Festival News

Friday June 27

Welcome to the 2008 Next Wave Festival, that was

The hugely successful 2008 Next Wave Festival is over. It finished at the end of May, 2008.

But all is not lost: you can still browse images, artists profiles and project descriptions of 2008 NWF shows. Take your time, look around and re-live the glory that was, until the next Next Wave Festival rolls round in 2010.

(Click here to be taken back Next Wave’s organisational site.)




Friday June 20

Last chance to WIN big!

Time is running out to complete our 2008 NWF Survey. Click here to be taken to our 5-munite surevy before the end of June to be in the running to WIN a new Crumpler bag. It’s most all things you can click on so it wont take too much time (some people have done it in 2 minutes!)

Your thoughts and opinions on the 2008 Next Wave Festival will be vaulable to us, really, and will go towards making the 2010 Next Wave Festival even better.

That link again, in case you missed it, here.




Monday June 2

Well folks, that’s it.

The 2008 Next Wave Festival is over. It finished last Saturday, the 31st of May. We are yet to sit down and reflect on it all, but for now we want to say THANKYOU to the tens of thousands of you who came to our exhibitions, openings, performaces and parties. It was a massive couple of weeks.

If you saw at least one Festival project, of any type, we encourage you to do our online 5-minute survey here. Your feedback will help us make the next Festival in 2010 even better.

But for now, sign up to the Pegboard, if you haven’t already, to learn about our touring programs and Next Wave’s projects post-Festival (you can also read info here), and thanks again for all of your support.

(Click here to go to our organisational website.)




Friday May 30

Saturday 31st May: LAST DAY!

To make the most of today, the LAST DAY of the 2008 Next Wave Festival, Next Wave suggested this list of things you can do to avoid the regret of missing out:

Check out what ticketed shows are left and get along to a show (you might be lucky).

Take our walking tour of exhibitions in the NWF visual arts program.

Run Melbourne Museum with the Movement Movement.

Tonight at 9pm get along to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl to Yelling at Stars, featuring SBS’s Anton Enus.

And, after all that, party like it’s May 31 2008, at the 2008 Next Wave Festival Club, at the Mercat Cross Hotel, 456 Queen Street. (Click here for a map.)




Friday May 30

Spawn of Nightclub – Tonight at Billboard

If you missed the last Nightclub Project at the Men’s Gallery you are by now, no doubt, rueing it big time.

Never fear: you can stop your sobbing quicksmart because tonight is the SECOND and FINAL installment of the Nightclub Project – Everybody’s Free

It’s at Billboard The Venue, 170 Russell St, Melbourne. Doors open at 9pm. Entry $10 at the door.

Tonight also doubles as the 2008 Next Wave Fesival Closing Party (inexplicably one day before the real closing party tomorrow night at the 2008 NWF Club).

The massive queue of people lining up outside the last Nightclub Project, at the Men’s Gallery.




Thursday May 29

Panic Stations: Last 3 Days!

When it’s over, will you be able to say I was there! ?

Only 3 big days and nights remain in the 2008 Next Wave Festival. Many of our gallery shows are still on, but finish up this weekend (check out our Saturday walking tour here). Same with our ticketed shows : after Saturday, that’s it.

Nighttime-wise, here is our simplified guide what you CANNOT miss:

Thursday

BEATS_CLOSER at the 2008 NWF Club, at the Mercat Cross Hotel.

Friday

The Nightclub Project 2, at Billboard

Saturday

Yelling at Stars, at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, then Our Final Night Party, at the 2008 NWF Club. Free entry. All welcome. Click here for a map.




Tuesday May 27

A Ticket-buying FRENZY!

With only a few days of the Festival left NOW is the time to book your tickets.

Last week tickets for most Festival shows sold out in a snap. To avoid the eternal regret, follow the links below for some of our ticketed shows that are due to evaporate in the next few days:

Serial Blogger (Digital narrative, performance installation)

Falling for Frank (Dance)

Urgent (Theatre)

Rogues’ double bill (Dance)

Kids Can Get Lost (Theatre)

Just Filling In (Dance, visual art, music)

Holiday (Theatre)

(Tickets for both Please Hold and Swimming Home in Heels have SOLD OUT!)

Click here to go directly to the Event Shop’s NWF ticketing page.




Monday May 26

It’s the FINAL COUNTDOWN … dee dee dee de ….(etc) ...

No time for Mondayitis, there’s a Festival to get to.

NOW is the time to plan your week. Everything’s a highlight, but a big heads-up for the final Nightclub Project this Friday at Billboard, book in for Saturday’s The Movement Movement to run Melbourne Museum, and check out Urgent, Julia Torpey’s new play La Mama.

SIX DAYS LEFT, then NOTHING!




Thursday May 22

BEATS_CLOSER, at the Festival Club

Next Wave artists and friends offer up fresh DJ sets at the 2008 Next Wave Festival Club over the course of the Festival.

Artists from more than ten Festival projects will present DJ sets beginning this Friday with the Post Set, the Brown Council Set and Suitcase Royale.

Starting this Friday, 10pm until late, at the 2008 Next Wave Festival Club, Mercat Cross Hotel, 456 Queen St, Melbourne. Everyone welcome.

DOWNLOAD

Click here to download the BEATS_CLOSER flyer, listing who’s on when.




Wednesday May 21

Melbourne’s Galleries Come Alive

OUR LATEST MEDIA RELEASE:

Melbourne’s Galleries Come Alive with the Next Wave of Australian Art

From Fitzroy to Southbank, from Artist Run Initiatives to the NGV, Melbourne’s galleries are being flooded with the Next Wave of Australian Art, as the 2008 Next Wave Festival continues to treat Melburnians to the most exciting new work from over 400 young Australian artists.

The 2008 Next Wave Festival’s program of gallery based visual arts unleashes a series of astonishing worlds to explore, including: photography that blurs identities as Melbourne blends into Japan in Oscillating Landscape, Kotoe Ishii’s feminine self-portrait in Spinning, and the many shades of Aboriginality in Not Really Aboriginal; a critique of the role of artists and arts experts provided by shows such as Curandum and We Are Hidden And We Can See You, We Are Hidden And You Can See Us; to escape into an inner world where you can lay back and watch the ceiling cloudscapes at Inside Outside Inside On or the aural atmosphere created at Tracts; coffee tables that have travelled from Western Australia in Occasional Tables or a traditional Papua New Guinean meal cooked by artist Lisa Hilli’s mum in Just Like Home; an incisive display of the disparity of Melbourne’s property prices in Land Inspection Now Open; works produced in pairs that span the length of Victoria in Hockey Plot; a ceaseless display of leaked confidential material in text, form; delve into the world’s largest open cut mine at The Super Pit; climb into a handmade cinema to view Molto Morte; explore a local supermarket at Moving Document; step into the arms of a tango dancer in Open Embrace; and see the permanent collection at the NGV through someone else’s eyes in Dear Art, Please Touch Me.

With show openings taking place across Seventh Gallery, Westpace, Blindside, Gertrude’s Contemporary Art Space, the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Craft Victoria and the Meat Market, in addition to those already open at Kings ARI, TCB and the Victoria Park Gallery, Next Wave is filling Melbourne’s galleries and artist run initiatives to the brim with dazzling new works from Australia’s most exciting young artists.

More than 400 artists, including 50 artists from interstate and 5 artists from across the seas, will converge on Melbourne to grab the arts industry by the seat of its pants and thrust it into the public domain with startling public projects, unexpected performances and invigorating discourse. The Next Wave Festival Club at the Mercat Cross Hotel will be buzzing with ideas throughout the day during the Polyphonic workshops and forums, and sparkling at night as artists, audiences and passers by come together to exchange ideas, dance moves and phone numbers every night of the Festival.

The 2008 Next Wave Festival will infiltrate the city with stunning visual art, surprising performances, dynamic dance, novel new media, bold literature, innovative hybrid projects and more. Further projects will slip into bars and onto footpaths, over billboards, through laundromats, high up on rooftops, and everywhere in between.

The 2008 Next Wave Festival will explore new ideas and, for a couple of weeks in May, plunge Australian art and culture into the future, and beyond.


You can download this media release here.

For media inquiries click here.




Tuesday May 20

2008 NWF’s Indigenous Program

This Festival Next Wave is proud to present a comprehensive program of events relating to our Indigenous artists and communities. Managed by Lionel Austin, a Next Wave Associate Producer, the Indigenous Program presents three dynamic projects across many art forms and one public workshop.

Bindi Cole’s Not Really Aboriginal is a landmark exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Photography that challenges the viewer to question traditional notions of what it means to be and look Aboriginal.

Allan Clarke’s play Wrong Skin at the CUB Malthouse delves into the intricate world of Aboriginal kinship. Wrong Skin is also a love story, set in the red dirt and saltbush trees of remote NSW.

Urgent is a unique piece of theatre that has a novel about the stolen generation by four Indigenous young women at its core. Directed by Julia Torpey, one of the book’s authors, Urgent, at the Courthouse (La Mama), presents young peoples’ voices and questions the audience’s notion of reconciliation.

As part of Polyphonic, the Festival’s series of workshops and forums, Next Wave is also proud to present a workshop titled Contemporary Art, Indigenous Artists, at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, this Friday the 23rd, from 10am to 3. This workshop will explore what it takes to make contemporary art, and what it means to be an artist, and will be presented by three Indiginous artists and arts workers: Next Wave’s Lionel Austin, writer Jirra Lulla Harvey and photographer Bindi Cole.

For more info about the 2008 Next Wave Festival’s Indigenous Program href="/mailto:nextwave@nextwave.org.au">email Next Wave.

(Photograph by Bindi Cole, Untiled, 2007)




Monday May 19

The NWF in the news – a selection

The 2008 Next Wave Festival has been getting some great coverage across print and online media.

Here’s a selection from some recent postings online:

In The Age: Stripped for inspiration, Waste not, Theatre on the road as ‘cheese sticks’ get the Next Wave treatment

And at news.com.au The Telepathy Project.




Friday May 16

Off with a Bang

Last night’s Festival Opening was huge. More than a thousand people packed into the Atrium at Federation Square and hundreds rolled on to the new Festival Club, at the Mercat Cross Hotel.

Last night was also the launch of Membrane there at Fed Square, featuring 14 contemporary artworks from ARIs from around Australia.

In other news, The Age ran a great cover story in EG today by Fiona Scott-Norman. You can read the complete article here.

(Bang flag images by Membrane artist Will French: Big Bang Flag 2008, Stitched fabric. Firstdraft Gallery NSW.)




Wednesday May 14

Welcome to the first day of the rest of your Festival.

If it’s Thursday the 15th of May, 2008, it must be Next Wave Festival. That means 61 projects made up of visual art, theatre, dance, new and hybrid media and more. Across Melbourne. For 16 days. On now.

FESTIVAL SURVEY

After you see a few shows take our Festival survey here. It’ll take you no more than five minutes tops, and you’ll be in the running to win a new Crumpler bag.




Tuesday May 13

‘Art in the Family’, in The Age

The Age newspaper today ran an article on the Festival focussing on the family-related aspects to the program.

“Love ’em or hate ’em, you’re stuck with them. Family has inspired many of the artists in this year’s Next Wave Festival.”

Regional Festival artists Rodderick Sprigg and Carly Preston are featured alongside local artist Lisa Hilli.

You can read the complete article here.




Monday May 12

2008 NWF Design, Blogged

Chase & Galley’s design for the 2008 NWF is attracting a lot of interest, and has begun popping up on blogs and in the mainstream media across Australia.

Notably, Studio Pip and Co blogged this yesterday.




Sunday May 11

‘Festival charts a new frontier’, in The Age

The 2008 Next Wave Festival was the subject of a comprehensive article by Dan Rule in the A2 section of The Age on the weekend.

Drawing on many of the Festival’s projects, the article critically explored the Festival’s theme Closer Together.

You can read the complete article here.




Thursday May 8

T-minus a week!

Artists and staff running about like banshees; people calling the wrong number for tickets; newspapers calling us New Wave; sand castle artists emailing us wanting to exhibit. It must be (practically) Festival time!

After 26 months of Dancing with the Stars-esque ennui a Next Wave Festival is finally about to happen again! Brand new projects of all types, 61 no less, beginning next Thursday!

For info about our Opening Night, at Fed Square, click here.

AND

We have some Festival shows opening now:

Curandum, on now until 24 May at Victoria Park Gallery.

And,opening Friday 9 May at Kings ARI: text, form by Alec Lewis; Moving Document – Supermarket Exhibition by Kay Abude; Open Embrace by Julie Traitsis; and Simon Pericich’s Protest Celebration Sale as part of Objects in Space.




Friday May 2

Ever wanted to run Melbourne Museum?

Melbourne Museum will host The Movement Movement’s on-running project, a project which will involve a large number of the general public physically running through the Museum.

The Movement Movement project, featuring Toronto-based artist duo Jenn Goodwin and Jessica Rose, is part of Unsheltered Workshops, the 2008 Next Wave Festival’s major cultural exchange activity.

As part of this project the Movement Movement will organise a large group of the general public to participate in an actual choreographed jogging expedition through Melbourne Museum on the last day of the Festival, May 31.

REGISTER & RUN:

To register vist The Movement Movement’s website, here.

MEDIA:

Click here to download a PDF media release for this project.




Thursday May 1

Next Wave, Live on Stage

Our latest media release…

Next Wave presents a jam-packed program of exhilarating new dance, music and theatre performances at its Festival this May. Working with the Festival’s theme Closer Together-, the 2008 Next Wave Festival performances can be experienced in Melbourne’s theatres both traditional and new, including down a phone line; over the internet; in seedy hotel rooms; beneath the Tullamarine Freeway; at the Meat Market; in the Black Box at the Arts Centre; in nightclub toilets; and three light years into outer space.

The 2008 Next Wave Festival is proud to present their strongest dance program yet. Dancers are donning their leg warmers and limbering up for a spectacular season of highly anticipated new works including a rhythmically compelling double bill from Melbourne’s newest ensemble Rogue, Keith Lim’s astonishing technologically enhanced limbs in Out of Body Exp and stories from regional Victoria in the collaborative work Sweet Region.

Theatre performances will throw audience members into dozens of unexpected situations, including a speed dating session in Six Minute Soul Mate, on a mystery holiday in Holiday, into a schoolies hotel room with Swimming Home in Heels, on a family picnic in the middle of a freeway in Kids Can Get Lost, on the end of an intimate phone conversation in Please Hold, grooving to the sounds of drag king boy band 4 Eva More in The Nightclub Project, camping out in an enormous tent in the backlot of Federation Square in The Tent, and looking for life in all the wrong places at Yelling At Stars.

More than 400 artists, including 50 artists from interstate and 5 artists from across the seas, will converge on Melbourne to grab the arts industry by the seat of its pants and thrust it into the public domain with startling public projects, unexpected performances and invigorating discourse. The Next Wave Festival Club at the Mercat Cross Hotel will be buzzing with ideas throughout the day during the Polyphonic workshops and forums, and sparkling at night as artists, audiences and passers by come together to exchange ideas, dance moves and phone numbers every night of the festival.

The 2008 Next Wave Festival will infiltrate the city with stunning visual art, surprising performances, dynamic dance, novel new media, bold literature, innovative hybrid projects and more. In addition to all these spectacular works are Next Wave’s Special Projects, which bring Next Wave’s fearless multi-faceted approach to making art to some of Melbourne’s most renowned institutions. Further projects will slip into bars and onto footpaths, over billboards, through laundromats, high up on rooftops, and everywhere in between.

The 2008 Next Wave Festival will explore new ideas and, for a couple of weeks in May, plunge Australian art and culture into the future, and beyond.

You can download this media release here.




Tuesday April 29

Things That Dance – Special Offer

Things That Dance is the 2008 Next Wave Festival’s dance program made up of five different dance shows across different Festival venues around Melbourne.

And, Next Wave is delighted to introduce the Things That Dance special dicount ticket offer: five shows for the bargain price of $45 (package valued at $83). For all the details click here.

You can download a PDF of the program here.




Monday April 28

Polyphionic Focus – A Festival Keytnote

Polyphonic is a dynamic series of keynote lectures, discussion forums and skills-based workshops that respond directly to the Festival theme Closer Together, and is one of the 2008 Next Wave Festival’s Special Projects.

Polyphonic explores how artists in the Festival have responded to this theme, whilst also inviting new voices into the discussion from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, further connecting the artists’ projects with key issues in Australia today.

To download the complete Polyphonic program click here (pdf) or, for all the details online, visit the Polyphonic program page here.




Monday April 21

RealTime Previews the Festival

The 2008 Next Wave Festival is given a comprehensive preview in the latest edition of RealTime, Australia’s critical guide to international contemporary arts, here.




Friday April 18

2008 NWF Launch in the Age

Yesterday’s massively successful 2008 Next Wave Festival Launch at the Order of Melbourne was featured in an excellent article in The Age today by Daniel Ziffer, here.

Artistic Director Jeff Khan presented the 2008 Festival program yesterday to a packed roomful of keen 2008 Next Wave Festival fans, supporters, artists and media.

For all media enquiries about the Festival click here.




Tuesday April 15

Well, hello there!

Hi and welcome to the 2008 Next Wave Festival website!

Pour yourselves a cup of cocca, kick back, and browse around. This site presents the latest news and info on Australia’s leading festival for young and emerging contemporary artists.

This website has been set up (by Barking Sparrows) to do nothing else but get you familiar with the art and projects by our 400-odd artists. (In case you were wondering, the images on the first page are randomly pulled from Flickr using the search term Closer Together. Click REFRESH and watch them miraculously change!)

As you’ll discover, you can brows the 60+ events by a calendar, a map, the complete program and via search box (Yes, that’s right, a search box. No expense spared.) We also have a whole lot of other info about buying tickets, getting to the Festival and about our Festival Club.

So, put the kids/wife/husband/girl/boyfriend/pets to bed give yourselves a few good hours of footloose Festival investigating and searching, to plan your attack on the 2008 Next Wave Festival next month.

(Oh yeah – we have a printed version out there too, in all really nice cafes, galleries and Festival venues. Free of course.)