FUSE celebrates diverse and local artists in Spring festival

Source: City of Darebin Arts

Darebin Council will be hosting the Spring 2021 program for FUSE from 4 –19 September 2021.

Darebin’s multi-arts festival, FUSE, is held in Autumn and Spring each year, designed to support local artists, engage audiences, celebrate First Nations peoples and bring diversity to the forefront through ground-breaking live performances, activities and art. The ongoing effects of the pandemic has seen people support their suburbs in times of need, which is an ethos reinforced by FUSE as it celebrates local communities and culture.

Kicking off 4 September with the opening event, Ganbu Gulin, audiences will be greeted with a Welcome to Country and First Nations celebration held on the sacred lands of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung. Ganbu Gulin: One Mob is a culturally-inclusive event that celebrates and recognises First Nations peoples, and invites all residents, old and new, to be officially welcomed, and contribute to the #changethedate conversations.

The dynamic First Nations program, co-designed by the Darebin Aboriginal Advisory Committee and Traditional Owners, will be hosted by local comedian Shiralee Hood and feature a cultural program featuring dance, music, circus, film and visual arts.

The opening event will be followed by the FUSE FUND events, which feature a range of events produced by FUSE, where emerging and raw local talents have been commissioned to create new work and performances for the festival, taking place from 7 September.

Highlights include:

The Market Record, a walking, talking, and tasty tour of the Preston Market. Find out what makes this place so special by meeting locals on both sides of the counter and stimulate the senses along the way, highlighting the value of community in a time of rapid development.

Pirritu, who will also be part of the Ganbu Gulin event. Photo by Giulia Giannini McGauran.

Taking place on 12 September is We Are Song, We Are Dreaming, We Are Country. The Northcote Social Club and Still Here present a free live music showcase featuring local and emerging First Nations artists. Celebrating the talent and ingenuity of First Peoples art, culture and music, the event features the most fiercely talented First Nations artists in Northcote’s historic venue. Creative Director Neil Morris (DRMNGNOW) has put together a compelling blend of music performance, story and conversation, evoking further reflection about the position First Peoples, Song, and Story have in the present. Expect a breathtaking line-up of artists and wordsmiths including BUMPY, Lady Lash, song-keepers Djirri Djirri, rising star Lillie Walker, Yorta Yorta hip-hop artist Brickie B, Butchalla Songman, Fred Leone and more.

On 19 September, FUSE and Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) will present the closing event Out of the Park Picnic at Edwardes Lake Park, a celebration of Darebin’s diversity and biggest wrap party yet. Officiated by Darebin’s Mayor Cr. Lina Messina and commemorating 100 years of Edwardes Lake Park, Out of The Park Picnic is an afternoon of splendid performance in Reservoir’s most famous park and the best way to close FUSE Darebin’s Spring 2021 season.

Headlined by Australia’s soul queen Kylie Auldist and featuring live performances by Punjabi-pop artist Parvyn, Afro Beat and Dancehall by Reservoir's own Kwame Tosuma and Tina De Melo, drumming displays by way of Ghana, Lebanon and Brazil and so much more, Out of the Park Picnic showcases talent from the many cultures that make Darebin home.

Enjoy traditional children’s storytelling through movement, a DJ, space for picnics, Auslan interpretation and a warm welcome back to country with the Wurundjeri Traditional Owners. The picnic is a safe and inclusive place for families and friends.

FUSE Spring will also welcome back the Darebin Songwriters Award, an annual songwriting competition that seeks to recognise, showcase and promote the talents of local songwriters. The grand final event will feature guest performances including a performance by 2020 award winner, Paige Black, 2021 Winners awarded and a night of fantastic music by some of Darebin’s best emerging and established talent.

The call out is now open to songwriters who live, work or study in Darebin. Entries close Thursday 19 August. For more info and to enter, head to their website here about entries for the Darebin songwriter's award!

See the full list of events and activities on offer for FUSE this September!


Dates: 4 - 19 September 2021

Location: Multiple venues (See website for full details)

FUSE Darebin Website