It’s time again for the Big West Festival which takes over Melbourne’s western suburbs with 10 days of cutting edge, multi-cultural and multi-artform works. A slew of NW alumni are participating in projects alongside an amazing FREE program, activating public spaces with works with, for and by the people of Melbourne’s inner west.
Tamara Saulwick’s PUBLIC, in collaboration with NWF alumni Martyn Coutts (2004, 2006, 2008) is a new site-specific performance work set amongst the comings and going of the Highpoint Foodcourt. Performers appear and disappear into the crowd, whilst audience equipped with wireless headphones find themselves drawn into a series of covert and unexpected encounters.
Snuff Puppets, featuring 2006 alumni Zita Whalley, are holding Snuff Party #3,, A night of artistic trickery coupled with devious shock-jock entertainment. This non-stop top puppet party will give rise to dance, drink, falling over, laugher, tears and much amusement. Don’t miss this crazy puppetry shakedown, live music and humans included.
2014 NWF artist Matthias Schack-Arnott will perform as part of Common Ground, a intersection of musical, theatrical and political ideas. Two of Australia’s new-music powerhouses, Melbourne’s Speak Percussion and Brisbane’s Topology will explore issues such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, Australiana and club culture, culminating with the two groups collaborating as a mini-orchestra.
We’re looking forward to checking out the rest of the program, like the Peoples Day Street Party, Tamsin Sharp’s public screen artwork Response Project as well as local artist Baby Guerrilla’s gigantic installation piece at the Substation, Hanging Around.
There’s so much more to explore, so take a look at the full program of events here.