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Festival dates: 16 April - 11 May 2014

Deep Soulful Sweats : PEAKS OF PHANTASM



Dave here!

Everyone must be getting pretty darn sick of the excitability coming out of our faces, facebooks, insta-whats and pegboards, but the reality is that we just can’t help it… IT IS HERE.

New Grand Narratives are being written every day - in the Next Wave office, around Melbourne, around the country and even the world! Our artists and their teams are in the final stages of preparation to present their ambitious projects - most launching between 30 April and the 2 May.

So instead of playing cool (which I am ridiculously hopeless at doing anyway), I’ve decided to roll with the giddy-schoolgirl-excitement that is busting out the walls of NW HQ. And what better way to start then with tonight’s DEEP SOULFUL SWEATS : PEAKS OF PHANTASM at Northcote Town Hall (starts at 7PM). This morning Emily Sexton (my boss), provided me with my costume for the evening (a pair of hyper-coloured stretchy pants ) so if that doesn’t entice you to come, I don’t know what will.  

Featured artist in the Pegboard this week is Georgie Mattingley, who has been busy erecting her portraits around the city for We ♥ Abattoir – a brilliant collection of glamour-style portraits and video works featuring a selection of Melbourne’s abattoir workers. The best way to navigate Georgie’s work, and indeed the ENTIRE NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL, is to download the Next Wave App - a piece of art unto itself.

Georgie will be joined by Next Wave artist Phuong Ngo for Rebellion and Tomorrow part of our Free Talks program at the Wheeler Centre, next Tuesday 29 April. Tickets are almost sold out so jump on that one!

In the meantime, we have a butt-load of work to do to make this all happen! Check it all out on our groovy instagram feed, and add your own snaps with #nwf14

Can’t wait to see all y’all faces at the shows.

Dave Sleswick
Associate Producer


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The Next Wave Festival 2014
16 April - 11 May


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