Next Wave Festival 2014 (16 April – 11 May) featured 38 new arts projects exploring the theme New Grand Narrative. My second festival as Artistic Director, I was immensely proud to work with artists from across Australia, the UK, Canada, the Philippines, Korea and the Netherlands.
Next Wave’s 30th Anniversary festival unfolded as a story: we began with discussion and parties that framed the debate; we thickened the plot by opening new dance, theatre and live art works, new art exhibitions and new works in public space; we climaxed with immersive dusk-til-dawn curated journeys through the city; then as an epilogue, we gathered over 250 delegates from Asia, Europe and Australia to discuss what it all meant for contemporary life.
The Festival generated some fantastic writing and provocative conversations. My personal highlights include:
This review by Alison Croggon, published by ABC Arts.
This essay by Georgie Mattingley, an extract from the 2014 Next Wave Magazine that was re-published in The Age.
This article by Sonia Hardford, on two projects in the Festival that explored listening and loss: Brienna Macnish’s HOME, and Tania El Khoury’s Gardens Speak (published by The Age).
This essay by Eleanor Zeichner, on Australian feminist performance and festival artists I’m Trying to Kiss You, published in UK Magazine Exeunt (as part of Next Wave’s Text Camp program for emerging writers).
This article by Kylie Northover, also in The Age, which gives a great round up of why it was a damn fine Festival!