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.


A new generation.

Next Wave Festival 2016 saw audiences enjoy 18 days and nights of bold and ambitious new work by the new generation in Australian art. Prioritising diverse voices — including 30% of works featuring Indigenous artists, 75% led by women, and an entire program for writers with disability — the Festival and its 37 projects reflected new ideas from strong voices shaping our future, positioning curiosity, conversation and listening at its centre.

Based in four main precincts across Melbourne’s CBD and inner-north, the Festival treated audiences to artistic, critical and physical journeys that uncovered new connections across a wide-ranging program of theatre, dance, visual art, music, parties, workshops and more.

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