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.


New grand narrative.

Next Wave Festival 2014 (16 April – 11 May) was a rallying call for a New Grand Narrative. Spanning 28 days, the Festival began with a series of talks and parties to frame the Festival, as well as the launch of keynote initiative Blak Wave; seven new art projects, a rollicking talks series and a new publication imagining the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. The main program saw artists present contemporary art with edge all over the city; on stages and in galleries, in corridors and bathrooms, on building facades, through subways, in carparks and on the Yarra.

Climaxing with two immersive weekends of new art adventures, the Festival 2014 saw the return of the highly popular Breakfast Club series and a revamped Primo Passes offering, taking audiences on curated, roaming art tours through the Festival and the city. The brand new Next Wave Festival App allowed audiences to map their own journeys through the Festival’s free program, as well as find food, drink & activities nearby.

The Festival concluded with reflection as Next Wave, in partnership with the Australia Council and Arts Centre Melbourne, welcomed 150 IETM delegates from across the globe to discuss the future of live performance in Asia, Europe and Australia.

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