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Friday 13 May

Geoffrey Watson, 'Camel'. Photo: Sarah Walker.

It's with mixed emotions that we write today. It's been a week of highs – the openings of Camel, The Horse, PASSING, A-97, Far From Here, Something Less, Algorithmic Misfits and Relating To the Immediate Surroundings of Something; or, This is What I'm Talking About – as well as bitter lows, as we learnt about the shocking and disappointing decision of the Australia Council to discontinue Next Wave’s organisational funding. 

While this is a significant blow, we remain determined to move forward and continue our important work – and we stand in solidarity with our colleagues in this very difficult time for the arts across Australia.
The best thing you can do right now is show support to the next generation of artists. We have 37 projects providing that voice right here, right now, and there are two things you can do to support them. One is to get out there and see projects, buy tickets and engage in conversations this weekend. The other is to make a tax deductible donation to Next Wave, which you can do here.
There are still ten days of this incredible Festival to go. I look forward to seeing you out there!

Georgie Meagher
Artistic Director

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Your last chance to catch...

Janie Gibson's powerful The Voices of Joan of Arc ends Saturday, while Daniel Jenatsch's time-bending A-97 and Geoffrey Watson's wild Camel closes on Sunday. Be sure to grab your tickets to avoid missing out!

And currently showing...

Don't forget to snap up your seats for Amrita Hepi & Jahra Wasasala's moving PASSING, Ben Landau's revealing Algorithmic Misfits, Dylan Sheridan's dreamlike The Horse and Annaliese Constable's hilarious Mummy Dearest, which all continue through the weekend and into the final week of the Festival.

Weekend artist talks and events

This weekend, catch the following one-off talks and performances: 
• Claire Robertson on her project Far From Here, at the Meat Market. Sun 15 May, 4pm. 
• Hannah Brontë on her project, Still I Rise at Blak Dot Gallery, Sat 14 May 2pm. 
• A performance by Eva Heiky Olga Abbinga for Arrival of the Rajah at the Abbotsford Convent. Sat 14 May, 12pm. 

FEMPRE$$ party this Sunday!

Get ready to sweat with some of Australia’s hottest Indigenous fem-cees and DJs, including SOVTRAX, Busty Beatz (Hot Brown Honey) and Brisbane’s queen of twerk, SEZZO, or flex your own skills during the open mic session (open to all female MCs). Curated by Hannah Brontë as a live party performance accompaniment to her Next Wave Festival 2016 exhibition, Still I Rise. Book tickets.

Relating to the Immediate Surroundings of Something; or, This is What I’m Talking About

Ethereal sounds are currently haunting the Northcote Uniting Church courtsey of Megan Alice Clune's innovative exploration of sound and composition. Sounds by Andras Fox will fill the space this Sat 14 May from 12pm-5pm, followed by a free live performance by Lucy Cliche from 6pm! Relating to... continues next week from Thu-Sat. View full line-up and read more.

In North Melbourne this weekend?

There's plenty to see and do if you're seeing a show at Arts House this weekend! Take a stroll around Errol Street to enjoy One Million Views' video portraits; drop into the Meat Market for the Far From Here and Something Less exhibitions; and kick back in Eleanor Zeichner's Separating Hydrogen From Air reading room in the Arts House foyer, where you can learn about different influences and recommendations from Next Wave Festival 2016 artists. 

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Worm Hole: Angela Goh's Top 10 Research Worms

During the development of Desert Body Creep, Angela Goh spent a lot of time online getting up close with creepy crawlies. This article features ten of her favourites. Read more.

Next Wave Festival 2016 media highlights

• A mammoth review of the opening weekend of Next Wave Festival in RealTime
• Ben Landau and Benjamin Forster (Editionless Editions) talk about online experiences in The Age
Broadly picks up on Pony Express' Ecosexual Bathhouse
The Age looks ahead to Nat Randall's The Second Woman

Maurial Spearim, Blaaq Catt
Separating Hydrogen From Air, Eleanor Zeichner

National Volunteer Week

It's National Volunteer Week, and we're shouting out to all the excellent Next Wave Festival 2016 vollies! They're a vital part of this Festival and we couldn't do it without them. If you see a volunteer around (in a striped Vege Threads tee!), be sure to give them a hi and a high five as they're dedicating their time to making sure you all have a great Festival.

Win tickets to The Horse!

Dylan Sheridan's dark and dreamlike concerto for strings, saxophone and automated instruments is a feast for new music buffs and backyard tinkerers alike. For your chance to win a double pass to the Sun 15 May, 8:15pm performance at Arts House, email with the subject line "Horsin' around". 

Highlights from openings and events

We have a small army of photographers out and about at Next Wave events, capturing all the fun and excitement. Check out the

highlights and see if you make an appearance in the albums below.
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