Next Wave Festival 2012

In 2012, Next Wave Festival featured 43 new contemporary arts projects exploring the twin themes of urgency and generosity as expressed in the title The space between us wants to sing.

When I reflect on this Festival, what really strikes me is the extraordinary bravery by all at Next Wave in allowing ourselves to take so many risks, on so many new ideas, all at once. It made for a rather overwhelming Festival for those at the centre; it was a heartfelt, messy and beautiful explosion. Many of the ideas were picked up, further explored and refined for 2014’s iteration. But the lingering courage of the 2012 Festival will stay with me for a long time, as benchmark for what great people can create when they trust the work, and each other.

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