'Not Good Place' by Josh Muir, Adam Ridgeway

Melbourne will be exposed to the country’s premier biennial event dedicated to the next generation of Australian art in the Next Wave Festival 2018, from May 3 - 20.

Presenting some of the most transformative works, 31 world premiere productions will span 18 days of evocative experiences that question memories of the past and explore the turbulence of today, while examining the challenges of tomorrow.

Next Wave program, Director and CEO, Georgie Meagher says the festival is symbolic of its time. “At a moment that feels more divided than ever, this Festival captures the unsettled

mood of our times. It is full of energetic conversations and interrogations that play out in both earnest and light-hearted ways, with important moments of release from that intensity, with our keynote project Ritual, and a lot of parties.”

Looking at a range of artworks, the 2018 program brings together artists and audiences to share courageous stories that are told in way that only Next Wave Festival can. Now in its 34th year, Next Wave continues to blaze a trail across the country’s art industry, crafting unique learning programs and presentation opportunities for artists that reflect a commitment to social and cultural diversity, environmental sustainability and inclusion.

In this year’s Next Wave festival 15 projects have been developed through Kickstart Helix, Next Wave’s flagship development program. The program is a unique chance for Australian artists to obtain the money, time and space to develop ambitious projects and build a professional foundation in the arts, while also presenting brand new work. The festival features a broad cross section of identities and artistic practice operating in Australia today.

Ritual is the central pin in the 2018 program. Set to the rhythm of the sun, emerging artists and audiences are invited to pay respect to country and elders with a free event held at

a different location every day of the festival. Other key performances include: Crunch Time, Lifestyle of the Richard and Family, Bureau of Meteoranxiety and Apokalypsis. Exhibitions in the festival include: Bloodlines, Not Good Place, M/other Land, among many others.

See a full list of exhibitions and performances for Next Wave Festival here.


Dates: 3 - 20 May 2018

Location: Multiple locations – see website for full details

Times: Times vary - see website

Next Wave Festival Website

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