Next Wave 2014


Next Wave Festival 2014 (16 April – 11 May) featured 38 new arts projects exploring the theme New Grand Narrative. My second festival as Artistic Director, I was immensely proud to work with artists from across Australia, the UK, Canada, the Philippines, Korea and the Netherlands.

Next Wave’s 30th Anniversary festival unfolded as a story: we began with discussion and parties that framed the debate; we thickened the plot by opening new dance, theatre and live art works, new art exhibitions and new works in public space; we climaxed with immersive dusk-til-dawn curated journeys through the city; then as an epilogue, we gathered over 250 delegates from Asia, Europe and Australia to discuss what it all meant for contemporary life, for the first IETM Satellite Meeting held in Australia.

All artworks featured in the 2014 Festival were premiere commissions by Next Wave and local, state and international partners. Artists featured in this Festival included Carly Sheppard, New Heroes, James Welsby, Louris van de Geer and Samara Hersch, Tahjee Moar, Deborah Pearson, SJ Norman, Creative NonFiction (Jesse Cox, Que Minh and Matt Hunyh), Katie Lenanton, Pippa Milne, Henry Jock Walker, Tania El Khoury, Megan Cope, Jackson Stacy, Sipat Lawin Ensemble, David Finnigan, Sophie Kitson, Bomb Collective, Matthias Schack-Arnott, Brienna Macnish, Rosemary Willink, Phuong Ngo, Ryan Presley, Georgie Mattingley, Ghenoa Gela, Natalie Abbott, Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen, Colin Kinchela and Gavin Walters, M’ck McKeague, Nathan Stoneham and Younghee Park, Giselle Stanborough, Steaphan Paton, Esther Stewart and Oscar Perry, Andrew MCLellan, Michael Candy and Kiah Reading, Raghav Handa, Liang Luscombe and Brooke Babington, I’m Trying to Kiss You, Shian Law and Dylan Sheridan.

The Festival generated some fantastic writing and provocative conversations. My highlights include:

This review by Alison Croggon, published by ABC Arts.

This essay by Georgie Mattingley, an extract from the 2014 Next Wave Magazine that was re-published in The Age.

This article by Sonia Hardford, on two projects in the Festival that explored listening and loss: Brienna Macnish’s HOME, and Tania El Khoury’s Gardens Speak (published by The Age).

This essay by Eleanor Zeichner, on Australian feminist performance and festival artists I’m Trying to Kiss You, published in UK Magazine Exeunt (as part of Next Wave’s Text Camp program for emerging writers).

This article by Kylie Northover, also in The Age, which gives a great round up of why it was a damn fine Festival.