltale opening | Arts Project Australia
Curated by Justin Hinder and Anna Louise Richardson. Featuring Richard Lewer & Eden Menta, Paul Hodges & Georgina Cue, Katherine Hattam & Megan Sloan, Kate Knight & Kate Just, Mark Smith & Chili Philly (VIC)
Talks, walks and workshops
Wed 4 May
7.30pm | Ua numi le fau talk | Institute for Postcolonial Studies (IPCS)
Ua numi le fau artist, Yuki Kihara delivers ‘A Study of a Samoan Savage’.
Thu 5 May
12.30pm | Ua numi le fau talk | Victorian College of the Arts | Free
Ua numi le fau artist, Yuki Kihara delivers ‘Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?’
4.30pm | Ua numi le fau talk | University of Melbourne | Free
Ua numi le fau artist, Yuki Kihara delivers ‘A Study of a Samoan Savage’
Fri 6 May
4pm | Indigenous Language Workshop | West Space **SOLD OUT**
Sat 7 May
11am | shadow sites artist talk and walking tour | Starts at National Storage Collingwood | Free – bookings required
Join the curators and participating artists of shadow sites for an informal discussion across both exhibition venues.
1pm | One Million Views walking tour | Meet at Kenny and the Sunshine Girls, North Melbourne | Free – bookings required
One Million Views artists Xanthe Dobbie and Tiyan Baker are leading a walking tour of the exhibition sites along Errol Street, North Melbourne.
2pm | The Fraud Complex artist talk | West Space | Free
What constitutes a fraud? Is authenticity an achievable or relevant ideal? And are we all just ‘faking it’ in different ways? This session runs in correlation with Kelly Fliedner’s Ships in the night.
Sunday 8 May
11am | Sisters Akousmatica performance, walking tour and broadcast | Departs from Signal | Free
Can’t make it? Listen live on 3CR 855AM or online at 3cr.org.au
Featuring eves (NZ/VIC), Angie Garrick (NSW), Kate Geck (VIC), Rosalind Hall (VIC), Shani Mohini-Holmes (VIC), radio cegeste (NZ/TAS) and Ela Stiles (NSW)
12pm | Indigenous Language Workshop | Abbotsford Convent
3.30pm | How To Go Viral: One Million Views workshop and Q&A
This 90 minute workshop teaches you how to create, maintain and monetise a successful YouTube channel.
5pm | Through love: five feminist perspectives | A living room in Melbourne | Free **SOLD OUT**
Thu 5 May
9pm | Festival Club opening | The Toff in Town | Free
The Toff in Town is your late-night destination during Next Wave Festival 2016.
Also kicking off…
Blaksland and Lawless | Across Melbourne | Free
Blaksland and Lawless turn a matriarchal lense on invasion, and the unceded and unresolved political climates and territories that we live and work in today.
From Thu 5 May | Shadows on the hill | Testing Grounds
Trying to break into one of the world’s most unaffordable property markets? Is the suburban sprawl getting you down?
From Thu 5 May | One Million Views | North Melbourne Shopfronts | Free
To be a star in 2016, all you need is an internet connection.
From Thu 5 May | Arrival of the Rajah | Abbotsford Convent | Free
This work invites the audience to consider their own relationship to the history and colonisation of the land upon which they stand.
From Thu 5 May | Separating Hydrogen From Air: A Primer | Arts House | Free
This project explores the fugitive nature of legacy and influence and attempts to address the scarcity of archival material faced by researchers of performative or ephemeral practices.