Next Wave is committed to making our activities, and our website, as accessible as possible for everyone to use and enjoy. If you have any suggestions or would like any information in another format, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Telephone 03 9329 9422
National Relay Service ask for Next Wave on 03 9329 9422

Using this website

We are committed to improving the accessibility of this website. Please let us know if you have any suggestions or spot any problems. The Department of Human Services has a great guide on how to navigate websites using a keyboard, and change your font size, style and colour, depending on which browser you use.

Festivals, events and booking tickets

During our Festivals and events, we offer Companion Card tickets and work hard to provide wheelchair accessibility, Auslan interpreting, audio description, touch tours, captioning and more. Look out for access symbols alongside each event. We also provide marketing materials in alternative formats.

To book your tickets, please call (03) 9329 9422 during business hours or email and let us know about your access requirements.

Companion Card holders qualify for concession price tickets and receive a complimentary ticket for their companion. To book, please call (03) 9329 9422 during business hours or email The companion ticket must be booked at the same time as the purchased ticket.

You can easily stay informed about accessible events and Next Wave news by signing up to our Pegboard e-news, liking us on Facebook, or following us on Twitter or Instagram. See you there!


Look out for these symbols that indicate the accessibility of Next Wave’s events.

Wheelchair symbol

Wheelchair access


Tactile tour symbol

Tactile tours

Tactile tours allow patrons who are blind or have low vision to have a hands-on experience of the work. Depending on the production or installation, patrons are given access to costumes, props, and other materials in order to capture the atmosphere of the work. For performance works, the tour takes place directly before the scheduled performance time and is also an opportunity to meet the artist or performers. Patrons and companions must book in advance for all performance works.

Audio Description symbol

Audio description

Audio description enhances the live theatre or film experience for people who are blind or have low vision. Through the use of a small radio receiver and a free, easy-to-use headset, audience members can listen to a description of the visual aspects of the performance during appropriate breaks in the dialogue. Please let us know when booking if you would like to take advantage of audio description, and we will reserve a headset for you.

Auslan symbol

Auslan interpreting

For performance works, experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the speaker or performed action and translate the text and dialogue into Auslan, signing live.

Visiting our office

If you have an appointment to meet us at the Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, please dial ‘201’ on the buzzer to be let in. Our offices and meeting room on Level 2 are accessible via a lift inside the building, and there are accessible toilets on our floor.

There is limited paid on-street parking on Blackwood Street, as well as two accessible on-street car parks right near the Meat Market’s front door.

Route 55 (high floor trams only)
Stop 11, Queensberry Street/Peel Street (accessible stop, 350m from Next Wave)
Stop 12, Flemington Road/Peel Street  (250m from Next Wave)

Route 19 (some low floor trams) and Route 59 (high floor trams only)
Stop 9, Haymarket/Elizabeth Street (accessible stop, 500m from Next Wave)

Route 402 to Footscray
Stop at Dowling Place/Wreckyn Street (180m from Next Wave)

Route 402 to East Melbourne
Stop at Courtney Street/Wreckyn Street (180m from Next Wave)

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