For three decades, Next Wave Festival has shaped the Australian arts landscape through imagination, bold ideas and passion for the new. Established in 1984 to foster creativity and experimentation, Next Wave’s focus has always been on the next generation of artists in a changing world. Career development, presentation opportunity and multi-disciplinary representation have been integral since our inception.


The space between us wants to sing.

Next Wave Festival 2012 (19-27 May) themed The space between us wants to sing featured 38 new commissions involving over 600 local, national and international emerging artists and attracted nearly 250,000 people. In their first festival as co-CEOs, Artistic Director Emily Sexton and Executive Director Paul Gurney introduced new programming concepts including Day Passes which took audiences through curated whole-day journeys into the program. The hugely popular Breakfast Club, hosted by the Wheeler Centre, brought together festival artists, audiences, international curators and guest speakers to discuss everything from climate change to feminism in a uniquely intimate format. Overall, it was a festival resolute in its social and political inquiry, showcasing young artists and challenging our understanding of what art can be, and its role in contemporary society.

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