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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S to all of you, for creating the best arts festival I have ever attended. I absolutely loved this year's Next Wave Festival, and from the huge attendances, passionate responses and late night/early morning good times we shared; I have a feeling you did too.
Some heartfelt thank yous;

Thank you to our audience for your curiosity and generosity towards a new generation of artists, and your commitment to the place of culture in creating a better existence for us all.

Thank you to our artists for working so hard, with such bravery and conviction, to create magical experiences and bold new ideas. For your unwavering courage. I am so proud of every one of you!!

Thank you to the Next Wave team, the most cheerful, ego-less, confident and smart people I have ever had the pleasure of working alongside. Every day you made another miracle happen.

Thank you to our volunteers, who consistently went above and beyond the call and always did so with a smile - you are the glue that holds us together and we couldn't do it without you!

Thank you to our amazing partners and supporters, whose demonstrated commitment to contemporary ideas makes a difference to so many lives.

Thank you to the NW Board for their ongoing and passionate support, good smarts and great imaginations.

Thank you Paul Gurney for being the best Executive Director and co-pilot ever, you are a BRILLIANT and amazingly talented dude. Even if you do support the West Coast Eagles.s:

Woo! It was a powerful and unique Festival, and I feel very proud. Thanks for your work, everybody.

Give us some feedback and win a two night at the luxe Art Series Hotels, fill out our survey here.

For a sexy overview of your Instagram pictures and Tweets, take a look at this lovely website from our talented web developers at Fine Thought. To wallow in pride like a happy little piggy there is a gorgeous gallery of photos from the Festival right here.

And, if the idea that it's all over for 2 years is just too much to bear... we have something for you too: see below for details on the Next Wave exhibitions still open over the coming weeks.

Til soon!

Em x

Emily Sexton
Artistic Director


Next Wave News

Festival Snaps

Over the course of the Festival, we've had our photographers running around from Newport to Northcote, snapping up pix of our amazing artists, punters, participators and passers-by. Follow the New Grand Narrative  in our neat little Festival Gallery and relive the magic.

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It's not too late to get your NWF Mag or Blak Wave Publication

There are still copies of our excellent publications Blak Wave and the NWF Magazine available for purchase from various stockists as well as on our website. Co-curated by Tahjee Moar, Blak Wave explores the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, while the Festival Mag provides a beautiful reflection on the Festival past.

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Win a 2 night stay at Art Series

So many fantastic conversations have been borne over the course of the Festival, and we want to keep having them with you. Please take a moment to complete our super-easy Next Wave Festival Survey and you could win two nights at the super-luxurious Art Series Hotel Melbourne.

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Revisit Your New Grand Narrative

We received a record amount of love from you all on the social medias, and we've loved watching your new grand narratives unfold through Next Wave Festival 2014. We've compiled your tweets and instagram on a handy little nwf14 microsite where you can read, watch and revisit it all.

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Next Wave Suggests


Precious Metals

Emerging Curator Sophie Kitson's exhibition of work by Sydney photographer Jack Mannix is still on at CCP til 25 May. Exploring themes of isolation, addiction, sex & death...

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Why Not Walk Backward

Curators Brooke Babington & Liang Luscombe present a group of eight Australian and international artists at Gertrude Contemporary until 31 May.

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We ♥ Abattoir

Artist Georgie Mattingley presents a series of glamour portraits of abattoir workers in public spaces all over Melbourne and Colac, as well as a major exhibition at the Substation...

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Next Wave is Reading

The HOME Experience
via Erica McCalman

The Blaktism: An Interview with Megan Cope
via Nicole Smith


Cultural Connection Through Smell
via Meg Hale

An Adventure In Art
via Daniel Santangeli


Everything Else

Giveaway: Hindsight: Death to Fascist Vultures

This Sat 17 May,  HRAFF transports you to a Russian Speakeasy for an afternoon of film and music at the Bella Union, featuring a collection of animated propaganda shorts from the early 1920s - 1980s. With highly stylized animation and hypnotic soundtracks, these striking films are humorous and ultimately chilling relics of a totalitarian past. Thanks to HRAFF we have 1 x double pass to giveaway to the event.

Email with FASCIST VULTURES in the subject to win.

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Blak Lines Touring Initiative

Produced by Performing Lines, Blak Lines is a national touring initiative that sees a group of regional and metropolitan presenters from across Australia work together to present exciting contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander work in their venues. Blak Lines invites submissions from professional performing arts companies /organisations and independent artists for national touring in 2016.

Applications close Friday 23 May

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Melbourne International Film Festival Critics Campus 

Applications are now open for MIFF’s inaugural Critics Campus program; a seven-day lab intensive enabling emerging Australian film critics to develop their skills in a live festival setting. Participants will take part in mentoring and panel sessions with key industry and media players & produce their own daily coverage. Applications are sought from Australian writers in the beginning stages of their career, with no more than 2 years experience.

Applications close Monday 2 June

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SIGNAL  Creative Studio EOIs

City of Melbourne’s SIGNAL program is seeking expressions of interest from artists and organisations to propose new projects to undertake at SIGNAL creative studio as part of an ongoing creative arts program for young people.  SIGNAL accepts proposals from artist 18 years plus of all disciplines. Indigenous artists and artists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications close Monday 21 July

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Every two weeks the Pegboard features Next Wave news, art-related events we recommend, and info on upcoming openings and opportunities.

The next Next Wave Festival is in 2016


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