Posted on 12. Apr, 2010 in Victoria

The 2010 Next Wave Festival promises to entertain, provoke, challenge and innovate when it hits Melbourne next month.

 Arts Minister Peter Batchelor launched the program for the 2010 Next Wave Festival today at Federation Square, saying the biennial festival, which celebrates and showcases the work of young and emerging artists, will this year focus on the theme No Risk Too Great.

“The Next Wave Festival was established by the Victorian Government in 1984 to celebrate the International Year of Youth in 1985,” Mr Batchelor said.

“It is now Australia’s leading festival for young artists, arts workers and young audiences.”

 Mr Batchelor said 2010 was notable for the Next Wave celebrating its 25th birthday, and the United Nations celebrating the achievements of young people by proclaiming a new International Year of Youth starting in August.

“Next Wave plays a key role in Victoria and Australia’s contemporary art scene, by presenting new art, new artists and new possibilities,” he said.

“This year’s festival theme aims to get us thinking, to challenge conventions and to encourage us to look at the world differently.”

Mr Batchelor said the 2010 program featured 53 projects and more than 300 artists from Victoria, Australia and across Asia.

“From an all-night video marathon at Federation Square, to a performance staged on the intersection of Lonsdale and Russell streets, and an all day arts-fest at the MCG, Next Wave challenges the way we see and experience art – taking it out of conventional spaces and giving us new opportunities to connect with ideas and with each other, “ Mr Batchelor said.

“Like Next Wave, the Brumby Labor Government is proud to support the growth and development of our young and emerging artists and is committed to providing opportunities for young audiences.”

Mr Batchelor said half the artists featured this year were from Victoria and four projects – Alisdair   Macindoe and Adam Synnotts’ dance work Bromance, Jacob Weiss’ public art installation The Infinity Tube, the performance work Sunset over Cardboard Mountains and the exhibition The View From Here: 19 Perspectives on Feminism – received support through Arts Victoria to create, develop and present their work.

“The Brumby Labor Government is proud to support Next Wave, our premier celebration of creativity, irreverence and new contemporary art,” Mr Batchelor said.

“With so much on offer for all tastes, I encourage Victorians and visitors alike to get involved – and get a taste of the ‘next wave’ of Australia’s creative talent.” 

Next Wave runs from 13 to 30 May. For full program details, go to: www.nextwave.org.au

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