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FUSE DIGITAL show the charms of a digital festival

Now in its last days, Darebin’s Multi-Arts festival, FUSE Digital, is continuing to deliver thought-provoking art at home now until 19 September.

Delivering a a program that puts the City of Darebin’s artists and community at the forefront, expect boundary-pushing Deaf artists; a selection of films addressing the Darebin Intercultural Centre’s mission to combat discrimination; an audio tour of the Preston Market; short films and documentaries that consider and praise what is unique about Darebin; new work created in acknowledgment of local resident and community activist Molly Hadfield OAM and more.

Highlights include:

The Molly Hadfield Social Justice Oration (MHSJO) is Council's annual event in acknowledgment of resident and community activist Molly Hadfield OAM and her contributions to a fairer and more inclusive society. This year Trawlwoolway artist Edwina Green has been commissioned to produce a piece of art for exhibition as part the oration, titled “A Cheek, a wink”. The piece is a part of an on-going series that investigates the relationship between disconnection, grief, loss and translating this into shapes, thoughts, and abstraction of colonial records. Wiradjuri writer, teacher and academic Jeanine Leane, has been commissioned to produce a written piece as part of the oration that focuses on social justice through creative expression, which will accompany Edwina’s artwork. This work will be a celebration of Molly Hadfield’s legacy and be part of the Darebin Council's FUSE Digital program taking place now – 19 September, available to view here.

The Combat Discrimination Film Festival features work by emerging and established filmmakers, showing now until 19 September. These short films were submitted via an open call out and with the assistance of Cinespace Inc. NGUMPIN KARTIYA directed by Ben McFayden reflects on untold stories of the Gurindji people and the Wave Hill Walk-Off, revealing a painful past and the coming together for a brighter future.

From the 18-21 September, FLOW Festival Australia: One Now will lead the future for Deaf arts, delivering a vibrant and unique festival of arts by the Australian Deaf Community. It will present Auslan through many different artistic forms, including storytelling, Deaf Slam Poetry, dance, theatre, short films screening, children’s art activities, workshops, artists talk, Deaf indigenous storytelling/art workshops, queer arts and Deafblind Arts. Register now for tickets to participate in FLOW Festival online.

The Market Record

From the 17-19 September, The Market Record (pictured) will be offering an opportunity to reflect on food, where it comes from, and what makes Preston Market so special via a guided audio tour. Far from a collection of products, it is an assemblage of experiences engrossed through the senses. Market workers will share their deeper and more intimate knowledge, embracing how food is an artform with a rich and vast history and how our local market is where friendship and flavour come together in a glorious exchange. This is a solo audio journey using a smartphone or printed instructions. It involves an audio-guided trip to Preston Market's Food Hall for the weekly shop.

Darebin Through a Lens is a series of six short films and documentaries by La Trobe University film students that consider and praise what is unique about Darebin. The films commemorate belonging and allow for creative connections between people, while discovering and investigating new ideas and secret spaces. Each film will be available to view from 18 September.

FUSE aims to soothe the hardship the arts, culture, and diverse communities have faced through the pandemic. The opportunity to deliver the festival online provides a unique space to share messages and unite a community further than the Darebin City limits.


Dates: 4 - 19 September 2021

Location: Online

FUSE Darebin Website

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